Ancestry in 2011 – Who Do You Think You Are?

by Genealogy Nut on March 1, 2011

I’ve been watching the show Who Do You Think You Are? on NBC. It is now in its second season and each celebrity they feature ends up taking a unique journey to find their ancestors. This show just gets better and better.  There have been some amazing stories full of history (with celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Brook Shields, Vanessa Williams, Tim McGraw, Rosie O’Donnell, Matthew Broderick, Emmett Smith and Lisa Kudrow). Each of the family stories has been diverse and fascinating.

I’ve loved genealogy for years, and this show is probably helping many others find the intrigue of learning about the people who’s DNA you carry and the lives they lived.  I have been using the Internet to research my family’s roots for as long as I have been able to to connect to the Web.  I used to be totally opposed to the website that you had to pay to use. Things have changed dramatically now, though. Many of the sites that had free information are gone. Often with the free sites, the people that administrate them are very busy, and unpaid for their hard work. This means that their information is not always updated. I have to admit that keeping my freely-shared online genealogy  information up-to-date is challenging for me. It really is difficult to have time (people are just so busy, myself included).


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So, I have to say that for those that are either new at doing family history research, or for those that have exhausted the free information that is available, using a paid site can be worthwhile. Not all the paid sites are good, though – some are downright rip-offs!. The show, Who Do You Think You Are? has many advertisements for one site, ancestry.com and for once, the ads don’t offend me in the least. That is because I have used the site and it really does allow you to find multiple good sources and files about the ancestors you are trying to learn more about. (Sources include newspapers, census information, immigration information, other people’s family trees and many more). My cousin and I collaborate and have been able to add many photos and documents to our family tree.

Consider this an endorsement from an ancestry research junkie, but don’t forget that there are some really valuable free genealogy and ancestry websites that can help you in your search, too.

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