Comments on: Tonight on NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Lionel Richie solves the mystery of his great-grandfather http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2011/03/04/tonight-on-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are-lionel-richie-solves-the-mystery-of-his-great-grandfather/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tonight-on-nbc%25e2%2580%2599s-who-do-you-think-you-are-lionel-richie-solves-the-mystery-of-his-great-grandfather The official blog of Ancestry Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:57:48 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 By: Monikahttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2011/03/04/tonight-on-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are-lionel-richie-solves-the-mystery-of-his-great-grandfather/#comment-52563 Monika Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:11:54 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=5555#comment-52563 #27
And what, pray tell, does that have to do with making some grammatical corrections and, thereby, giving the appearance of being more professional? Particularly when somebody has already done the work for you, and all you need to do is take a few minutes of your time to make the corrections and thereby appear more educated? Having supervised and managed up to 40 people at a time, I can reassure you that it is appropriate to tell someone for whose services you pay for what you like about their service and what you dislike about their service!

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By: Jeff Recordhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2011/03/04/tonight-on-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are-lionel-richie-solves-the-mystery-of-his-great-grandfather/#comment-52562 Jeff Record Thu, 10 Mar 2011 14:32:18 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=5555#comment-52562 Nothing is perfect ….. Ancestry.com is a wonderful tool. To think that it should be anything more, as if it were to be a “reveal all, or tell all” is simply giving into folly or worse – vanity. Genealogy is hard and relentless work. The study of one’s ancestors does not yield answers as easily. “Dead men tell few tales..” To expect Ancestry.com to be all things to all people is like trying to use a hammer for a screw driver. The shows are good, the people are flawed, their ancestors were flawed…. its okay, we’re all in the same boat. Thank-you Ancestry.com. for what you try in earnest to achieve.

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By: Monikahttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2011/03/04/tonight-on-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are-lionel-richie-solves-the-mystery-of-his-great-grandfather/#comment-52561 Monika Thu, 10 Mar 2011 07:18:06 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=5555#comment-52561 #15
I could not agree with you more! ancestry Europe is not of much value. In particular, ancestry.de is one of the most worthless programs I can think of! I have not found ONE thing for my tree that could be of any value on ancestry.de. On the contrary, when I show a German ancestor in my tree to have been born and to have died in German territory in the 18th century, I find “leaves” on this ancestors profile view, and when I press on that leaf it gives me a 1930 Census for that person in the U.S., just because that person in 1930 in “Milwaukee” had the same name! Give me a break! The only reason I placed my tree on ancestry.de is that I have invited all my German relatives onto that tree, and, since they do not speak English, I thought that this would be a better site for them to view that tree, since all the preprinted wording is in German. However, there are also many grammatical errors in this preprinted wording. So, I wrote to ancestry.de about a year ago (before inviting anyone onto the tree) and sent them the appropriate corrections (e.g., all nouns in German start with a capital letter, etc. etc.). It should have taken them less than an hour to make all the appropriate corrections. To this day, none of these corrections have been made. I found one minor error in the ancestry France site, and wrote to ancestry.fr. that I had found this minor error. I immediately got a very professionally written e-mail back from them saying “Minor or not, a mistake is a mistake, and we will fix it”, and they did so promptly! I guess the individual sites are managed by different people, some more qualified than others. Fortunately, more and more German and Czech Archives are coming on line, which I have found most helpful. Hopefully, ancestry can find a way of connecting us with them, as they do currently connect us with other sites on the American site, with these blue underlined key words. But, ancestry.com still has a lot of work to do in Europe. Having said that, I have recently found ancestry.ca (Canada) and Ancestry.au (Australia) invaluable to me. Good job on that, ancestry!

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By: MsWinstonhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2011/03/04/tonight-on-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are-lionel-richie-solves-the-mystery-of-his-great-grandfather/#comment-52557 MsWinston Wed, 09 Mar 2011 13:42:38 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=5555#comment-52557 For me, one of the most difficult things with which I have had to deal in my family research has been the knowledge that some of my ancestors owned slaves. This was a revelation to me, as up until just recently I only knew of the ancestors who fought for the Union in the Civil War, and who had strong anti-slavery feelings. Having roots deep in Virginia on both sides of my family, I have come to accept the fact that at that time and in that place many people owned slaves, my ancestors among them. I cannot undo that, but I do agree with you that we need to explore all of our ethnic and racial backgrounds. We just need to be mindful that not everyone is going to have the same reaction to meeting an ancestor that owned another ancestor. Last season, Spike Lee expressed anger, while LIonel Ritchie was more subdued, althought I am sure his emotions were just as strong.

