“A New Leaf”, A new Television Series by Ancestry® to debut on NBC this Fall

From the Ancestry.com Blog:

“Set your DVRs and mark your calendars — we have a new television show debuting on NBC!

“We heard your feedback: You love “Who Do You Think You Are?” – but also want to see everyday people embark on journeys of personal discovery too. So, we bring you – “A New Leaf”!

“Each week ‘A New Leaf’ will follow people on the cusp of key life inflection points, who using family history, genealogy, and sometimes AncestryDNA® analysis will go on a journey of self-discovery and learn from the past while looking to the future. In partnership with Ancestry, Fuentes will join families as they learn the importance of appreciating and understanding their family history and ancestors in order to make important life decisions.”

You can read more in the Ancestry.com Blog at: https://tinyurl.com/eogn190924b.

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Eh boring I could care less about everyday people – I want to know about Sports Stars and Celebs!

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    Lots of these so-called ‘celebs’ are boring individuals but it’s the twists and turns and the unexpected discoveries that make these shows interesting.
    As for making ‘important life decisions’ based on what your ancestors did, that sounds about as interesting as these over hyped ‘reality’ shows and they’re full of so-called celebs.
    Give me ordinary people any day.

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    The Sports Stars have the money and have someone do all the research for them.

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    My family is trying to make the connection of our being related to Ethan Allen. I have an Ancestry account and have asked for help making the connection using someone connected to Ancestry. I haven’t heard anything back from Ancestry. This has been the story we’ve been told for many years.

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    Tthere are already several series devoted to exploring the ancestry of “Sports Stars and Celebs” and a lot of people have commmented that they’d like to see some episodes about ordinary people like themselves, so even if it’s of no interest to you, this new series may fill an important gap for others, provided they do a good job and don’t try to turn the program into an infomercial

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Am I missing something, or is there no date and time given for the airing?

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The Ancestry article says it’s part of NBC’s Saturday morning programming block, so check local listings. TVGuide.com has a search box, and that came up with 6:30 p.m. in Portland, Oregon, on KGW, the NBC affiliate. We’re West Coast so live sports start early and there are few other morning programs. I also checked KGW’s website; it doesn’t show it on the online listings. Hope this gets cleared up be Oct. 5, otherwise I’ll search Comcast’s On Demand listings and watch it on my time.

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I was sad to see it listed for Saturday mornings. That time slot will probably kill it on the vine! Who is ready for that kind of show on Saturday mornings. Ratings are what networks watch.
I will be watching but I wonder how many others will be?

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I find it more enjoyable to do the research myself. I know what to do with the records once I find them. I just sometimes don’t know what there is available and where to find it. But, I often make new discoveries on my own. The most recent helpful discovery was finding that some medieval English records have been published in modern English translations — things like Inquisitions Post Mortem from the time of Richard II or land records of Essex Co, England from the 1300’s.

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I have one branch of my tree that I can’t seem to break that wall! Most of the other sides I can reach back quite a ways! I don’t have a wealth of money and can’t pay a genealogist! It’s really sad. How can I get considered for this show?

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Fantastic! Would love to have that experience!

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how do i sign up?

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More marketing horse-poop from Ancestry. They will likely show people finding all the information they need by just clicking on the Leaf Hints. (I find them less than 50% accurate as a rule.) Then they will encourage copying other people’s trees without verification or documentation.
IF they showed the person how to actually search the various databases themselves to find the documentation it would be a pretty boring show but valuable from a family history standpoint. Showing how to find the stories about the ancestors could be interesting, but I find other sources than Ancestry better for newspaper and book searches.
Oh well..

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I like the idea of real people instead of celebrities. Would to go on this journey. My family is mostly under the grid.

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I am an Ancesrty subscriber. Would love to be considered for A New Leaf. My father’s family comes from Scotland, but there are so many John and James Jacksons I’m not sure which ones to follow. Have a John Jackson born in 1674, but not sure he is one of my Jacksons.
Arlene Jackson Coppin. swede07@comcast.net

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I was adopted, so I find all histories very, very interesting. I am a firm believer in DNA testing, as I do believe DNA does not lie, people do. I find all these shows help those of us that do not have a history to help us uncover our histories. I know many years ago, everything was very secretive, but I feel I have just as much right to know (good or bad) what my background is, and that includes my health history. I don’t believe that the government or anyone has a right to my history just because I was adopted. The truth is the truth, and I will watch this show and hope it will help open some new ideas for information to my past.

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It sounds like a great show. I hope each episode will be as long as “Who Do You Think You Are”. I watched that as long as it was on NBC, but couldn’t when it went to TLC. I would also like to know how you choose your cast.

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Good eye. Not my first thought; but, now that you bring it up. I will watch, anyway, with the marketing aspect in mind.

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I would LOVE to be considered for the show. I already have my DNA already tested through Ancestry.

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The show is listed for FIOS in the Granada Hills, Los Angeles at 5:00 pm.

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With a maiden name of Hoosier, I would love to investigate this more thoroughly. I have done some research, but would love to be on this show!

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I would like to see how to work thorugh DNA issues. What do the DNA findings mean? How do you find links between you and other matches that you don’t have direct links in your tree for? I know for the sake of time they can’t do that in real-time, but they could make the links for these people and then show us the bunny trail and thought process they followed to get to the common ancestors…. Any thoughts?

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    To properly use DNA, you compare chromosome strings with possible cousin matches who also share a common ancestor. When they share the same same chromosome string as well as match each other, you have likely found a common ancestor. This is over-simplified, but you get the picture. Without matching chromosomes using a chromosome browser, only using family trees, matches mean very little. This is why Thru-Lines are such a disappointment. And since Ancestry offers no chromosome browser, why you can’t prove matches.
    If you want to really use your DNA information, upload your RAW data to MyHeritage, and see how it is done.

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My mom grew up in an orphanage. She never knew her parents, just her mothers name. Ancestry DNA has helped a lot but I would still like to meet someone from her family line.

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Where can I watch episode 1, missed it…

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