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# Tuesday, 08 February 2011
Our First 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 first 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, 08 February 2011 10:04:49 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [30]
Thursday, 10 February 2011 12:02:56 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I would love to learn more about how to put my family history into a Scrapbook format and how to write my family history properly.
Dana Baker
Thursday, 10 February 2011 12:03:12 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I liked the first WDYTYA program. It was good to see the person actually "participate" in the research.
Dorothy Holloway
Thursday, 10 February 2011 12:11:02 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I would love to know my ancestors occupations and if they were unusual.
Sonja Almand
Thursday, 10 February 2011 12:22:20 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I am the caretaker of a wonderful set of letters written by my great grandparents during the Civil War. I know quite a bit about my great grandmother's family, but I would love to know more about my great grandfather's family. I would also like to learn more about where my great grandfather served during the war. I have hints, but I want to know more.
Judy Juntunen
Thursday, 10 February 2011 12:22:58 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I actually surprisingly found a non-direct connection to Sarah Jessica Parker's family after watching the replay of it last year. It really did surprise me but I watched it the first time and thought I recognized one of the names and after watching the re-broadcast I found out that I have a distant, non-direct connection to her Hodge line. Pretty neat.
Thursday, 10 February 2011 12:52:37 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Congrats to the winners. I hope they can use the reference info well. In my training with other friends who do genealogy, I was taught to trust primary documents (like birth certs and death certs) and use all other documents as guides. Sometimes the guides will provide sufficient guidance to infer a real answer, but always keep looking.
Thursday, 10 February 2011 12:56:42 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I'm really looking forward to the episodes featuring Tim McGraw and Rosie O'Donnell since I've run into so many brick walls researching my Irish ancestors from Castleblayney, County Monaghan, and Rathmullan, County Donegal.

And the first episode with Vanessa Williams was VERY well done. Much enjoyed it!

Joe McCabe
Joe McCabe
Thursday, 10 February 2011 13:13:01 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
One thing I have discovered when researching Genealogy is that a polite well written letter can go a long way in order to get what you need. One of the most overlooked of records are High School and College Transcripts. I generally have a rule that if a person is decesaed then I should be able to get a copy of their transcripts and I'll write a letter to the academic institution and request a copy of the recored noting that the person is deceased and will generally provide a date of birth and death and dates attended. So far this technique has worked everytime and I've been able to find out what my ancestors were interested in academically.

R. Nicholas
Thursday, 10 February 2011 13:16:49 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I've been surprised at the variety and completeness of records available if you know where to look
Thursday, 10 February 2011 13:20:18 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Both my husband and my family (3rd generation born-Americans) have distant immigrant roots in other countries (Germany, Ireland, Scotland...and probably others of which we're yet unaware). As we slowly unfold our heritage, we discover the strength of the human spirit, the impact war, disease and misfortune paid on their lives, and how their decisions have impacted who we are today.

It's like unraveling...or even re-raveling...a master tapestry to see the whole picture. We love it! We really enjoy the WDYTYA shows as we always pick up new hints to use in our searches...and it also gives us an awareness that every single person has a unique heritage of which they will always have more to discover.