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By: Maryhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2011/03/04/tonight-on-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are-lionel-richie-solves-the-mystery-of-his-great-grandfather/#comment-52554 Mary Tue, 08 Mar 2011 19:49:17 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=5555#comment-52554 I think there are very few negative comments about either the show or Lionel and in fact the reaction seems to be mostly positive to the show and supportive of him. Personally I am just trying to encourage people who research to be objective enough to research the lines irregardless of the ethnicity. Speaking for myself-love the show and impressed by Lionel’s grace and dignity.

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By: MsWinstonhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2011/03/04/tonight-on-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are-lionel-richie-solves-the-mystery-of-his-great-grandfather/#comment-52553 MsWinston Tue, 08 Mar 2011 16:17:50 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=5555#comment-52553 Why so many negative comments about this program? First of all, it introduces many people to tracing their family history because they watch a favorite singer or actor doing it (we understand that they are doing it with much assistance behind the scenes that we don’t see). Second, why so critical of Mr Ritchie? I don’t totally agree with #14′s post that Maria was NOTHING but property: the fact that Doctor Brown provided for her and her unborn child in his will indicates that he recognized his responsiblity (either as the father or the grandfather of the child). And we cannot automatically assume that the relationship was based on rape, although rape was ALWAYS a possibilty for a woman held in slavery. A good discussion of this topic is in the book “The Hemingses of Monticello,” by Annette Gordon-Reed. Human relationships are complex, and Ms Gordon-Reed, a distinguished scholar of Jefferson and slavery, points out that in addition to forced sexual relations there is always the possibility of mutual attraction that exists “outside” the bonds of master and slave. But even if Maria and whichever Brown fathered her child had regard for each other, the fact was that the Browns owned Maria (and had the literal power of life and death over her), so that has to be a factor in Mr Ritchie’s reaction to seeing the will and the picture of Brown the younger.

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By: Abigail Banks Dennisonhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2011/03/04/tonight-on-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are-lionel-richie-solves-the-mystery-of-his-great-grandfather/#comment-52548 Abigail Banks Dennison Mon, 07 Mar 2011 19:54:06 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=5555#comment-52548 I think your shows, “Who Do You Think You Are” are a grand idea and wonderful research tool. I too would love to see an “ordinary” person featured on your show. Is there any day or time when all of these shows will be repeated? I have missed some of them.
Abigail

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By: Joyce Weberhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2011/03/04/tonight-on-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are-lionel-richie-solves-the-mystery-of-his-great-grandfather/#comment-52547 Joyce Weber Mon, 07 Mar 2011 18:35:02 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=5555#comment-52547 I just love “Who Do You Think You Are” it has helped me want to find more about my family history. How to look, where to look and the adventures you can go on. I just have one wish as to how to find the relatives on the first try (like they show on the show). I tape the shows and rewatch them often. Keep up the good work.

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By: vickie adcockhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2011/03/04/tonight-on-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are-lionel-richie-solves-the-mystery-of-his-great-grandfather/#comment-52540 vickie adcock Sun, 06 Mar 2011 23:12:39 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=5555#comment-52540 I to enjoy Who do you think you are shows. Hope this continues. Have enjoyed learning the different things in history that I may of not known. Have watched with everyone the people that have had the chances to explore there background. At least one thing we all can say is we are all the same. Some in the past have done important things and help show a lot of people the path to take. Then some you dont even want to bring it to notice. That is our history though some good and some bad. Hope to see more of this show. Like to have it as an every week show instead of the few weeks we are having.

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By: Maryhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2011/03/04/tonight-on-nbc%e2%80%99s-who-do-you-think-you-are-lionel-richie-solves-the-mystery-of-his-great-grandfather/#comment-52539 Mary Sun, 06 Mar 2011 21:08:17 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=5555#comment-52539 Sometimes family and history collide. A family member may chose to ignore a certain line. Historical research cannot make that choice. For a TV show it may be respectful of the living person to understand their disinterest in someone and within the limited timespan they can chose their focus. However, researchers cannot have that luxury. Strictly speaking resarch needs to be more objective and present the findings. Irregardless, of how someone feels about an ancestor there are issues of science and health that will not go away just because that person was not a good person. WDYTYA has some tough choices here but I hope the message is not sent that you can pick and choose your ancestors. It seems they have portrayed enough variety of personalities that they are not sending this message but be careful about ignoring the caucasian lines.

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