Video & Television

MyHeritage Helps Robin McGraw Discover Her Family History on Today’s Episode of Dr. Phil

Here is an announcement from MyHeritage:

Dr. Phil welcomed MyHeritage consultant Yvette Corporon to his show to reveal previously unknown details about his wife Robin’s family history.

MyHeritage scoured our genealogical records, and built a family tree for Robin going back seven generations. The earliest ancestor we could trace was James Edwin Jones, Jr., born in 1763 in North Carolina and served in the Revolutionary War. Other branches of the family are from Indiana — six generations — and Virginia — five generations. Many of her ancestors were farmers, but others worked in an assortment of trades: a retail merchant, an auto mechanic, a cook, a doctor, and a nurse.

MyHeritage was Featured in a Unique Family History Tribute on the Steve Harvey Show

In honor of Black History Month, MyHeritage partnered with Steve Harvey to uncover and share the little known, yet inspiring legacy of musician and composer James Reese Europe. Through MyHeritage’s 9.5 billion historical records and a few family details, the company was able to reconstruct the life story and family tree of a musical legend who made an indelible impact on African American music while bravely serving his country in World War I.

Steve Harvey welcomed Europe’s great-grandson, Rob, and spoke with him about his great-grandfather’s legacy and how it’s influenced his life.

You can watch video of the episode in the player below or at: https://youtu.be/J0t-k5NEQDg.

PBS’ ‘Finding Your Roots’ Announces Political Leaders to be Future Celebrity Guests

Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., hopes this season of his popular PBS television series “Finding Your Roots” helps a divided U.S. see how all Americans have unique family links and how those family histories tell the story of the country.

Now in its fifth season, the series takes advantage of new advancements in genealogy and genetics to look into the history of American celebrities. In upcoming episodes Gates and his team investigate the pasts of diverse subjects like former U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and “Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin.

Jamie Theakston DROPPED from the UK Version of Who Do You Think You Are because of his Family’s “Boring Past”

The popular Who Do You Think You Are? television program is a big hit in several countries. Each country’s version of the program features local celebrities as the guest on each week’s episode. The program consistently reveals amazing details about each celebrity’s family history.

Well, not always. For every famous person with an amazing story hidden in their family tree, there are plenty more with histories that are just… dull.

The BBC’s version of the genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? had planned to feature English television presenter, producer, and actor Jamie Theakston be the guest on one week’s episode. However, the show’s genealogy team couldn’t find anything interesting about his family.

You can read the details in an article by Michael Moran in The Mirror web site at: https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/jamie-theakston-dropped-who-you-13982886.

Regina King’s Appearance on the U.S. Version of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Regina King is an American actress and television director. She also was this week’s celebrity guest on the U.S. Version of Who Do You Think You Are?

In this episode, Regina learned about her 2x great-grandfather, Moses Crosby and the hardship[s and triumphs of his life as a black man in Alabama shortly after the end of the U.S. Civil War. Regina learned her ancestor had been placed on the Ku Klux Klan’s “Black List.”

You can read much more about this week’s episode in the Ancestry Blog at: https://ancstry.me/2ECz85Q. (Ancestry is one of the sponsors of Who Do You Think You Are?)

If you missed last night’s episode when it was broadcast, you can view it at any time on the TLC web site at: https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/full-episodes/regina-king.

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:

MyHeritage DNA Testing Featured on the Dr. Phil Show

U.S. residents are probably familiar with Dr. Phil’s television show. Dr. Phil says he was always aware of his Irish ancestry, but it wasn’t until he submitted a simple cheek swab to MyHeritage DNA that he realized there was more to his lineage. He used MyHeritage to test his ancestry.

“Dr. Phil, we found that you have three distinct ethnicities in six distinct countries,” says MyHeritage consultant Yvette Corporon.

Josh Duhamel to be the Celebrity Guest on This Week’s Episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Josh Duhamel, “Transformers” star, will be featured in this Tuesday’s edition of the U.S. version of Who Do You Think You Are? The show is broadcast on TLC, available primarily on cable and satellite television services as well as on a delayed basis in the future on the program’s web site at: https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are.

Last week’s episode with Mandy Moore is now available online at the same web address: https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are.

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.

TLC Releases a Bit of Information about the Future “Who Do You Think You Are?” Episodes

If you are in the US, you probably are aware of the genealogy-oriented television series, Who Do You Think You Are? The program’s producers at TLC have released a brief peek at the first episode to be broadcast in this year’s series, featuring Mandy Moore, an American singer, songwriter and actress.

Mandy found out that not all her ancestors came from the countries she expected. You can learn more in an article at: http://bit.ly/2Ru0i1C.

Also on board for new episodes are Josh Duhamel, Matthew Morrison, and Regina King. The Who Do You Think You Are? season premiere starts this evening, Monday, December 3, 10pm Eastern time/9pm Central, on TLC.

U.S. Version of WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? Returns for a New Season

The following announcement was written by Shed Media:

TLC’s Emmy Award-winning series, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? returns on Monday, December 3 at 10:00p.m. ET/PT, with four new episodes featuring celebrities tracing their family history, as they dive into their past and explore their connection to generations that came before them.

With the help of Ancestry.com and historical documents, these stars get the opportunity of a lifetime and embark on exciting missions to discover their own heritage. For some, that may mean tracing back several generations to distinct moments in world history. The celebrities featured in these new episodes are:

‘Family History’ Genealogy Drama Pilot on ABC Television

The U.S. may get a new genealogy-related television program. A one-time pilot episode has been produced. ABC television has acquired the rights to the program and probably will offer it as a weekly show, to be called Family History.