Now...on to try and discover more...:)
Jeanne Fuller
Thursday, 10 February 2011 13:32:17 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I was thrilled to discover that, even w/o a TV, I can watch Who Do You Think You Are on Hulu. Loved the Vanessa Williams episode. Wonder whether the National Archives would give me such personal attention if I were to go there. I do know that the Irish National Library - Dublin Genealogy branch does offer a meeting with one of their genalogists to anyone coming to Ireland to research their ancestors. I am looking forward to my session when I travel there next month, to do the first of many research visits.
Jayne Chandler
Thursday, 10 February 2011 13:41:14 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I love this show. I watch it everytime and I learn something new with every show besides what the participant learns. I am thrilled to find out that HULU shows videos of the show just in case of power failure or something like that. I have bits and pieces of my family history but would love to know more!!
Laura McLendon
Thursday, 10 February 2011 14:04:53 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I really enjoy the show. I have been researching my family history for the past ten years. It is really great when you have one of those moments when you have found what you have been searching for for so long. It can make you feel like you want to shout to the world Aah!
Tina Watson Sinkhorn
Thursday, 10 February 2011 15:51:25 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I would just love to know anything about my ancestors. Due to death and divorce, I have very little information.
Thursday, 10 February 2011 18:19:45 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I have been researching my family for 12 years. Whereas I have found out quite a bit about my father's family who were English and Scotch, my mother's German ancestors are much more illusive and I cannot read German. The Vanessa Williams show was very entertaining and I would love to have resources available to help me break through my brick walls.
Ann Fodrocy
Ann Fodrocy
Thursday, 10 February 2011 18:26:19 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
LOVED the first episode of season 2 with Vanessa Williams. She really seemed to be proud of what the men in her family stood for it was so interesting to hear what they did for a living. I would love to know more about what made my ancestors "tick".
Marcie G
Thursday, 10 February 2011 19:46:18 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I really liked the Vanessa Williams episode. She is a gracious lady with strong family values. I liked how she connected with her ancestors through education and doing things to "stand out" and do what others may find hard to do. She has a great family heritage!
Friday, 11 February 2011 03:33:53 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I enjoy watching WDYTYA. So far I have gleam something from each episode that has been of help with my own family research. Thank-you to everyone involved in the research and production of WDYTYA.
Eugene Melvin
Friday, 11 February 2011 09:45:33 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Vanessa William's trip to Washington DC and the National Archives, where she found the actual pention records of her loved one, has created a renewed sense of passion to "dig" back into my own ancestry research. My great, great, great grandmother is reported to be the first white woman settler in Nevada and Vanessa's story was so exciting to watch, I am once again, excited to see where my great, great, great grandmother's story leads me.

Thank you for renewing my genealogical Spirit, Michele
Michele M Marie
Friday, 11 February 2011 10:33:26 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I spend four hours every morning on my genealogy blog
Friday, 11 February 2011 12:16:54 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I would love to learn what country my ancestors came from. There is some debate about it in our family.
Saturday, 12 February 2011 06:53:25 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I am excited about the return of WDYTYR.I am learning more every day about my own family tree, this gives me hope that I can/will find my ancesters from the past.
Saturday, 12 February 2011 11:52:22 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Every time I watch the show, I want to immediately go looking for my ancestors. I haven't had the time lately, but I hope to get back to the search soon.

Great show! I'm thrilled to see it back for a second season.
Saturday, 12 February 2011 17:54:58 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Wow! So cool. I really enjoy watching WDYTYA, only wish they would have more episodes! And it would be cool if they did one show on someone who was not famous; someone that ordinary people like me could actually relate to. But, I still love the show.

Lori Bartlett
Sunday, 13 February 2011 21:21:16 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Love the shows. It's wonderful that someone can work with the Professors of that level and actually walk the grounds that there Ancestors’ did. It would be “Great” if the stories were on all year.
No matter how long you have been working on your Family you can always learn something new. Even though I’m fortunate on my family location, but most of my dad’s side is gone and the others do not remember a lot. So I started with my immediate family and working my way back. I use to go see my parents twice a month and also go to the local Funeral Home where I could make copies of the Death Certificates. My father unexpectedly got sick and passed away. I moved my mom closer and was not able to continue copying the Death Certificates. One of the greatest things that happen here was the Genealogy Museum made a deal with the Funeral Home and started making copies of the Death Certificates from the beginning of time that records were kept. So for under $50.00 dollars I bought the CD’s from the beginning of Records being kept, up until the mid 50’s and now waiting on the other copies. The time it has saved me and being able to find so many family members is what kept me going on my research. Not to mention I can match the Gravesites with the Death Certificate and make sure we are related. If they have different information I can research further. It would be a wonderful thing if all Genealogy Museums and Funeral Homes did this everywhere.
Thursday, 17 February 2011 15:14:12 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I've been watching your Facebook page but have not saw a winner announced yet. Maybe I missed it.
Saturday, 26 February 2011 18:34:08 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
A few years ago I was doing quite a bit of research on my family but ran into roadblocks just a couple of generations back. The problem is that I am in an entirely different part of the country and am just having to guess at where people actually lived.Part of our family lived in Indian territory so I am at a loss as to how to research that.
I'm especially interested in finding out more about that part of my family.
Betty Curran
Sunday, 27 February 2011 09:48:42 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Years ago I did alot of work on my family history. When my life got more hectic I set geneology aside. I would love to learn how to use the internet to do effective family history searching. Thanks for this giveaway!
jboyanto at swbell dot net
Janet B.
Sunday, 27 February 2011 23:27:42 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I am looking forward to learning about my relatives around the time of the American Revolution.
Donna K
Sunday, 27 February 2011 23:28:57 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I liked you on facebook.
Donna K
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