I’m not sure if any of you are watching this show or not. Who Do You Think You Are. It’s about a celebrity who traces back their family tree. I’m really enjoying it. But I’ve often been caught up in the whole family tree thing. I’ve dug into it a little bit but nothing like these guys are getting to do. It almost makes me a little sad that the people who produced this program didn’t pick “little people” like us because we don’t have the funds to get to do this to the degree these “stars” are.
These two stars have touched me the most so far. Emmitt Smith. His family came from slaves and that was hard to watch. They were shipped all over like cattle. Seeing his reaction was really sad. Lisa Kudrow’s was also very touching. One of her paternal grandmothers was shot by the Nazi’s and she was at the actual site where she was shot with a mass of others. I did sit here and cry watching that one. It was incredibly sad.
I know we’ve talked about our family history before but we have a lot of new people coming here now so I thought it would be fun to talk about it again. I did join ancestry.com. I have to admit that I’m luckier than most. When I was born, I had 8 grandmothers and 4 grandfathers. I might have had 5 grandpa’s but I don’t remember now. Anyway, a lot of people I know never knew that far back so it’s a little easier for me to go back.
What’s really fun about this ancestry.com is that you can look at actual records. Census forms and marriage or birth certificates. It’s a little spendy though. They give you a 14 day free trial and I only bought one month to start. I want to say it was $24 for a month but I’m not exactly sure now. I think that’s a lot though and if I wasn’t going to use it for more than a few times, I wasn’t going to join for longer than one month. Some things are hard to find though and it’s not as easy as the show makes it look. They also add their little “story” to the show but how do we really know what happened to these people? I feel although it’s fun, there’s a lot of speculation that way.
How far can you go back? I did find something that I never knew and my grandpa was alive until I was in my late 30’s and that he had Sottish heritage. He never told us that. It also has shipping information and you can actually find the ships your ancestors came over here on and when they landed on Ellis Island and the whole thing. It really has been fun. I got a good feeling when I showed my mom, her grandma’s handwriting on the census form. That was a good feeling.
Find out now if you care to. Once your parents are gone, who are you going to ask?
Have you ever looked into your family’s heritage and how far can you remember back? How many grandparents did you know and remember and where were they from?