WDYTYA Momentum Builds – NBC Website Available

Who Do You Think You Are? website

Just a quick note to let readers know that as each day goes by it appears that the US-version of the series “Who Do You Think You Are?” is becoming a reality.

I received an e-mail from Anastasia Tyler who is the PR & Events Manager at ancestry.com letting me know that the NBC website for WDYTYA was live.

In case you haven’t heard about “Who Do You Think You Are?”, here is a brief summary:

The family history-focused series will lead seven celebrities on a journey back in time as they discover more about the ancestors who came before them. Lisa Kudrow, who executive produced the show, will be featured in the episodes, along with Sarah Jessica Parker, Spike Lee, Matthew Broderick, Susan Sarandon, Emmitt Smith, and Brooke Shields. Ancestry.com is a partner with NBC on the show. Tune into NBC Fridays 8/7c beginning March 5.

Are you as excited as I am about this series?  And do your non-genealogy friends think this is just an added level of “weirdness” to go along with the rest of your madness?

Anyone interested in organizing virtual viewing parties perhaps on Twitter? Or maybe an interactive chat after the show?

Stay tuned, as they say!

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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

9 thoughts on “WDYTYA Momentum Builds – NBC Website Available

  1. It will be interesting to watch. I have found that most shows of this genre leave me frustrated. Presenting good TV and good research are incompatible. History Detectives and Prof. Gates’s two shows on African-American genealogy, all go for a “gotcha” moment. Sometimes the research is not even presented nor the methodology. Let’s face facts: poring over deeds for hours is bad TV. I’m guessing the people will be interviewed about what they know and then told what has been found out. Whether we get to see the process is the question.

  2. Oh. NEHGS has been active with this show, but we are not allowed (until air date) to say on which celebrities we worked, etc. etc. FYI.

  3. Martin

    I actually have the inside scoop on which shows NEHGS assisted – but I too can’t disclose that information.

    And while I agree with you about the “gotcha moment” my basically understanding of The Idiot Box as my great-grandparents called it is this: it plays to the lowest common denominator. I don’t mean this pejoratively – it is just a fact.

    But what we can do as genealogists and family historians is this: here is a once in a generation opportunity to impress upon a very impressionable, follow-the-bright-shiny-object crowd, that genealogy is more than name collecting. It is more than a long tree vs. a wide tree. I really think that as a community we all have a duty to inform viewers as to the realities of what genealogy is and isn’t.

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