A trail of strength and courage on this week’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Ancestry.com on March 8, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

According to the family lore, professional football-great Jerome Bettis’s great-grandfather simply disappeared. End of story? Not on this week’s Who Do You Think You Are? Bettis starts his search with a death record and continues on his quest, discovering stories of strength and family members who were born into slavery. Ancestry.com is a sponsor of… Read more

Last Night on Who Do You Think You Are? Discovering Our Ancestors’ Motivations

Posted by Juliana Smith on March 3, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

The best part of last night’s Who Do You Think You Are? When Reba McEntire told herself not to get angry until she gathered more facts about her 7th-great-grandfather, the one who sent his child to the New World as an indentured servant. It may not have been the immigrant-ancestor story Reba had originally imagined… Read more

Tonight on Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Ancestry.com on March 2, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Do you know which of your ancestors was the first to set foot in America? It’s a good question — one that country music legend Reba McEntire is hoping to answer for her mother. But the history she uncovers isn’t always pleasant, and Reba discovers that her own family connections lead to a pair of… Read more

Where There’s a Wall, There’s a Way

Posted by Juliana Smith on February 25, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Just when I think Who Do You Think You Are? can’t get any better, they blow me away with last night’s episode. The show, sponsored by Ancestry.com, had so many fantastic twists and turns it was almost breathtaking. When they hit a wall, they turned to alternatives like DNA testing to discover distant relatives and… Read more

Next on Who Do You Think You Are? — Finding Alternative Routes

Posted by Ancestry.com on February 23, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

Regardless of ethnicity, when you dabble in family history, you’re likely to hit a wall. And if you’re African American, the “wall” you hit is almost guaranteed to be triggered by slavery. However, on Friday night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? actor Blair Underwood’s search demonstrates exactly why it’s always worth looking… Read more

Mysteries and Other Good Stories in the Family Tree

Posted by Juliana Smith on February 11, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Marissa Tomei’s journey into the past on last night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (Fridays 8/7c on NBC) centered on the untimely death of her great-grandfather. At the start, he was little more than a name in the family tree and the subject of speculation—of the shadiest type. But his reputation got… Read more

A Murder Mystery on Who Do You Think You Are

Posted by Ancestry.com on February 9, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

On this week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? award-winning actress Marisa Tomei searches for the truth behind her great-grandfather’s rumored murder. Learn what she uncovers and how getting a look at the big picture changes an entire generation’s view of one hardworking man in the family tree. Ancestry.com is a sponsor of… Read more

Twists of fate in the family tree on Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Juliana Smith on February 4, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

When you start down a road in your family’s history, you never know whose paths may have crossed in the past. Actor Martin Sheen found that out on the first episode of this season of Who Do You Think You Are?. In a mind-bending twist of fate, he learned that a great-great-great-great-grandfather on his grandmother’s… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Returns This Friday

Posted by Ancestry.com on February 2, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

From Apocalypse Now to The West Wing, Martin Sheen has dealt with the price of war and the prerogatives of power in his roles as an actor. Turns out, that’s nothing new in a family tree where fact proves to be more unbelievable than fiction. Check out Sheen’s trip through two civil wars on his… Read more

And the Winner of Our Family History Journey Sweepstakes Is …

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on April 27, 2011 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

Congratulations to the grand-prize winner of our Family History Journey Sweepstakes, Michael F. from Skokie, Illinois. Michael will receive $20,000 for the family history journey of his dreams, plus consultation time with a genealogist and help from additional family history experts. Michael also gets a one-year Ancestry.com World Deluxe membership and five more to share… Read more