Jesse Tyler Ferguson Retraces the Alaskan Trail on “Who Do You Think You Are?”

On Wednesday’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are (WDYTYA), Jesse Tyler Ferguson will look for information on his ancestors. Jesse is known for portraying Mitchell Pritchett on the ABC sitcom Modern Family, a role that has garnered him 5 Emmy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

Jesse ends up following the path of his great-grandfather took on the Alaskan trail in 1898. It appears that the expedition was part by boat and part by pack horse. It was at that time when many people were headed to Alaska because of the discovery of gold. Temperatures in Alaska can and did change quickly dooming many expeditions of people who were no prepared for the trip.

WDYTYA airs at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central.

You can watch a video about this week’s episode at or in the video player below:


What a waste. This year it seems as if the show zeros in on one particular ancestor and not one very far back either. They are going for “shock and awe” over honest ancestry search. I watched this show in the past to see the trek back through time. To watch the undesirable person his great grandfather turned out to be was a waste of my time. I was hoping for a trek back through more generations. If this continues I will quit watching the program.


I find that this episode was misrepresented – quite insulting. All the references to Alaska but check the map – Teslin Lake, Dawson City, etc. are exactly where. The Klondike Gold Rush and Teslin trail were in what country??? I know that EVERYTHING must be Americanized to be remotely interesting to any Americans – but I find that misrepresenting Canadians and Canadian history is disrespectful and insulting. This episode was clearly Canadian content, but never acknowledged.


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