February 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm in INFORUM
The other day while channel surfing, somewhere between Ryan Seacrest and “Real Housewives,” I stumbled upon what could be my new favorite show: “Who Do You Think You Are?” Continue Reading&
Tags: columns, family, Life, Parenting Perspectives, Tracy Briggs 5 Comments »
I think most of these services and tools are fakes. There’s not one of them that can’t find your lineage to George Washington, Kunta Kintay, Napoleon, and Alley Oop all four or your money back. Besides, where do they get all this 12th and 15th century old data from anyway? Is it all archived on one of Al Gore’s ancestor’s hard drives from that time period?
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opinionated: A lot of this information is out there if you know where to look. I’ve done genealogy on Ancestry, which pulls information from all kinds of public records. Going back to the Old World is a bit more complicated. Some of the information comes from old church records, recording marriages, deaths, baptisms, (and even witch trials). There’s nothing that exciting in my ancestry but some people do find interesting facts, especially if they have a professional genealogist working with them who knows exactly where to look!
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I can trace back to my ancester White Coyote (Sheheke) who stayed with William and Clark at Fort Mandan and also traveled to Washington DC with them.
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I love that show, and I, too, have recently been struck by the geneology bug. I haven’t found anyone as exciting as this in my family tree, either, but just knowing more about who came from where, which generation finally took the boat to America…it’s all interesting too me. I’ve especially enjoyed learning more about my husband’s family, as they didn’t know a lot about their ancestors. I grew up knowing I was Norwegian, Swedish, and German. When I met my husband, he said he was American. Agggh, that aggravated me! Especially now that I have kids, I’m glad to be able to tell them they are French, German, Irish, Scottish…and who knows what else on their Dad’s side? I need to keep researching that tree!
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I have used Ancestry.com for several years and it is a good service, however on the show Tracy references, only celebrities with deep pockets are going to find out the really difficult lineages. It can be cost exorbitant.
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