Who Do You Think You Are? Recap – Gwyneth Paltrow

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on September 15, 2011 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

In last night’s season premier of Who Do You Think You Are? actress Gwyneth Paltrow searched for the true stories of her ancestors. Passenger lists helped her prove a family line from Barbados. Censuses and other records revealed the many challenges her great-grandmother faced. And Jewish family history records helped her make a surprising and… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Is Back!

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on September 12, 2011 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

We have good news for fans of the genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? The second US series begins this Wednesday on Channel 9. Over the coming weeks, some of the biggest stars in the US will trace their family tree and make discoveries about their ancestors. The celebrities in this series include… Read more

New Australian Who Do You Think You Are?®: Georgie Parker

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on December 31, 2010 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

Coming from a family of strong females, Georgie Parker’s journey into her ancestry reveals the true strength and courage shown by the women on both sides of her family. Georgie’s quest starts with her mother Rosemary’s family. As a little girl, Georgie was particularly close to her maternal grandmother Grace. While Grace was very bright… Read more

New Australian Who Do You Think You Are?®: Paul Mercurio

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on December 24, 2010 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

Actor, dancer and TV chef Paul Mercurio goes on a quest to uncover his past and discovers a story of mafia violence, murky political patronage and innocents caught in the crossfire. The second of four children, Paul grew up never really knowing his father, Gus Mercurio, who left when Paul was five. In seeking a… Read more

New Australian Who Do You Think You Are?®: Shane Bourne

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on December 17, 2010 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

With a history of absent fathers on both sides of the Bourne family, actor and comedian Shane Bourne embarks on a search for the missing man in his family tree, his paternal grandfather A.P. Freeman. Shane’s journey to find out more about A.P. Freeman, starts with a visit from his brother Dannie, who has collected… Read more

New Australian Who Do You Think You Are?®: Tina Arena

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on December 10, 2010 in Family Trees, Who Do You Think You Are?

Singer Tina Arena goes in search of the truth behind family secrets in a journey that takes her off to explore her Sicilian roots and the tough reality of her grandparents’ childhood. Tina suffered from racism as a child and felt confused about her identity. She has always wanted to find out more about where… Read more

New Australian Who Do You Think You Are?®: Rod Marsh

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on December 3, 2010 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

Knowing very little about his family history and intrigued by the mystery of his father’s adoption, Australian cricketing icon Rod Marsh embarks on a journey to discover his roots. Rod’s father, Ken, never knew who his biological parents were or the circumstances around his adoption. Armed with an old birth certificate from his Aunt Amy,… Read more

New Australian Who Do You Think You Are?®: Magda Szubanski

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 26, 2010 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

Comedian and actress Magda Szubanski wants to better understand how world events have shaped her family. Tracing the lives of two ancestors, she discovers how both were forced to make grim choices and suffered the devastating consequences of war. Magda was born to Polish father Zbigniew Szubanski and Scottish mother Margaret McCarthy. The family emigrated… Read more

New Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are?®

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 26, 2010 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?® returns for a third series as six more Australian celebrities trace their family tree, uncovering secrets and stories from the past. Magda Szubanski, Rod Marsh, Tina Arena, Shane Bourne, Paul Mercurio and Georgie Parker take a journey through their ancestry in this fascinating chronicle of the social, ethnic and… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? US series: Matthew Broderick

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on June 3, 2010 in Who Do You Think You Are?

When Matthew Broderick started his family history journey on Who Do You Think You Are?, he knew one thing for certain about his father’s family: they didn’t talk about the past. His dad’s dad, “Joe the postman,” was ill-tempered and quiet, so noted Matthew’s sister, who also dropped another clue: Joe received money because he… Read more