About Heather Erickson
Heather Erickson is Head of Global Communications for and has been with the company since 2009.

Articles by Heather Erickson

Who Do You Think You Are? Episode 4 – Matthew Broderick

Posted on March 26, 2010 in Who Do You Think You Are?

When Matthew Broderick started his family history journey on Who Do You Think You Are?, he knew one thing for certain about his father’s family: they didn’t talk about the past. His dad’s dad, “Joe the postman,” was ill-tempered and quiet, so noted Matthew’s sister, who also dropped another clue: Joe received money because he… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Episode 3 – Lisa Kudrow

Posted on March 19, 2010 in Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

It was a tough journey for actress Lisa Kudrow. On tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, Lisa returned to the place where members of her family – her great-grandmother included – had been murdered in the Holocaust. But she ends on a high note: a reconnection to an ancestor Lisa and her… Read more

Personal Accounts of the Irish Famine Now Online

Posted on March 17, 2010 in Content

AUTHORED BY: Annabel Bernhardt, PR Manager for Earlier this week we published online a fantastically rich collection of Irish records entitled the Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1845 – 1847. These 7,000 original letters were written by Irish citizens who were requesting help during the Great Famine in the mid 19th century. I was… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Episode 2 – Emmitt Smith

Posted on March 12, 2010 in Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

On tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on NBC, Emmitt Smith wanted to take his family roots back to Africa, and while the task may have seemed impossible at first, the stars aligned for Emmitt and researchers – not only did Emmitt trace the path of his American slave ancestors, he also… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Episode 1 – Sarah Jessica Parker

Posted on March 5, 2010 in Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

Turns out history knows a lot about Sarah Jessica Parker’s family tree. She’s a gold miner’s great-great-great-great-granddaughter with links to an accused witch. In case you missed any of the details of where Sarah Jessica went and what she saw, here they are, in a very small nutshell: Sarah Jessica starts her journey by talking… Read more Blog Gets a New Look

Posted on March 4, 2010 in Site, Company News

No need to adjust your computer screen – you’re at the right place. As you may have noticed, we have updated the appearance of the blog to give it a little facelift based on feedback we received from the blog survey we conducted this past January. The appearance updates are minor, but we hope they… Read more Blog Awarded One of the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs

Posted on February 23, 2010 in Site, Company News

At the beginning of this week, Family Tree Magazine announced the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs and we were pleasantly surprised to see the blog on this list. Each blog included in this list brings a unique look at genealogy – yet all are passionate about the same thing: discovering, preserving and sharing family history. … Read more

Get Ready For NBC’s Premiere of “Who Do You Think You Are?” (March 5 at 8/7c)

Posted on February 11, 2010 in Company News, Who Do You Think You Are?

As you may have already heard, NBC is premiering the new TV show Who Do You Think You Are? on March 5 at 8/7c. The family history-focused series will lead seven celebrities on a heart-warming journey back in time as they discover more about the ancestors who came before them. Lisa Kudrow, who executive produced… Read more

New iPhone Application Gives Access to Your Tree on the Go

You asked for an iPhone® application that gives you access to your tree, and we heard you loud and clear.  I’m excited to announce that we have launched the Tree To Go iPhone app. Whether you’re scouring the research library or getting together to share family stories with relatives, you’ll never miss a… Read more

Take the Blog Survey

Posted on January 4, 2010 in Site Features

In 2007, we introduced the Blog as a place to keep you connected with what’s going on at It’s become a place to learn about new additions – our products, content, features and other services – as we develop them, and hear from the people who create and develop these products and features… Read more

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