Comments on: Who Do You Think You Are? Episode 2 – Emmitt Smith http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/12/wdytya-episode-2-emmitt-smith/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wdytya-episode-2-emmitt-smith The official blog of Ancestry Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:14:21 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 By: How Accurate Is Native American DNA Testing? | Society & Culturehttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/12/wdytya-episode-2-emmitt-smith/#comment-45143 How Accurate Is Native American DNA Testing? | Society & Culture Wed, 24 Mar 2010 10:56:43 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3204#comment-45143 [...] Who Do You Think You Are? Episode 2 – Emmitt Smith [...]

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By: Pat Fletcherhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/12/wdytya-episode-2-emmitt-smith/#comment-45082 Pat Fletcher Sat, 20 Mar 2010 07:07:39 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3204#comment-45082 #34 Dawn — You asked, “couldn’t they take a DNA sample from a living descendant of Samuel Puryear (if there is one) and Emmitt Smith to prove they have the same ancestor?” Emmitt Smith’s DNA would show his father’s paternal lineage & his mother’s maternal lineage only. In other words, because the show zig-zagged genders in most generations — from Emmitt to his father, to his mother, to her father, to his mother, to her father, and, finally to his mother, Mariah Puryear — Emmitt probably doesn’t have Samuel Puryear’s DNA. He might be able to track down a known female cousin who has Mariah’s DNA, and a known male cousin who has Puryear’s DNA, but he has neither. You might want to look at “Tracing Family Tree,” posted on 17 Mar 2010 by Debra Winstead . As Ms. Winstead calculates it, Mariah was “one of his 276 6th-great-grandparents.”

#48 Ruth — You said that many of your ancestors “had slaves they owned large amounts of land which they farmed and need the help they got from slaves.” I sincerely hope you have posted the names of the slaves you have found in your research. If you could list them, and where you found them, it would help their descendants get past “brick walls.” If you have a blog or a website and want to post the information there, please drop a note to Luckie at the bottom of her “Carnival of African-American Genealogy” page . She’s compiling a list of the different rosters. You could also contact one of the websites owned by people researching certain states or . There are many others. If you would rather post on a website dedicated to Slave Research, you could leave a posting at the AfriGeneas Slave Research Forum . Scroll to the bottom of the page for the link to “Post New”.

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By: Al Crosshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/12/wdytya-episode-2-emmitt-smith/#comment-45076 Al Cross Sat, 20 Mar 2010 01:04:13 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3204#comment-45076 I just watched the Lisa Kudrow episode of your show, and….Your doing the right thing.

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By: David Smithhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/12/wdytya-episode-2-emmitt-smith/#comment-45074 David Smith Fri, 19 Mar 2010 19:28:12 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3204#comment-45074 Re: #59

Hi Josh

I know someone who was a production assistant on the series and it’s my understanding that they did follow all of the family lines back as far as possible.

They just ended up picking the line with the most detail or the most interesting story.

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By: Joshhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/12/wdytya-episode-2-emmitt-smith/#comment-45065 Josh Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:46:39 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3204#comment-45065 This was a great episode. I loved the extent of the researching (pulling out books, going to archives). Funny how they didn’t even try to research the Smith surname and jumped ship a couple of times. This shows how difficult some lines can be to research – but I think this needs to be fully disclosed. Not every research journey will be as successful.

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By: Rosahttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/12/wdytya-episode-2-emmitt-smith/#comment-45060 Rosa Thu, 18 Mar 2010 05:29:04 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3204#comment-45060 I think the shows were wonderful. Surely everyone understands that hours, days, or maybe even years were put into researching the facts presented. Who says that the celebs paid for all their research? They or their families may have done a lot of it and hit the infamous brick wall. When I met my husband he could hardly tell me his first cousins’ names. Then one day he woke up and dcided he wanted to know where his dad was born besides just the state of Texas. We did years of research the old fashioned way, microfilm at the Morman churches, courthouses and of course historical societies. When he finally decided to get a computer he was able to get so much more information. I think ancestry.com, does a wonderful job getting so much information online and making it available for a resonable price. Thank you for that and for the TV series also. I enjoy them. It is neat to see other people find their families.

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By: JoAnne Waszakhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/12/wdytya-episode-2-emmitt-smith/#comment-45058 JoAnne Waszak Thu, 18 Mar 2010 03:09:23 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3204#comment-45058 Hi
I have enjoyed the 2 shows so far,but you haven’t told the public how difficult it is at times to find the information and how much things cost.
Sure the celeberties have the means and funds but to us genealogy researchers, funds are a big brick wall at times. You didn’t say how long it takes to find the info either. The show makes it look very easy.I feel that it is misleading.
Thank you

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By: Ernest Hattonhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/12/wdytya-episode-2-emmitt-smith/#comment-45051 Ernest Hatton Wed, 17 Mar 2010 17:12:03 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3204#comment-45051 I think Mariah is Native American and African.

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By: Arlee McCoyhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/12/wdytya-episode-2-emmitt-smith/#comment-45033 Arlee McCoy Tue, 16 Mar 2010 21:51:20 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3204#comment-45033 I really enjoyed this episode about Emmitt Smith’s family. I really felt his pain when he found the slave owner, Puryear. Hopefully, the family members whose ancestors owned slaves have broken the cycle of discrimination and prejudice. What a great show!

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By: Erlene Besthttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/03/12/wdytya-episode-2-emmitt-smith/#comment-45032 Erlene Best Tue, 16 Mar 2010 21:12:34 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=3204#comment-45032 I love shows like this. But why don’t you do someone who is not famous. I feel you will get better rating if it was not a famous person.

You have so many members, that could really show what they found about their family, Plus show some of the old photos, military records.

Thanks again

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