The hour-long fictional family drama is inspired by the recent explosion in genetic genealogy testing. It follows a young tech reporter in the Bay area whose life changes when she discovers a family secret via a DNA-testing web site. The show explores nature versus nurture and how technology has caught up to our secrets. We may be the last generation to have secrets.

View Hundreds of Hours of Free Vintage Films with Prelinger’s Archives

Prelinger’s Archives is a collection of thousands of hours of films that have been digitized and made available to you online. These are a varied collection of “ephemeral” films: those sponsored by corporations and organizations, educational films, and amateur and home movies, mostly from the early to mid-twentieth century. You probably won’t find much information about your ancestors in these films but they will show you the environment in which your more recent ancestors lived. And, yes, for many of us these will show the environments that WE lived in when we were young.

Founded in 1983, Prelinger’s collection has amassed to over 60,000 films, 65% of which are said to be orphan works, meaning they lack copyright owners and active custodians. The films can be watched online or, if you prefer, downloaded and saved to your computer’s hard drive(s) or flash drives. All the films are available free online, thanks to hosting by the Internet Archive.

A Video Trip Through New York City in 1911

An old movie film of New York City taken in the year 1911 has been improved by computer technology and is now available for everyone to see on YouTube.

The original movie was “jerky” and made everyone seem to walk quickly, as is typical with all early movies. The computer enhancement slowed down the motion to a natural rate and added in sound for ambiance. This film was taken by the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern on a trip to America in 1911.

As you watch this video, please think about this: every single person in it is no longer alive, and strangers 100 years later are watching them from devices the folks in the video had never seen or heard of before, called “computers” and “smart phones.” If your ancestor lived in New York City, look closely. There is always a (very slim) chance that he or she is shown in this video. What a find that would be!

The video can be seen in the video player above or on YouTube at https://youtu.be/aohXOpKtns0.

Genealogy in the Year 2364

Is this the future of genealogy? Actually, it doesn’t look much different from today.

This 1988 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode shows what family history research might be like in the 24th century. An ancient space capsule was discovered floating near the Starship Enterprise. It appears to be from Earth. On board are three humans who are in suspended animation, a form of deep sleep that can last for centuries. The crew of the Starship Enterprise wakes the humans who now find themselves 376 years in the future from their last memories.

The Great Famine Voices Roadshow in the USA and Canada

For over a century and a half, shame and silence were the most common Irish responses to the calamity of the Great Hunger. A million dead, a million fled was the old saying, but concern over igniting further strife in the present (a particular concern during the Troubles) kept a lid on most discussions of it. But now a new roadshow coming to the USA and Canada plans to give voice to the descendants of famine era Irish immigrants, many for the first time.

The roadshow is being funded by the Emigrant Support Program of the Irish government. Thanks to a new initiative from the both the National Famine Museum in Strokestown Park and The Irish Heritage Trust, a series of free open house events will be held in the USA and Canada where descendants of Irish emigrants and the general public are welcome to come together and share their family memories and stories of coming to America, especially during the period of the Great Hunger, which was 1845 to 1852.

TLC’s “Long Lost Family” Season 3 Premieres on Sunday, April 8

“Long Lost Family” is an American documentary television series. The show helps provide aid to individuals looking to be reunited with long-lost biological family members. The series has been renewed for a third season that is set to premiere on April 8, 2018.

The show is produced by Shed Media, the same company that produces the American version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” The series is co-sponsored by Ancestry.com, which provides family history research and DNA testing to help make discoveries possible. The television series is based on the original British program that began airing in 2011 and has so far distributed 7 seasons. An Australian version was broadcast for one season but then was canceled.

Quoting from TLC’s web site:

BYU TV’s Genealogy-Based Television Show ‘Relative Race’ is Coming Back

“Relative Race” will return for a third season. The program features four, two-person teams who race across the country to find their long-lost relatives. Unlike some other genealogy television programs, the individuals seeking their ancestry are not well-known celebrities.

This season’s episodes will include new routes, new contestants, new cities and new challenges, according to Dan J. Debenham, executive producer of the show. teams will travel for 10 days, completing two challenges every day, with only paper maps, a rental car and a flip phone to help them. To help them find their way through strange cities and complete their two daily challenges, the contestants will receive instructions by text message that will hopefully lead them to discover new relatives. They will then be asked to stay overnight with a new relative that they meet in each city, according to a news release at http://prn.to/2Frq0P2.

IGRS Launches “How-To” Irish Genealogy Videos

The following announcement was written by the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS):

Access to records useful for Irish genealogy has become easier since the onset of the digital age. But wider access often serves only to highlight just how frustrating Irish family history can be. Too frequently it’s difficult to search cleverly within the surviving records and not always easy to interpret the results.

Over the last while we’ve heard again and again researchers say “how I wish that an experienced genealogist could be sat right next me, while online, sharing the benefit of their experience and expertise”. Now, with the release of an initial three “How-To” Irish genealogy videos, the IGRS is making that wish come true.

Update: Was the Westford Knight also on Oak Island?

About a week ago, I published Was the Westford Knight also on Oak Island? at http://bit.ly/2Eq2c11. The article, and an earlier article from several years ago, describe what was then a future television program that introduced the topic of possible visits by medieval Knights Templar to North America in the 1300s, possibly even earlier. I also gave information about the date and time the program was to be broadcast.

This episode of The Curse of Oak Island has now been broadcast. However, if you missed it and if you would like to view the program, you can view it free of charge on The History Channel’s web site at: https://www.history.com/shows/the-curse-of-oak-island/season-5/episode-14. However, you will be asked to log in by using your user name and password used to access your cable provider’s web site. If you do not have such a user name and password, you will not be able to view the video.