Tonight on WDYTYA: Jim Parsons Discovers His Family Legacy Lives on in Paper and Stone

Posted by Kristie Wells on September 10, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Best known as brainiac Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, actor Jim Parsons has always had acting in his blood. But he wonders where it comes from — and what else was passed down along his father’s family line. On tonight’s season finale of Who Do You Think You Are? Jim travels to New… Read more

Trisha Yearwood: Calling All Winsletts

Posted by Kristie Wells on September 6, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  Trisha Yearwood’s 5th great-grandfather, Samuel Winslett, died in 1829 in Georgia, the patriarch of a large family. Our research showed that over the years he received multiple land grants in Georgia, including in 1769 before the Revolutionary War. But as we searched for Samuel Winslett in Georgia records before 1769, we did not find… Read more

A Simple Question Sends Trisha Yearwood on a Journey Through the Turbulent Life of Her Immigrant Ancestor

Posted by Kristie Wells on September 3, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  As a country music superstar, Trisha Yearwood has sung her share of emotional songs. But on tonight’s Who Do You Think You Are? she discovers that her 5x great-grandfather’s life actually sounds like one. Trisha begins her journey with a simple question: who was the first person in her Winslett family line to set… Read more

Cindy Crawford: Turning 1,000 Hours of Research into One Hour of Television

Posted by Kristie Wells on August 28, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  How do you get from Cindy Crawford back to Charlemagne in one hour?  Things might happen fast on television, but behind the scenes, it took months to research Cindy’s tree. Only the records that were essential stepping stones could be included in her story, and a few important steps we took along the way… Read more

[TUNE IN] Cindy Crawford Discovers How a U.S. Census Record Can Start a Journey Across Oceans and Centuries

Posted by Kristie Wells on August 27, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  International supermodel Cindy Crawford has humble roots as an “American mutt” in the Midwest, where her family has lived for generations. But she wonders about the rest of her story. Where did it begin? She starts with an intriguing family question: is she related to Ernest Hemingway through the Hemingway branch of her own… Read more

Chris O’Donnell Searches For His Father’s Lineage – Finds History of Courage, Patriotism and Devotion

Posted by Kristie Wells on August 21, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

  Actor Chris O’Donnell sees Who Do You Think You Are? as a chance to both honor and learn about his beloved late father, William O’Donnell, “the quintessential family man,” and his side of the family. He turns to his niece Tory, an amateur genealogist, to get started. Chris’ grandmother Sarah Regina McCabe’s baptism certificate… Read more

Chris O’Donnell’s Devotion to Family Has Been Generations in the Making

Posted by Kristie Wells on August 20, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

 

Zooey Deschanel Finds Something to Believe In

Posted by Kristie Wells on August 14, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  Zooey Deschanel connects with a woman who defied convention to stand up against slavery — and is inspired to encourage the next generation of strong women. “This journey makes me want to be a better person and you can’t put a price on being inspired.”   Self-proclaimed “gung-ho” feminist Zooey Deschanel had always heard… Read more

Zooey Deschanel Finds Inspiration in One Woman’s Determination to Fight Slavery

Posted by Kristie Wells on August 12, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Zooey Deschanel knew her spitfire grandmother wasn’t the only strong woman in her family story. So on tonight’s all new Who Do You Think You Are? she sets out to learn more about the women in her past. Her quest takes her to Lancaster, PA — a hotbed of abolitionism in the mid-1800s — where she… Read more

Chelsea Handler Makes Peace With Her Grandfather’s Nazi Past

Posted by Kristie Wells on August 7, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

  …and Finds a Closer Connection to Her Heritage. Born to a Jewish father and German mother, comedienne Chelsea Handler has always embraced her Jewish side. But she also has fond memories of her maternal grandfather, Karl Stöker, “a strong and loving man.” Although he never talked about his experiences, she knows Karl served in… Read more