Who Do You Think You Are?

Do you know who you are? I know who I am, but I don’t know where my ancestors came from or what they fought for. Do you?

Who do you think you are? is a genealogy show that is based on the award-winning hit British television documentary series. The show, which airs on Fridays on NBC, is from Executive Producer Lisa Kudrow (“Friends,” “The Comeback”) — in conjunction with her production company Is or Isn’t Entertainment and the U.K.’s Wall to Wall productions.

NBC’s show takes a different celebrity each week on a journey to the past, helping them find the information about their ancestors that will unlock the mystery of their pasts. With the help of experts in the genealogical field and Ancestry.com those celebrities travel the country (and sometimes the world) searching for information on a certain relative, or two.

Genealogy is something I have been interested in since I was a teenager. I started with the basics – ME, and worked backwards. If you are interested in researching your family, my best advice would be to talk to living family. Your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Anyone who can give you names, dates, stories and important events. If you don’t have anyone you can talk to, then do like I did. Go to the library with what you know. Look in the local history department. The local history department at my local library is where I discovered most of what I know today.

You can also do your research online. Ancestry.com is just one site that offers help in searching your history. While some of it is free, a lot of the documents are available only through a paid subscription. You can also search other sites for census records and other documents. The state I live in, currently offers death certificates online for viewing and downloading. Now all of these death certificates are from 1910-1959 only, but death certificates can be very helpful in learning more about the deceased. Keep in mind though, as with anything, death certificates (and obituaries) can be incorrect at times when listing the deceased’s parents or other info.

There are many resources out there, and for those of you wondering where you come from like I did, researching your family history can be fun and rewarding. You never know when you might meet a long lost cousin who is searching for the same information as you.

Enter now for your chance to win a first class journey through your family history in The Ultimate Family History Journey ™ sweepstakes from ancestry.com

Grand Prize includes:

  • $20,000 in travel money
  • Eight hour consultation with an expert genealogist
  • Five experts in fields relevant to your personal family history to help you learn even more
  • Annual World Deluxe Subscription for you and five family members

PLUS! Twenty First Prize winners get a World Deluxe Subscription from Ancestry.com®.

Everyone has a story, will you discover yours?

* Who do you think you are promo video from youtube.com
**I am in no way affiliated with NBC or Ancestry.com, and was in no way compensated or paid for posting this blog entry.

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