The second episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (U.S. edition) was broadcast on Friday night and again was a fascinating episode. This week's episode featured Emmitt Smith, former National Football League star. While it was broadcast on television, I watched it the following day on my computer by visiting www.hulu.com.
Smith had expectations of finding information about his slave ancestry and also possible leads back to Africa. He first returned to Pensacola, Florida, the town where he grew up, to ask his parents what they knew about their ancestry. His father also pointed Emmitt to a website that provides information about Emmitt's great-great-grandparents, William and Victoria Watson. Smith then went to Burnt Corn, Alabama, where he met a second cousin who provided leads. He then traveled to the Monroe County, Alabama, courthouse to examine records and then on to Mecklenburg County, Virginia. Here Emmitt learned that he also has white ancestry, probably the result of a forced rape of his black slave ancestor.
At that point he ran into a roadblock: a lack of records prior to 1826.