Who Do You Think You Are?

  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 27, 2012 1:45 AM GMT
    This show isn't for everyone but I think it's great. I'm a genealogist on the side, been studying it since I was 14 and have even had a few clients when someone asked - but this is what real genealogy is about. Not just random dates and places that don't mean anything - but who the people of the past were that helped to shape who you are today. Although I am completely my own person and unique compared to my ancestors, I think that knowing them and understanding a bit of who they were has helped me better understand myself.

    Does anyone else watch this show?

    The Blair Underwood episode this week was fantastic. What a history, and the man himself is just beautiful icon_smile.gif
  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 27, 2012 2:08 AM GMT
    PS - If there are any RJers that have had a question about their families past that they've always wondered about - feel free to ask me and I'll see if I can find the answer (for free).
  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 27, 2012 5:36 PM GMT
    Thread FAIL!!! icon_eek.gif At least I gave it a shot icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 27, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    Awwww.
  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 27, 2012 5:49 PM GMT
    olorin saidAwwww.


    Poor me icon_cry.gif

    done icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 27, 2012 5:53 PM GMT
    Quite possibly the most boring thread ever. It needs naked pics lol
  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 28, 2012 5:05 AM GMT
    sdgman saidQuite possibly the most boring thread ever. It needs naked pics lol


    Is that all I needed?!?! DAMN, should have thought of that.

    I did get some messages from some closet genealogists. One of whom, we discovered when comparing backgrounds, is a cousin - 8th cousins 3 times removed to be exact icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 28, 2012 5:12 AM GMT
    I haven't seen the show, but genealogy fascinates me. My family is pretty hard to track since (I'm told) we came to North America during the Spanish expeditions in the 17th century and migrated into what became New Mexico. Not many records from that era survived and a lot of the ones that did are in obscure Catholic churches. I'm also really curious about DNA migration pattern analysis because it might offer some clues. Has anyone tried that?
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    Feb 28, 2012 5:20 AM GMT
    my aunt is somewhat obsessed with this show, lol. Sometimes its interesting. But then again she tries to rope me into watching Joel Olstein too.
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    Feb 28, 2012 5:23 AM GMT
  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 28, 2012 5:24 AM GMT
    SF79 saidI haven't seen the show, but genealogy fascinates me. My family is pretty hard to track since (I'm told) we came to North America during the Spanish expeditions in the 17th century and migrated into what became New Mexico. Not many records from that era survived and a lot of the ones that did are in obscure Catholic churches. I'm also really curious about DNA migration pattern analysis because it might offer some clues. Has anyone tried that?


    That is extremely interesting! And you might like to know that you may have more luck that you think. The Spanish were insane about their record keeping. Depending on the era you are referring to, copies of the birth, marriage and death registrations were made in Mexico City (depending on the region they lived in - Alta California, later NM and California, were included) and Spain. They also created detailed census records and lists of settlers when new villages were established. And then you have the extra advantage of the latin surname traditions - each person using both their mother and fathers surnames their entire lives. Women adding their husband paternal surname to the end of their own when they married. The vital records also usually included the full names of the parents and all the grandparents. Makes it SOOOOO much easier. Hard part is not a lot of it is online. I would be happy to help.
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    Feb 28, 2012 5:26 AM GMT
    GreenHopper said


    HAHA - new theme song??