WDYTYA Recap: Sean Hayes Finds Order in Petty Session Court Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 30, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

Trouble seemed to follow Sean Hayes’ ancestors down generations and even over an ocean. But trouble, especially when it led to clashes with the law, became a lynchpin in uncovering Sean’s story. Researching ancestors in Ireland has always required some creativity due to the loss of 19th-century census returns. Censuses are a staple in U.S.… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: The Shortest Distance Between Two Points, Sometimes Isn’t

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 16, 2015 in Who Do You Think You Are?

It’s a frustrating fact that most historical records were never designed to tell us what we want to know nowadays. When created, their purpose was not to appease curiosities in the 21st century. Instead, genealogists are constantly using their education and experience to coax out answers about people, places and time periods. We also rely… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Returns with Julie Chen: Sometimes You Just Have to Go and Walk up the Mountain

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 9, 2015 in Who Do You Think You Are?

We’ve been saying it for many years: the Internet has forever changed family history. We all like to talk about finding digitized records in the comfort of our homes, in the wee hours of the night, wearing our pajamas. Basically, we’ve been spoiled. But, amazing as all these digitized family history sources are, you can’t… Read more

Branch Out Comes to the UK. Enter to Win the Ultimate Family History Package!

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 9, 2014 in Contest, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

We know you love your family history research. We also know how challenging it can be to break through brick walls, locate a missing ancestor or prove a family connection you have long suspected. Have you ever imagined yourself on an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? While we can’t get you a… Read more

’60s icon Twiggy is next to explore her roots on Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 8, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, Stories, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

It’s the 100th episode of Who Do You Think You Are? tomorrow night at 9pm on BBC1. Next to explore her family history is 1960s icon Twiggy.     Twiggy, born Lesley Hornby, is a famous model, actor, and designer. Growing up in London, Twiggy had a happy childhood but knew very little about her… Read more

World Famous Comedian Billy ‘The Big Yin’ Connolly is next on Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 2, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, Stories, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

World famous comedian Billy Connolly is the next star to go on his family history journey on tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?       ‘The Big Yin’ is famous for his Scottish wit and has entertained audiences for many years with stories of his life in Scotland. Having endured a tough childhood… Read more

From London to Ghana with Reggie Yates on the next episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 24, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Stories, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Presenter and DJ Reggie Yates is the next celebrity to share their family history journey with us on tomorrow night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?     Growing up in London Reggie was conscious of the bustling nature of a city with a diverse immigrant population. Both of Reggie’s parents are from Ghana… Read more

Behind-the-Scenes with Who Do You Think You Are? Production Crew

Posted by Kristie Wells on September 18, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?

We recently sat down with Jim Albarano, Line Producer, and Vicky Bramley, Production Manager, from Shed Media US, the production company behind the hit Who Do You Think You Are? show to ask them a few questions. Jim and Vicky have a long history with Who Do You Think You Are? and they have experienced… Read more

Star of stage and screen Martin Shaw is next on Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Actor Martin Shaw is the next celebrity to explore his family history on tomorrow night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?   Born and raised in Birmingham, the eldest of two children, Martin now lives in Norfolk. The star of over 100 films, plays and television shows, Martin is curious to discover the truth about… Read more

Mary Berry of the “Great British Bake Off” discovers her family story on the next “Who Do You Think You Are?” (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Star of the Great British Bake Off, Mary Berry is next to delve into her ancestry on tomorrow night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?     It turns out that baking is in Mary’s genes as she discovers that her ancestor Robert Houghton ran a bakery in Norwich. He ran the bakery for… Read more