Video & Television

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.

Was the Westford Knight also on Oak Island?

Subtitle: Was the Westford Knight also on Oak Island, Nova Scotia, with other Knights Templar in the Year 1398? Watch the History Channel to Learn More.

Are you aware that a number of Europeans were in North American many years before Christopher Columbus’ voyage in 1492? You might want to set your video recorder to the History Channel next Tuesday evening, February 13, 2018, at 9pm Eastern Time, 8pm Central, to learn about a fascinating story concerning some early travelers to North America. You can check your local listings for The History Channel to see broadcast times in your area.

“The Curse of Oak Island” is an ongoing television series that has been broadcast on the History Channel for several years now. It shows the multi-year efforts to find a mysterious buried treasure on a rather small island on the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. There have been various legends passed down throughout the years concerning Oak Island. I vaguely remember reading about this mystery in a magazine article back when I was about 12 years old although my memory of it is rather fuzzy. In those days, I was a big fan of stories about buried pirate treasures. I guess I never grew up; I still am interested in pirates and buried treasure and similar topics. I think I have seen every episode of “The Curse of Oak Island.” My cable TV recorder is set to record every episode in case I am not home. I find it to be a fascinating story.

“The Curse of Oak Island” has described many theories about the possibility of treasure on the island. To quote the History Channel’s description:

Good Morning Britain Hosts Receive their MyHeritage DNA Results Live on Air

Four hosts on the TV morning show Good Morning Britain, took a MyHeritage DNA test. MyHeritage were invited on to the show to reveal the hosts’ results, and to discuss their ethnic origins and family histories. The hosts were inspired and surprised by their results. You can see how they reacted live on air at https://youtu.be/6rhovvhg-pY or in the video player below:

Garrison Keillor Pulled from PBS Series, ‘Finding Your Roots’

Garrison Keillor was scheduled to be part of the season finale of PBS’s Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. But in light of allegations of inappropriate behavior towards a co-worker at Prairie Home Companion, Keillor’s segment is being removed.

The “Funny Business” episode, scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, was to spotlight Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari and Keillor. Now the segment with the legendary broadcaster will be replaced by a repeat featuring Maya Rudolph.

A statement released by Minnesota Public Radio says it learned of the allegations in October and has retained an outside law firm to investigate them. That investigation is ongoing.

A MyHeritage DNA Reunion was Featured Live on Good Morning America

An emotional reunion between a mother and daughter who met for the first time took place today live on Good Morning America, the popular U.S. television program. The reunion happened thanks to MyHeritage DNA.

Angie was a teenage mother who placed her baby Meribeth for adoption in 1986. She never got to hold Meribeth after she gave birth to her, and she always hoped that she was adopted by a loving family. For thirty years, they both wondered about one another. MyHeritage DNA enabled Meribeth and Angie to finally find one another.

NBC to Develop a “Reunited” Genealogy Television Drama

According to an article in the Deadline.com web site:

“NBC has put in development Reunited, a drama inspired by investigative genealogist Pamela Slaton, from Gone creator/executive producer Matt Lopez, Epidemic Pictures & Management’s Darryl Taja (The Perfect Guy) and Universal TV.

“Created and written by Lopez, Reunited is inspired by Slaton, the country’s foremost investigative genealogist, who uses her wits, detective skills and take-no-prisoners attitude to track down long-lost loved ones and reunite broken families.”

At another point, the article states: