“Who Do You Think You Are?” Recap Featuring Lea Michele: The Immigration of Benuta Veissy

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 1, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  Ellis Island, nicknamed the “Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears,” was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States from 1892 through 1954. Three million of those were Jewish immigrants from Europe. This included Lea Michele’s great-grandmother Benuta Veissy. Lea Michele learned how history affected her immigrant ancestor’s experience as American… Read more

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Recap Featuring Chris Noth: Finding Answers through Historical Context

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 1, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

As genealogists we focus on identifying our family amid the mass of humanity surrounding them. At times having a narrow focus serves us well. For instance, it was extremely important when searching for Chris’s ancestor John McGuire to find the correct John McGuire in British military and local Irish records (rest assured, there are a lot… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap Featuring Molly Ringwald: Investigating a Family Legend

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 24, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

When starting family history research, it is usually a good idea to gather all the family stories and legends to see if there is any truth at their core. Molly Ringwald shared with us the story that her father told about being descended from Swedish royalty. That sounded pretty intriguing, so the search quickly focused… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with Katey Sagal: The Present Past

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 17, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

On Who Do You Think You Are? family history isn’t always an unfamiliar story slumbering in a distant past. It’s often a search for close family lost in a painful present. But what can you possibly find if you don’t even know much about the life of a parent or grandparent? What if names were… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with Scott Foley: The Key to New England

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 10, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

New England is a place with beautiful fall colors and a rich history of early immigrant settlements, struggles to survive under harsh conditions, religious growth and strife, military conflicts and witchcraft. Scott Foley’s ancestors faced all of these conditions. As Scott Foley experienced, learning about the civil, social, and economic conditions of this part of… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with Aisha Tyler: Headlining your History

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 3, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? continues to draw millions of viewers in every season because each episode masterfully brings the past to life and tells an evocative story. “How can I find stories like that in my tree?” is the question we hear often at Ancestry, and the answer might be simpler than you… Read more

TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” Returns April 3 at 9/8c

Posted by Jessica Murray on March 31, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Mark your calendars! It’s our favorite time of year. Who Do You Think You Are? returns to TLC on April 3rd at 9/8c and will feature family history journeys with Aisha Tyler, Scott Foley, Katey Sagal, Molly Ringwald, Lea Michelle and Christopher Noth. Ancestry is proud to be a research partner on the show again and following each… Read more

How to make the most of your ProGenealogists consultation at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2016

Posted by Bryony Partridge on March 31, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

For the first time, AncestryProGenealogists will offer 45-minute, one-on-one consultations with our team of experts at Who Do You Think You Are? Live in Birmingham from 7th-9th April 2016. Ancestry’s in-house research department has explored the genealogy of countless celebrities for television show, Who Do You Think You Are? and now it could be your… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Those Record-keeping French!

Posted by Ancestry Team on September 2, 2015 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Whenever we research the family history of a celebrity for Who Do You Think You Are? there is always the concern that there may not be adequate records to build a full family tree. Fortunately, when the assignment came to research Tom Bergeron, known to be of French Canadian ancestry, we were confident that we… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Finding Ancestors Who Don’t Want to Be Found with Bryan Cranston

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 23, 2015 in Celebrity, Who Do You Think You Are?

A frustrating occurrence in many genealogical research projects is when an ancestor disappears entirely from the records. You have a great line of sources proving your conclusions back to the 1800s, but there’s one person who is holding you back. Maybe he ran away from his family to start a new life or find adventure.… Read more