Comments on: Learn Family History Tips from Encore Performances of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/08/25/learn-family-history-tips-from-encore-performances-of-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=learn-family-history-tips-from-encore-performances-of-nbc%25e2%2580%2599s-who-do-you-think-you-are The official blog of Ancestry Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:11:45 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 By: Diedrahttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/08/25/learn-family-history-tips-from-encore-performances-of-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are/#comment-49808 Diedra Tue, 31 Aug 2010 22:45:19 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=4468#comment-49808 Thanks Chris. Guess I need a trip to the UK!

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By: Chris Rhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/08/25/learn-family-history-tips-from-encore-performances-of-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are/#comment-49731 Chris R Sun, 29 Aug 2010 15:55:42 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=4468#comment-49731 Hi Diedra – It is on BBC iPlayer but I think that it is only available in the UK.

Chris.

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By: Diedrahttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/08/25/learn-family-history-tips-from-encore-performances-of-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are/#comment-49676 Diedra Sat, 28 Aug 2010 23:44:48 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=4468#comment-49676 I heard the same info repeated so many times the first go around that I just can watch again. It was good for a 20 minute program.

Chris R, Anyway to watch the British shows online?

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By: Chris Rhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/08/25/learn-family-history-tips-from-encore-performances-of-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are/#comment-49668 Chris R Sat, 28 Aug 2010 22:22:04 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=4468#comment-49668 They have shown a couple of episodes of the US series in Britain, and I have to say that I wasn’t that impressed. The US producers seem to use the show as an excuse for the celebrity to get some publicity and be seen to be soul-searching. The UK series was not really about the celebrities, nor was it about genealogy. It was really about history. The genealogy was used as a way of randomly selecting bits of history to talk about. The celebrities were used to attract the audience and to provide interesting links, and to react to what was found. Although there have been some poor episodes there have also been some really memorable episodes in the UK. Stephen Fry – who I think is now known in the US – provided a very moving episode when he learned about ancestors who were killed in the Holocaust. Jeremy Paxman was probably the most surprising. He is a hard-hitting political interviewer. When asked what he expected to learn from the programme his reply was along the lines of “Don’t be ridiculous. It’s just a programme.” But when he discovered that some of his ancestors had lived in abject poverty, resulting in several children dying of what was effectively starvation, he was reduced to tears. There have also been entertaining episodes, like the most recent one in the UK where we learned about a man who fought in the Civil War, acted as a spy for King Charles and then went on to be an amateur scientist, experimenting with steam power before Newcomen and many years before James Watt. The US series needs to reduce the screen time for the celebrities, and increase the historical content, then it might be as successful as the UK series.

Chris.

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By: Beckyhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/08/25/learn-family-history-tips-from-encore-performances-of-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are/#comment-49660 Becky Sat, 28 Aug 2010 15:28:35 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=4468#comment-49660 My husband and I enjoyed the shows with Emmitt Smith and Lisa Kudrow and Susan Sarandon. We were saddened by the revelation that the children of Benin are STILL being bought and sold (I know folks, this is still happening all over the world but we tend to forget, until we see it here, and WE need to do more to stop it NOW). And the children were sold to work in the granite mines…is this where the granite countertops in luxury homes comes from? If so, everyone needs to boycott granite countertops from these countries, at the very least!). What I’d like to see happen, as a result of Emmitt Smith traveling to Benin, is that he would take action and help them. Despite all the outcries about this tv show being too commercial, and the actors being paid, it is one of our favorite tv shows and we hope it returns with new episodes, with famous people, soon.

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By: Joannhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/08/25/learn-family-history-tips-from-encore-performances-of-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are/#comment-49658 Joann Sat, 28 Aug 2010 08:15:28 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=4468#comment-49658 I enjoyed the show very much. I hope It returns next season. A lot of information has to be squeezed into a short time period. A new show is a learning experience. Let’s give it a try.

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By: Lindahttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/08/25/learn-family-history-tips-from-encore-performances-of-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are/#comment-49656 Linda Sat, 28 Aug 2010 02:28:11 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=4468#comment-49656 I watched the production tonight with Emmitt Smith, the first one I’ve watched and glad I didn’t waste any more of my time.

How do you justify the leap in assumption that because Miriah was a mulatto and carried the last name of Puryear that she was ‘bred’ by Stephen Puryear who raped her mother? You smeared the name of Puryear without any evidence. Then when Emmitt gets back to the slave coast in Africa where his DNA leads him, you state that his ancestors were “taken” from there. TAKEN? Were you too intimidated by political correctness to plainly state who was responsible for capturing Africans and selling them into slavery. It was the slave trader that bought them and put them on that ship. The slave trader didn’t do the capturing and selling in the first place. That would be some of his fellow Africans.

Then you make the leap that Miriah named her daughter Mary after the wife as a reminder that she was blood family … a half-sister. Where do you have the evidence of that? Surely you and just about every serious researcher knows that Mary was the most common name of all and often the name had religious connotations.

Sloppy work!

Shame on you Ancestry.

I realize that Ancestry have gone full blown bonkers commercial .. but as you are dumbing down the science of genealogy research for you profit margin, you should at least present all the facts.

As I tell every new family researcher who ask for my help getting started, if you can not put history in proper perspective, then you should not indulge in the pursuit.

Shame on you Ancestry.

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By: Sallyhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/08/25/learn-family-history-tips-from-encore-performances-of-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are/#comment-49652 Sally Fri, 27 Aug 2010 21:39:54 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=4468#comment-49652 Okay, so the celebrities have the time and NBC has the money to research family history. That’s a big downside to Who Do You Think You Are? We can’t all fly off to wherever to complete our research. However, I don’t mind the series because a. I’m curious about peoples’ lives in general and b. stories such as Lisa Kudrow’s taught me more about Soviet era history.

I missed the show on Emmitt Smith. Guess I’m missing it again tonight because there’s pre-season NFL on NBC affiliate. Kind of ironic, really…

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By: Jadehttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/08/25/learn-family-history-tips-from-encore-performances-of-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are/#comment-49637 Jade Fri, 27 Aug 2010 15:12:30 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=4468#comment-49637 Between the oohs and ahhs, and archivists presenting key documents with nary a comment on how to find same, the series was singularly lacking in research tips and methodological suggestions.

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By: Gaylehttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/08/25/learn-family-history-tips-from-encore-performances-of-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are/#comment-49632 Gayle Fri, 27 Aug 2010 03:13:15 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=4468#comment-49632 8 Sept. does it really need to be up that long? # 7 Chris Yea , Go , anything Ancestry does is super! wow!

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