JK Rowling featured on Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

Author JK Rowling sets off to solve a family genealogy mystery on the next episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, this Sunday, August 2nd at 9/8c on TLC.

JK Rowling sets off on a journey to uncover her maternal French roots; she finally solves a family mystery; uncovers a harrowing tale of wartime heroism; and discovers a surprising connection to a bold woman on a new episode of Who Do You Think You Are? airing this Sunday, August 2 at 9/8c on TLC.

JK Rowling goes on a journey in France to trace her mother’s roots. She discovers that a family war story might not be what she thought when military records reveal a surprising truth. Tracing the trail even further back, Jo learns of her 2x great-grandmother, who had plenty of struggles both as a poor, single mother and a witness to German invasion during wartime, which forced her family to choose sides in a time of turmoil.

The JK Rowling episode airs on Sunday 2 August 2015, 9:00 pm Eastern / 8:00 pm Central on TLC. Check your local television listings for the exact time in your location.

Photo credit: Photo courtesy of TLC. Used by permission.

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee.

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Wednesday, 29 July 2015

On 29 July 1958, President Eisenhower signed a bill creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

On 29 July 1958, President Eisenhower signed a bill creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Today is Wednesday, 29 July 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Genealogy Items of Note

  • Today: USS Indianapolis Sunk – 70th Anniversary, NASA established – Anniversary, and Peter Jennings’ Birthday – Anniversary..

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Genealogy Bargains for Tuesday 28 July 2015

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UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New Genealogy Deals

  • Free e-Book: 48 Ancestry.com Search Tips – Download your copy of 48 Ancestry.com Search Tips for tricks, hints and hacks to unlock new family tree discoveries. This free e-book contains helpful guides to using the genealogy website, including an exclusive excerpt from the Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com by Nancy Hendrickson – via Family Tree University

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  • New Legacy Quick Guide: Ephemera: Genealogy Gold by Sharon Atkins. Valuable clues about an ancestor’s life are often found by locating different forms of ephemera as well as researching various categories of ephemera. Ephemera can provide a glimpse into the world of your ancestor; whether you find an old postcard, a newspaper article, a graduation program, or something as wonderful as a diary, you can instantly be transported back in time and place to experience your ancestor’s life. Only $2.95 via Legacy Family Tree.

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The latest bargains and freebies related to genealogy and family history from MyHeritage, Family Tree Magazine and more - new listings for Thurs 12 March 2015!

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