I’ve been told all my life that I come from a family of horse thieves. How else can you explain turning out a last name like Croasmun when a perfectly simple-to-spell version, Crossman, exists?
But family stories aren’t always as they seem.
Take actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s family story, which says she’s from a family of recent immigrants. Good people, but historically speaking, Sarah Jessica is pretty certain her family’s history is reasonably uneventful. Then she agrees to let professionals help her with her family tree on the premiere episode of Who Do You Think You Are? and Parker quickly discovers her family roots are anything but mundane.
Parker is the first of seven celebrities appearing in the U.S. version of the internationally known series, Who Do You Think You Are? Going into the series, each participant knows very little about his or her family tree. But with the help of researchers, Ancestry.com, snazzy finding tips, and history pros, each one walks away with a new – and better – understanding of the family that came before them.
I’m planning to watch the series with my kids, which means I’ll have the perfect opportunity to entertain them during commercials with family truths about coal miners, immigrants, and icemen. Yes, ice delivery is exciting when you’re 5 years old. It’s even better when Mommy can log into Ancestry.com and show you proof in a census record.
Who Do You Think You Are? airs at 8/7c on Friday, March 5. You can catch a preview at http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are. And check back here after the show for my recap, or chime into the discussion at http://www.facebook.com/ancestry.com.
About Jeanie Croasmun
Jeanie Croasmun has been working at Ancestry.com while futilely attempting to prove the horse thief story in her family history for over seven years. During that time, she learned enough about her family to determine that the story is likely a great work of fiction. But the search continues ...