Who do YOU think you are?

Who do YOU think you are?

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Did you see the new genealogy reality show last Friday night?  Who Do You Think You Are? has sucked me in!  The episodes take celebrities on a search for their ancestors, with some pretty amazing results.

My thoughts in no order:

*  all of the featured  personalities are celebrities – not just everyday folks

* the celebrities’ stories could be my stories or your stories – they were everyday folks before they were stars

* the show only presents the exciting results – not the hundreds of hours of work done by professional genealogists to achieve the results

* it would be awesome to have those resources

* the emotions are real

* as I got caught up in her story, I forgot Sarah Jessica Parker was a star

* to be physically present in a place where an ancestor has stood creates a strong bond and sometimes overwhelming emotion

* I want to know my ancestors and some details of their lives

* genealogy is addictive!

Tune in tonight at 7 p.m. MST on NBC to watch Emmitt Smith’s family history unfold.  Check out the website for past episodes.  You’re gonna love it!

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