Report on Mandy Moore’s appearance on “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Mandy Moore, an American singer, songwriter and actress, was the guest on the first episode of the season on the U.S. version of Who Do You Think You Are? Her discoveries turned out to be much different from what she had imagined they would be.

Mandy Moore grew up proud thinking she had deep roots in England. But she was left reeling on the season premiere of Who Do You Think You Are? as she traced her family tree instead to Australia and the ‘hell on earth’ of workhouses in Ireland.

The actress was filmed with tears running down her face after laying flowers for her four-times great-grandmother, Mary Flynn, around the walls of the workhouse she died aged just 40, having been told she would have had no wake, funeral or marker for her grave.

You can read more in an article by Heidi Parker in the Daily Mail at:


I haven’t watched the episode yet, now I’m going to have to wait until I forget what I just read.


I stopped watching this episode after a few minutes. It seemed that she was giving a performance rather than genuinely reacting to her discoveries. It would be nice if the producers of this program could find some ordinary citizens to feature or at least someone who was not an actor.


    The producers use celebrities to attract a larger audience, to get better ratings, to get more advertising dollars to pay for the production crew, research and travel expenses. Many of my non-genealogy friends have watched an episode if it’s someone they are interested in. They wouldn’t watch if it was Joe Citizen or Susan Anybody. I’m a volunteer at our local genealogy society and help ordinary citizens with research. Most of them are unemotional when we find new information. In fact, I’m usually more excited than they are when we find another brother on a census record, or a gravestone in a cemetery.


    I understand the philosophy behind this method but I still find the celebrity seemingly fake reaction to shocking information offputting. Sometimes the celebrity can be their own worst enemy in these programs, to wit, the actor who insisted that slave-holding information about his ancestors be withheld from the program. Turns out he got more publicity by that than he otherwise would have received. Or was that the plan all along?


    The genealogy tv show to see for “ordinary people” is the one on PBS. I think it is called “Genealogy Roadshow” because it goes around the country researching and answering questions of people in the local area of wherever they go to that week. Try a Google search for that term. Joshua Taylor is one of their “experts”. Their shows might also be on the PBS Roku channel, which requires a minimum PBS monthly contribution of $5 to get. (It is well worth it – the PBS ROKU channel has a great archive of PBS shows from the past).


    I agree. I did watch the whole program, but I felt her reactions were exaggerated; hence, acting.


If you have cut the cord, the TLC channel has shows, including Who Do You Think You Are? on HULU


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