Video & Television

U.S. Version of Who Do You Think You Are? to Premiere July 26

The two-time Emmy nominated series Who Do You Think You Are? returns this summer to share more stories of the real life family history of celebrities. The new season premieres Sunday, July 26 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central time.

The contributors featured in the upcoming season include:

  • Tom Bergeron, who is aware of his French Canadian roots on his paternal side, but wants to know what brought his ancestors to North America. He goes as far back as his 10x great grandmother to find the answer.
  • Bryan Cranston, who comes to discover an unfortunate pattern amongst the men in his family.
  • Ginnifer Goodwin, who sets out to learn about her mysterious paternal great grandparents, whom her father, regretfully, does not know much about either.
  • Alfre Woodard, who strives to find out more about the paternal side of her family, and explores how her surname came to be.

“Finding Your Roots” on PBS Postponed

The “Finding Your Roots” television program hosted on PBS by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has been postponed after a controversy involving guest Ben Affleck.

In April, a leaked Sony Pictures email published on WikiLeaks revealed the “Gone Girl” actor had asked the show’s host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. not to mention the fact that his distant relative owned slaves. Gate apparently agreed. After a lot of publicity about the leaked email, Sony boss Michael Lynton issued a statement that the series’ producers chose to focus on other parts of Affleck’s family history, but the actor later admitted he urged producers to exclude the story because he was “embarrassed” by the revelation.

Who Do You Think You Are? (U.K. Version) Guest Celebrities Announced

The popular genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? returns to BBC One this summer for a 12th series, with ten new celebs announced to take part.

The celebrities in the new series will include:

Video: Who Do They Think They Are? – A Lighthearted Look at Today’s Genealogy Searches

A hilarious Aussie spoof of Who Do You Think You Are? has become popular on YouTube. Created by The Checkout, an Australian television program, Who Do They Think They Are? pokes fun at the Who Do You Think You Are? television program, at Ancestry.com, the Mormon Church, DNA, and even a quick jab at trying to find genealogy information on Google. It also delivers a serious message about the proper methods of searching one’s family tree.

Latest Version of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring Melissa Etheridge is now Available on iTunes

If you missed last night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring Melissa Etheridge (as I did), you can now retrieve the episode from iTunes for $2.99. Last night’s episode is the final one for this season.

Previous episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? are also available. A Season Pass to all of this year’s episodes costs $14.99.

To view the episodes, launch the iTunes Software on your Windows, Macintosh, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch device and search for “Who Do You Think You Are?”

I will be watching the latest episode later today as I was riding on an airplane when it was broadcast yesterday on TLC.

Melissa Etheridge featured on Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

The season finale of Who Do You Think You Are? features singer Melissa Etheridge as she goes on a journey to uncover her father’s maternal roots. The episode airs this Sunday, April 26 at 10/9c on TLC.

Melissa finds French Canadian ancestors who were shaken by a scandalous lawsuit, a turbulent relationship entangled with tragedy and an adventuresome ancestor who prospered in colonial America.

Catch a sneak peek of the episode at: http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/melissa-etheridge/

The Secret of Erikoussa

MyHeritage (the sponsor of this newsletter) has been working closely with Emmy Award winning writer, producer and author, Yvette Manessis Corporon. About a year ago Yvette published a book called “When The Cypress Whispers”. The book is fictional but some of it is based on true stories she grew up hearing from her grandmother, including the secret of the Greek Island of Erikoussa.

When the Nazis invaded Corfu, most of the Jewish citizens were killed, but a tailor by the name of Savas was able to escape with his three daughters, and a girl called Rosa, to the nearby Island of Erikoussa. Savas had customers and acquaintances on the island, but what was incredible was that the entire island joined forces – at risk of death – and gave refuge to Savas and his girls, and kept their identity secret from the Nazis, for the duration of the war.

A Steam Convoy from World War I

Sometimes we forget that not all early motor vehicles were powered by gasoline. Here is a glimpse at what life must have been like for some of our ancestors in the British military:

You also can display the video full screen by clicking on the second icon from the right on the bottom. If your web browser does not show the video, click on this link: WW1 Steam Convoy – ‘Gigantic’ bounces around the roundabout!

Latest Version of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring Bill Paxton is now Available on iTunes

If you missed last night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring Bill Paxton (as I did), you can now retrieve the episode from iTunes for $2.99. Previous episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? are also available. A Season Pass to all of this year’s episodes costs $14.99.

To view the episodes, launch the iTunes Software on your Windows, Macintosh, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch device and search for “Who Do You Think You Are?”

I will be watching the latest episode later this evening as I was riding on an airplane when it was broadcast yesterday on TLC.

Bill Paxton featured on the U.S. Version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Sunday on TLC

The following announcement was written by the folks at Who Do You Think You Are?

This week on Who Do You Think You Are? Bill Paxton researches his paternal lineage, uncovering the life of an ancestor who was a war hero in an historic battle; and struggling with the morality of actions his four times great grandfather took. The episode airs this Sunday, April 19 at 10/9c on TLC.

Key details from Bill’s episode include:

Latest Version of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring America Ferrera is now Available on iTunes

If you missed last night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring America Ferrera, you can now retrieve it from iTunes for $2.99. Previous episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? are also available. A Season Pass to all of this year’s episodes costs $14.99.

To view the episodes, launch the iTunes Software on your Windows, Macintosh, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch device and search for “Who Do You Think You Are?”

America Ferrera featured on the U.S. Version of Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday

For the first time ever, Who Do You Think You Are? heads to Honduras as actress America Ferrera sets out to search for a connection to her father, whom she barely knew. The episode airs this Sunday, April 12 at 10/9c on TLC.

Throughout her journey, America uncovers the fascinating details of her paternal great grandfather, who was a General in the army and led numerous revolts against Honduran leaders to fight for the people’s rights.

Key details from America’s episode include:

Latest Version of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring Tony Goldywn is now Available on iTunes

If you missed last night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring Tony Goldywn, you can now retrieve it from iTunes for $2.99. Previous episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? are also available. A Season Pass to all of this year’s episodes costs $14.99.

To view the episodes, launch the iTunes Software on your Windows, Macintosh, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch device and search for “Who Do You Think You Are?”

NOTE: iTunes videos and music apparently can be copied to Android devices as well although the process is rather complicated. I haven’t tried that myself but an article at http://www.hdmediaconverter.com/install-itunes-on-android/ seems to describe the process.

Tony Goldywn to be Featured on Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

Tony Goldwyn is familiar with his prestigious paternal Hollywood lineage, but knows little about his mother’s side of the family, he sets out to learn more on Who Do You Think You Are? airing Sunday, April 5 at 10/9c on TLC.

Along his journey, Tony unearths the story of his three times great grandparents who broke new ground fighting for women’s rights, fled their home amidst the ravages of war and helped shape the American West.

Key details from Tony’s episode include:

Latest Version of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring Sean Hayes is now Available on iTunes

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If you missed last night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring Sean Hayes (as I did), you can now retrieve it from iTunes for $2.99. I watched it this morning on an Apple TV. Previous episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? are also available. A Season Pass to all of this year’s episodes costs $14.99.

To view the episodes, launch the iTunes Software on your Windows, Macintosh, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch device and search for “Who Do You Think You Are?

NOTE: iTunes videos and music apparently can be copied to Android devices as well although the process is rather complicated. I haven’t tried that myself but an article at http://www.hdmediaconverter.com/install-itunes-on-android/ seems to describe the process.

U.S. Version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” to Feature Sean Hayes this Sunday

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Sean Hayes’ estranged father has a troubled past, so Sean goes on a journey to discover the root of the problem on Who Do You Think You Are?, airing this Sunday, March 29 at 10/9c on TLC.

Sean’s journey takes him to Chicago where he uncovers the sad details of his grandfather’s early death on skid row. Sean then follows his ancestral trail to Ireland, where court documents reveal the chaos in the Hayes family runs generations deep. Through Sean’s search, he is able to deepen his understanding of his father and appreciate that he’s broken a turbulent family pattern on his own.

Key details from Sean’s episode include:

  • Sean’s father left the family when Sean was just 5, and they’re currently estranged. Since there’s such a big disconnect with his father’s family, Sean wants to know more about his paternal roots. He’d like to know what led to his father’s troubled past; why his father and his siblings were placed in an orphanage when at least one of their parents was still alive.

Angie Harmon featured on Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

The U.S. version of Who Do You Think You Are? continues this Sunday as Angie Harmon sets out to discover the roots of her beloved father, whose heritage is relatively vague.

On her journey, Angie uncovers the dramatic story of her five-times great grandfather, who endured hardship and danger as an immigrant coming to America. She discovers that he fought in the American Revolution and risked death for standing his ground. She makes modern connections with some of her own values that appear to have been in the family for generations.

Key details discovered in Angie’s episode include:

Tour a Jewish Cemetery in Bialystok by Drone

Drones have received a lot of negative publicity recently but we should never ignore the fact that these device have dozens of useful purposes, even one or two uses in researching family history. An article in the Jewish Heritage Europe web site describes a tour of a Jewish cemetery in Bialystok, Poland, by drone.

Reminder: TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” Returns Sunday

The U.S. version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be broadcast this Sunday evening, March 8, at at 10pm ET/PT. Check your local listings for the time and channel near you.

This season will feature eight new celebrities exploring their roots — from America Ferrera, who travels to Honduras to uncover her great-grandfather’s ties to the violent Central American political system, to Josh Groban, who discovers a familial tie to Sir Isaac Newton.

The full lineup includes:

Genealogy Roadshow Casting Call

http://genealogyroadshow.org/casting-page/A couple of newsletter readers have asked, “How can I have my genealogy brickwall researched by the folks at Genealogy Roadshow on PBS?” Now you may have an answer.

The producers of Genealogy Roadshow are looking for people to be on Season 3 of the show and applications are being accepted. Obviously, not everyone can be accepted. I am guessing the producers will select candidates who have the most interesting challenges. In any case, you won’t know unless you apply!

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