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Twizzler
04-02-2012, 06:48 PM
Count me in as another who can't miss this show! The Rita Wilson episode was amazing, but I was blown away with Blair Underwood's story. The fact that they were able to find a DNA match to a relative in Africa who had randomly submitted DNA hoping to find someone was mind blowing. Such an interesting show.

Also found it interesting when they traced Brooke Shield's relatives back to French royalty. They lived in the Lourve before it was a museum.

Always find that I'm saddened by the difficulty in tracing the roots of African Americans because of slavery. Seeing names listed as someone's property really bothers me.

manhn
04-03-2012, 04:30 AM
Love the show as well. Just watched the Rita Wilson episode and it was excellent. My favourite episode of the season was Helen Hunt's. I found the history behind the Temperance movement quite interesting.

I would like the show to have celebs who could explore the Pacific Northwest and Midwest parts of the country. And outside the US, perhaps an exploration of Asia, Russia and the Arab countries.

Allskate
04-03-2012, 05:50 AM
Seeing names listed as someone's property really bothers me.

ITA. And it's even sadder when the "property" is a child being sold away from his family. It just blows my mind every time I'm reminded that there was a time in this country's history when this was normal and acceptable.


I also loved the Helen Hunt episode, particularly her discovery of the great-grandmother who was involved in the temperance/suffragette movement.

I think that was one of my favorite moments this season, too. It was interesting to see Helen's reaction and how it evoloved as she learned more.

Reuven
04-03-2012, 11:00 AM
Rita's was very moving. Helen Hunt's was interesting as a lot of it was shot here in Portland, ME.

Lutzcy
04-03-2012, 01:33 PM
At the end of Rita Wilson's episode (which WAS absolutely fascinating) I turned to my sister and said, "Bet you there's a feature movie developed by Hanks and Wilson within the next years based on her father's life." I for one will go see it.

Marilou
04-03-2012, 06:55 PM
At the end of Rita Wilson's episode (which WAS absolutely fascinating) I turned to my sister and said, "Bet you there's a feature movie developed by Hanks and Wilson within the next years based on her father's life." I for one will go see it.

Me too! :respec:

AragornElessar
04-03-2012, 09:15 PM
Count me in as another who can't miss this show! The Rita Wilson episode was amazing, but I was blown away with Blair Underwood's story. The fact that they were able to find a DNA match to a relative in Africa who had randomly submitted DNA hoping to find someone was mind blowing. Such an interesting show.

I know!! What also blew me away from that one was how his Mother's family were African American land owners in the 1700's. That to me was just beyond mindblowing when you consider that time in the US. Amazing!!


Also found it interesting when they traced Brooke Shield's relatives back to French royalty. They lived in the Lourve before it was a museum.

Royalty nerd here...:D She's not just related to the French Royal Family, but through them, to the majority of the current Italian Royals and the Spanish Royal Family as well. Finding out you're related to a Royal Bourbon/Borbon is almost the equal of finding out you're related to a Royal Stuart of the Scottish/English Royal line. The very cool relations keep going on and on and on and on. :D


Always find that I'm saddened by the difficulty in tracing the roots of African Americans because of slavery. Seeing names listed as someone's property really bothers me.

Not just that, but also how in the past there was so much incest going on as a result of Slavery or just because they knew there something never spoken about in the Family History, but until it had been really looked into, never knew this was what it was. I forget who it was, but one of the former NFL players who have been on WDYTYA? or one of the other shows...I can still so clearly remember his wife asking him, "Are you really prepared for what you're going to find on this journey? Are you *really* ready?"

IIRC, that's what happened when they did the search on her side of the family a couple of generations back. One of those everyone of a certain age knew about it, but never spoke about it things. Wish I could remember just who that was though.

That's not the only sad thing...I know someone who was able to trace his Family back to Africa on his Dad's side, but because of the political situation in the Country of his Family's Origins, they can't go and visit the Family that is still there. It's only two generations back for him, so there are relatives over there they know of, but they just can't take the risk.

That's equally as sad to me as the African Americans in the US who go looking, but *know* they'll only get so far thanks to Slavery.

As I said about Rita's Dad in the Labour Camps...What Humans will do to one another is just unbelievable. :(

edited to add...AAACKKKK!! I'm having a bad day pain wise, so we'll blame this on that, okay? :o

Brooke's also related to the other Royals of Europe thanks to Queen Victoria. Her Granddaughter Ena married the then King of Spain. The current and reigning King Juan Carlos of Spain is her Grandson. AFAIK, one of Ena's sons was also the last known desendant of Victoria's to suffer from Hemophilia, but not sure about that one, but I could swear I read that somewhere.

