Report on Josh Duhamel’s appearance on “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. star Josh Duhamel was the celebrity guest on this week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?. He found some unnerving information about one of his distant ancestors, including interrogation and torture.

Duhamel traveled to England to investigate the extraordinary life of his twelve times great-grandfather, Thomas Norton. A visit to the Tower of London, the U.K. College of Arms, and Cambridge University resulted in Duhamel examining numerous original documents written in the 1500s.

You can see a bit more of the program in the following video:


Thomas Norton, Esq. is my husband’s 12th gr-grfa and I found the program fascinating. The first one that we’ve connect to anyone else’s ancestor. Thrilling. There some articles about this Thomas in the New England Historic & Genealogical Registry on or is it org?


We tried again to watch an episode of the American version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” … but still found it unappealing. The deep focus on the celebrity’s emotional response is off-putting, as is the unrealistic picture it paints about the kind of help a regular person would get from local experts. On both counts we much prefer “Finding Your Roots” on PBS.
Although if the point is to generate more general interest in genealogy, “Who Do You Think You Are?” would probably be quite effective in our celebrity-obsessed country.


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