Who Do You Think You Are? ~ Season Three

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  1. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

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    I have been meaning to start this for a couple of weeks now, but for some reason...

    Anyone else watching? We love this show and look forward to it every Friday. This week's episode IMO was the best one so far this season w/Rita Wilson learning about her Father's life before he emigrated to the US from Bulgaria and WOW!!

    She found out he'd had a first wife and she had a half brother who both had sadly died not long after her Half Brother was born. He'd been drafted into the Bulgarian Army, but then discharged due to stealing some plastic bottles and his punishment for that was 3 years of what sounded like Solitary to Dad and I, and at that time Bulgaria and Nazi Germany were allies, so I leave it to your imagination just what the conditions of his imprisonment were like. Worst was to come though.

    He had told them he'd been in a Labour Camp, but managed to escape and that was true. Rita was able to go to Sofia and w/the help of a researcher, was able to access her Dad's Secret File. He had been targeted by the Secret Police as someone to keep an eye on due to getting to know someone at the Turkish Embassy or Consulate and attempting to leave Bulgaria for the US and a chance at a better life. What he went through in that Labour Camp...Undescrible what human beings will do to each other. :(

    However, during all of this one of the researchers she'd met w/before going to Sofia had managed to find a Half Brother of her Dad's that no one even knew existed. The reason for that being he had been in the same Labour Camp, in fact he and Rita's Dad managed to see each other for a bit before they were separated again, but he had survived the Camps. He couldn't leave the Camp w/Rita's Dad because his wife and two children were also in the Camp and the risk to them was just too great if he'd tried it. He's now in his 90's, but sharp as a tack. Once he got his arms around Rita in a huge hug, he didn't want to let her go. As the meeting between the two went on, he also had something very special to give to Rita.

    Rita's Father wrote him a letter from New York describing his new life and how he hoped they were all well and in his thoughts always. Her Uncle still had it and told her how much he had hoped that someday someone from the US side of the Family would come looking for their roots in Bulgaria and they could give the letter back. W/Rita's search thanks to this show, that very thing was able to happen. :)

    As I said...Love this show and I remember we've had threads for the other two seasons, so was surprised not to see one for this season. Been going to start one as I said, but w/Rita's episode tonight decided it was the time to do it.

    Edie Falco is next week and looks just as incredable a story as Rita's was tonight.
     
  2. Amy L

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    I was practically bawling through Rita's episode!

    As a related TV show, Finding Your Roots on PBS began last week. I'm fairly sure I'm (very distantly) related to Cory Booker through his recently discovered white great-grandfather in Louisiana!
     
  3. Allskate

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    Me too! I wonder if Rita's mother had any idea about any of the things Rita learned in Bulgaria. I'm so happy that Rita got to meet her uncle and that he got to meet her.

    I love this show. I'm always amazed at the information they manage to find.
     
  4. AragornElessar

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    Did you two see Reba's episode?

    When the researcher told her that all of the people in the US that have the same name as Reba's I forget how many times Great Grandfather on her Mom's side can claim descent from him, I just burst out laughing so hard I literally did fall out of my chair. :eek: :D When Dad asked what was so funny, and once I was able to speak again, I told him, "I just see it now...Thousands across North America bolting straight upright and going, "I'm related to Reba McEntire!?!"

    :D

    Martin Sheen's episode was pretty amazing too, as was Blair Underwood's.

    I saw that was coming on PBS the other night, but I can't remember why we didn't watch it. What night was that again?
     
  5. Amy L

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    The PBS one is on Sundays.
     
  6. Susan1

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    That show is partly what got me going on this genealogy research (other thread). I know I'm not going to find out that any ancestors were famous or did anything great. And I can't fly to foreign countries with a camera crew and talk to people.

    I was particularly interested in Martin Sheen's episode because he is from Dayton, but he didn't talk about that much. When's Rob Lowe's episode on? His family is also from Dayton - the home of famous actors, huh?
     
  7. merrywidow

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    I actually had tears in my eyes when Rita met her father's half brother. I watch both shows & have spent years doing genealogical research into my various family lines. I think I am most proud to have passed the gen. research bug on to my daughter & to a niece.
     
  8. AragornElessar

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    Not sure when Rob's is on, as they haven't been doing who's up next week until just the last couple of episodes.

    That explains it then Amy. Sunday night is Amazing Race night and also the Gold Medal Game at the Women's World Curling Championships were also taking place last Sunday. Even though Canada wasn't in it, I'm a Curling *fan* and as long as the game's good, then I'll watch it. Anyway...Thanks for that and since there's no TAR tomorrow night, I'll at least be watching. The Country Music Association's awards show will be though, so not sure if my parents will watch, but I will as I've always enjoyed Dr. Gates' programs in the past. :)
     
  9. skatesindreams

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    I've been watching since the beginning of the series.
    I also follow the UK (original) version.

    Love all of Dr. Gates programs, as well.
    I've learned so much.
     
  10. lise

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    i loved Rita's and i've been watching it since it started too!
     
  11. Buzz

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    I know this show but do not get the chance to watch too often.
     
  12. victorskid

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    I really enjoy WDYTYA and have watched all the episodes of each of the the US series. I haven't seen the original (British) series but happened to be at the Family Record Centre in London (England) when they were filming part of one episode.

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    There were two episodes of "Finding your roots" on last Sunday - I recorded and then watched both of them. There's only one episode tomorrow but, like the others, it will include two people. One of them is Barbara Walters and the other is Geoffrey Canada.

    It's a 10-part series apparently and, according to my online TV Guide, the next one will be Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick.

    I believe that last week's two episodes might be repeated on some PBS stations early tomorrow morning - check your local listings.
     
  13. Bailey_

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    I too cried during Rita Wilson's episode. What a tremendous gift, to learn all that information about her father. Although, I just kept thinking to myself - I'm sure now that she has this information, she would just love to be able to ask him more... What an inspiring story of resilience, love, family, and opportunity... For him to see his daughter marry and live such a life of opportunity, wealth, travel, and success -- it must have been a dream come true for a man who came from such tragic and humble beginnings...
     
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    The thing that I appreciate most about these shows are the unexpected/unknown - and often wonderful - things that people discover about their families.

    For example: John Lewis' incredible connection to his great-grandfather.
    Rita Wilson and her unknown uncle.
     
  15. Marilou

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    I LOVE this show. For me, it is absolutely "must see" TV. Loved the espisode Friday. What Rita Wilson's father gave up to come to North America and the risks he took to have a better life were inspiring. I also loved the Helen Hunt episode, particularly her discovery of the great-grandmother who was involved in the temperance/suffragette movement.

    I have been researching mine & my husband's family history for about 3 1/2 years, and the thing that brings the most excitement is discovering when a family member has played a roll, small or large, in a major historical event. Not only does it help to know your own roots, but it also provides an even greater historical understanding and perspective.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  18. Allskate

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    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 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.
     
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    Rita's was very moving. Helen Hunt's was interesting as a lot of it was shot here in Portland, ME.
     
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    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.
     
  21. Marilou

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    Me too! :respec:
     
  22. AragornElessar

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    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!!

    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

    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? :eek:

    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. :(
     
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  23. Susan1

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    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................... :)
     
  24. AragornElessar

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    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.
     
  25. Amy L

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