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# Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Our Third Discover Who You Are Sweepstakes Winner
Posted by jamie

We're celebrating the return of NBC’s "Who Do You Think You Are?" with a giveaway. While celebrities explore their genealogy on the show, we want to give you the opportunity to explore your own genealogical history with our Discover Who You Are Sweepstakes!

Each week in February we will announce a lucky winner on our Facebook fan page and the Genealogy Insider blog. Our third lucky winner:

So what's the prize? Four lucky winners will get Discover Your Roots Kits, which include a bookazine for genealogy beginners, a Family Tree University course, a subscription to Family Tree Magazine, our State Research Guides CD and the Family Tree Pocket Reference eBook—a $205 value!

You can enter each week in February, by doing one or both of the following things:

  1. Comment here on the blog during "WDYTYA." You could write about a technique or resource you learned about from the show, or (if you missed the show) something you're looking forward to learning about your own genealogy.
  2. "Like" Family Tree Magazine on Facebook, and comment on or "like" our statuses about "WDYTYA."

We'll pick a winner each Monday and post their name here and on Facebook. 

This contest will run until Feb. 27, 2011. Official rules can be found here.
"Who Do You Think You Are?" | Genealogy fun
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 5:00:31 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [18]
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 1:11:37 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I really love the show. It's my first time commenting. I am hoping to learn ways to find unknown relatives and to go as far back as I possibly can for health reasons. I have a rare disease(genetic so they say) and it's important to me especially for my children.I have a very important uncooperative family member(They are the key for names and birthdates) that won't divulge any information about our history. I've ran into roadblocks because of it. The furthest that I've gotten was the Blackfoot Indians tribe. I am learning many techniques from your show, but I am looking forward to finding a way past this roadblock.
Sherrie Hayden
Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:22:20 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Entry for the WDYTYA sweepstakes. I have not learned anything 'new' from the show as far as techniques goes, but I watch Every week because it is so fascinating. I do hope there would be some tidbit methodology that I could pick up.

