Putting the Pieces Together: Last Night’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Ancestry.com on May 19, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Known for her Southern cooking and hospitality, celebrity chef Paula Deen searched for more information about her Southern roots on the season finale of Who Do You Think You Are? Better still, Deen picked up a new skill along the way – she found out just what you have to do to turn records and… Read more

Tonight Paula Deen Stirs up History on Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Ancestry.com on May 18, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Paula Deen’s great-great-great-grandfather lived through slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction just as much as Jefferson Davis and Ulysses S. Grant did. While most of our ancestors aren’t mentioned in history books, this fact is one more reason for us to look back and stake our personal claim to events that shaped the world. Learn… Read more

The Ripple Effect on Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Ancestry.com on May 12, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

When Jason Sudeikis set off to uncover the fate of his grandfather, whose story was a mystery to him, he probably didn’t expect to find three generations of fatherless sons, but that’s exactly what he discovered on Who Do You Think You Are? Included was an immigrant ancestor, Sudeikis’s great-great-great-grandfather, whose story unfolded with the… Read more

This Friday on Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Ancestry.com on May 10, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

A greater appreciation of the past can help us forge a stronger connection with the present. And never has that been more true than in Jason Sudeikis’s story. When he searches for more information about his grandfather, Sudeikis learns how great an effect fate had on his family. And that his own father was the… Read more

A profound discovery in a well-hidden past on last night’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Ancestry.com on May 5, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Rashida Jones remembers her grandmother fondly, but until she began her journey into her family history, she didn’t know a lot about her grandmother’s past. A little crafty research changed all of that – including the origins of a surname, Benson. Her grandmother’s arrival record through the Port of New York revealed that an uncle… Read more

A life-saving decision on tonight’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Ancestry.com on May 4, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Rashida Jones sums it up best herself in tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? when she says that tracing her maternal line back six generations left her feeling “like a miracle.” For Jones, the discovery she makes is about a great-great-grandfather’s choice to leave Latvia — a single decision that saved an… Read more

American roots — tonight on Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on April 27, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Actor Rob Lowe’s is hoping to discover a connection to the “real heroes” who helped establish America. But what he finds instead is the story of a soldier who fought against George Washington — but who then turned out to be quintessentially American. The details are unique, but it’s a story most of us recognize:… Read more

Using a Death Record to Learn about Their Lives

Posted by Ancestry.com on March 10, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Professional football great, Jerome Bettis went on an emotional journey on Who Do You Think You Are? to learn more about his great-grandfather who abandoned the family. But death certificates, newspaper accounts and other records helped put Bettis on the right path, where he learned that he comes from a line of family members who… Read more

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