Who Do You Think You Are? series eight started in style last night with June Brown’s fascinating episode. A mix of rarely discussed history and true family research made for a highly entertaining hour.
June’s quite a character and her sense of humour and charisma shone through. This strength of personality has clearly been passed down – right from the start of the episode, we learned how her 3x great-grandfather survived a trying upbringing to become ‘the life of the party’.
In previous series, Who Do You Think You Are? has often concentrated on more recent history, so I was pleasantly surprised that this one began in the 18th century and worked back from there. The Jewish synagogue records, in both England and Holland, were very similar to the parish registers most of us rely on to trace births, marriages and deaths before the 1800s. Learn more about parish records
It was also interesting to learn about another side of Jewish history. Most of us know about the persecution Jews endured in the 19th and 20th centuries, but their suffering began long before that – for instance, I’ve never really considered the effect of the Spanish Inquisition on individual families.
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