I remember watching that one and afterwards, explaining to Mom and Dad the various Royal links Brooke found out about. Haven't had to do something like since about five years ago we were watching the UK Roadshow and someone was the Great Niece of the Carriageman/Butler/Do what needs done around Wood Farm who was part of the staff/entourage who took care of poor Prince John, youngest son of King George V and Queen Mary. Poor boy had eplipsy(sp), so in those days was shut away. Anyway, this person had letters, pictures, her Great Uncle's Diary of those years.

I was sitting there w/my mouth dropping lower and lower and lower and my Parents kept going, "Who's Prince John?" Took about fifteen minutes of explaination from me, but they finally understood. :D

If the story about the Queen not allowing Diana and Charles to name William "John" for Diana's father due to it being an unlucky name is true, more than likely it's due to this poor little Prince than the Prince John of Robin Hood fame which many assume on hearing this. :(

Susan1
04-07-2012, 01:00 AM
If the story about the Queen not allowing Diana and Charles to name William "John" for Diana's father due to it being an unlucky name is true, more than likely it's due to this poor little Prince than the Prince John of Robin Hood fame which many assume on hearing this. :(

Totally off the "Who Do You Think You Are" subject, but I thought I'd tell you that I live in Sherwood Forest (subdivision!!!) And Little John Ct. is across the street from my house! hee hee hee The main road is King Richard. There's a Robin Hood and a Maid Marian and Nottingham, etc.

It's Friday. I'm exhausted and slap happy................... :-)

AragornElessar
04-07-2012, 03:07 AM
No worries and *very* cool. :D

Wow oh wow did Edie Falco have an adventure or what? I might just have to tune in to Seattle NBC in an hour to rewatch it, just because I was having trouble keeping the connections straight. Now if *I* was having problems, I can't imagine the trouble Edie was having.

Listening to her at the beginning talking about how to explain this to her two adopted children and while she didn't say it, knowing sometime they might want to do the same thing....That just really tugged at my heartstrings.

They didn't do a promo for next week, so I'm assuming it'll be back in two weeks? I think there's still three for sure, maybe four, episodes left in this Season.

Amy L
04-07-2012, 03:13 AM
They didn't do a promo for next week, so I'm assuming it'll be back in two weeks? I think there's still three for sure, maybe four, episodes left in this Season.

I couldn't find the airdates, but the remaining episodes are Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones, Jason Sudeikis, and Paula Deen.

Allskate
04-07-2012, 05:15 AM
Listening to her at the beginning talking about how to explain this to her two adopted children and while she didn't say it, knowing sometime they might want to do the same thing....That just really tugged at my heartstrings.

They didn't do a promo for next week, so I'm assuming it'll be back in two weeks? I think there's still three for sure, maybe four, episodes left in this Season.

They did a promo here for Rob Lowe. Apparently, one of his ancestors had it in for George Washington.

The beginning tugged at my heartstrings, too, but I liked how the whole process confirmed to her by the end how important it was to provide love to children who did not have biological parents to care for them.

cygnus
04-07-2012, 03:57 PM
I love this show, particularly the British version. Kim Catrell's story is on Youtube and is well worth looking up (love her Aunties!). So is Jerry Springer's (and he comes across as a nice guy! :lol: )

Brooke Shield's story is interesting, but I was disappointed that they talked about her ancestor Louis XIV, who has thousands of descendants, but not the mistress from whom she descends and there was no info on the illegitimate child, who must have had an interesting life. I think that the life of a royal bastard (was she acknowledged by him?) would be the interesting hook of this particular story.

victorskid
04-07-2012, 08:00 PM
By the looks of it, the next couple of weeks will be repeats.

I thought last night's episode was recording while I was out. I didn't check before going to bed (when there would have been time to catch it from Seattle) and only discovered this morning that it didn't record for some unknown reason. I guess I'll have to wait for it to be repeated or available on demand.

[I also missed recording CSI:NY last night :( ]

skatesindreams
04-07-2012, 08:28 PM
Episodes available here:
http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/
http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/episode-guide/

cygnus
04-07-2012, 09:08 PM
Episodes available here:
http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/
http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/episode-guide/

Only in the US, though. :(