I have also enjoyed reading and viewing behind the scenes info like Lisa K. on CNN discussing how she found the European version of the show. Fascinating!
Darlene
Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:33:51 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I have only watched the show 2 times but really enjoy it. I have been doing family history research for about 16 years, took over for my Mom when she was no longer able to do it. Between us we have gathered a lot of information but there are a few areas where I have run in to road blocks. I am stuck on an ancestor that served in the Civil War & died in a southern prison camp, leaving a wife & six children that she raised alone. I am hoping to find where his family came from originaly.
LaVonne Dickinson
Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:48:33 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Guess I don't know how or understand ho to make comment to enter the sweepstakes. I've tried several times since this started.
On my 3rd try to enter this comment
sec412
Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:49:47 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I am working on Dad's Dad family since somebody has been research the other sides for me. My biggest surprise was to find out there was actually 12 in my Grandpa family when I had a picture of him and his brother and 2 sisters. So I continue to look for any help finding family members.
Diane
diane
Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:51:34 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
WDYTYA is much better this season. Gives a more realistic approach to what you need to do instead of all the information just appearing.
Thursday, February 24, 2011 1:01:29 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
During the preceding month I have attended a four-week session sponsored by the Nevada Extension agency entitled "Life Stories". Through this class I have discovered that I can combine my geneology explorations and my photo organizing with meaningful thoughts about incidents in my life. A wonderful opportunity and a spark to energize my work.
Cam Camburn
Thursday, February 24, 2011 1:02:41 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
My grandfather was of Irish heritage and orphaned in New York City, along with his brothers and sisters. He knew very little of his family's heritage. I enjoyed watching this last show especially because Rosie took us back to Ireland and helped to put into perspective the Potato Famine and Work House. I found it to be very informative. I have been watching the show since its inception and have loved seeing history come alive. Thanks for doing this.
Ellen Fox
Thursday, February 24, 2011 1:33:29 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
My grandmother used to talk about "the Poor House"; she wasn't from Ireland, so I don't know if it were the same as the Work House there, but now I wonder. She was from Germany, but she came here at an early age, and I don't think she ever saw the inside of one of those places; the show got me wondering if the ones in this country were anything like those, though.
Diane Dellicker
Thursday, February 24, 2011 1:57:52 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I've enjoyed others stories ,always on the look out for hints to further my own research & still hope that someone will be from area's where my own family is from -to be able to see area. So heres to wishing someone will be from Kunkolewo Hauland, Wischin Kolmar Posen ,Germany (Kakolewiczki & Wyszyny Wielkoplski Poland & Niewolno (kreis) Mogilno, Posen Germany(Kujawko-Pomorskie,Poland ) Congradulations to WDYTYA !
cathy walters
Thursday, February 24, 2011 2:51:35 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Found something in the census that still amuses me. Ancestors said that parents were born in "Rhodiland." I spent quite some time with old maps before figuring out that it meant "Rhode Island," not some obscure territorial division in Germany or something.
Jane Johnson
Thursday, February 24, 2011 3:26:10 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I have not been able to watch all episodes and was especially disappointed to miss Rosie O'Donnell since my ggggrandparents emigrated from Ireland. From the comments it would have been interesting if not helpful in my research. I was fortunate to have started my genealogy before my paternal grandmother and a maternal great aunt died so I have collected a lot of information from family members.
However, there are conflicting pieces concerning birthplaces and I need to find a way to research in Ireland to find which is accurate.
I have found in my volunteer work transcribing census records that you need to use every imaginable and some not to trace ancestors.
There are so many errors it is sometimes only by accident that I have found the person for whom I am searching.
WC Simonson
Thursday, February 24, 2011 4:37:44 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I just watched the Kim Cattrall episode on YouTube. I learned about it's availability from a comment on another Facebook blog. It looks like there are several episodes from London worth checking out that we have not seen on US TV. More riches...
In the episode Kim meets with a maritime expert in Liverpool to find some important family clues. I'm interested in finding a maritime expert in Dublin to track down some information in my family search. Our family lore includes an Irish sea captain who was reportedly thrown overboard by a jealous brother. I plan to travel to Ireland to look for more information. This episode of Who Do You Think You Are offers a few ideas about potential threads to follow.
I also enjoyed seeing the research she did in Durham, England. That is another ancestral location which is on my travel agenda. It is great to have such a wealth of resources to explore in anticipation of research travels. I'm hoping to define a better focus for the research when travel becomes possible.
John Skelton
Friday, February 25, 2011 11:25:50 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
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I CANNOT WAIT TO WATCH THE SHOW. I WISH THAT IT HAD MORE EPISODES AND I WISH I COULD GO BACK AND WATCH LAST SEASON. MONDAYS I ALWAYS WATCH THE OUT-TAKES TO GAIN MORE IN-SITE. WISH IT WERE AS EASY AS IT LOOKS. I LOOK FORWARD TO MY FMILY TREE MAGAZINE COMING IN THE MAIL... LIKE A KID GETTING HER "HIGHLIGHTS" MAG. ALSO, THE GENEALOGY INSIDER...THE ARTICLES AND LINKS ARE GREAT. WISH I COULD BREAK DOWN MY BRICK WALLS. ONE OF WHICH IS MY G-G-GRANDFATHER. HIS RETURN FROM THE CIVIL WAR TO S.C. AND HIS DEATH SHORTLY THERE AFTER; OR, DID HE ACTUALLY GET HOME. THE POW SHEET AND THE RUMOR PASSED DOWN.....IT IS INTRIGUING. I HAVE NOT FOUND HIM BURIED NEAR RELATIVES. HIS WIFE MARRIED AND MOVED TO TEXAS AFTER THE WAR, WITH HER NEW HUSBAND.....SOME OF HER FIRST HUSBANDS FAMILY MOVED TO TEXAS AT AROUND THE SAME TIME. ALSO, I HAVE A G-G-GRANDFATHER FROM PA. AND KY BUT I CANNOT LINK THEM TOGETHER....FOR SURE!.. OH, AND I FORGOT THE GRANDFATHER THAT WAS ADOPTED BUT THERE ARE CONFLICTING RUMORS AS TO WHERE HE ACTUALLY CAME FROM.....SEEMS LIKE THERE IS A MYSTERY ON EVERY LIMB. I LOVE THE CHASE. I CANNOT AFFORD THE TRAVEL SO THE MAGAZINE, BLOG AND TV SHOW ARE PRICELESS, THANKS ALL OF YOU SO MUCH, SHARON PHLLIPS.......
Friday, February 25, 2011 9:31:11 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I set the VCR so that I can watch each show over and over. Each time that I do rewatch I learn something new that I seemed to have forgottten to check on in my research. Have been able to go back to the 1700's and found out that some of my ancestors were slave owners. I even found the names of the slaves that they sold :( I am not in a position to travel so I look forward each week to the program, and working with my trusty computer. I love the places, information and all the repositories you have visited. PLEASE keep up the good work.
Barbara Van Wagnen
Friday, February 25, 2011 10:04:40 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I enjoyed the WDYTYA show tonight with Kim Cattral even though I'd never heard of her before. It was particularly touching, especially when she shared her information with her mother and aunts.
Kathy McArthur
Friday, February 25, 2011 10:16:31 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I look forward to learning everything about my genealogy. I love to hear and read stories about peoples lives. Their loves, likes, hates, passions and everything in between. My aunt would tell me stories and when I went through cancer therapy she passed away before I could document them and she was a wealth of family knowledge. I am now documenting my life for my grandson and anyone else interested. Life it's for living!
Friday, February 25, 2011 11:25:08 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Tonight's show is another reason I enjoy genealogy -- you find out the good, the bad and the ugly! THe grandfather of one of my friends disappeared like Kim's; They always wondered if he left and joined the circus.
Susan Graben
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