December 22, 2014

WDYTYA: Show Ends And Paula Deen Has A Surprise

Who Do You Think You Are Is Not Renewed

I’m really bummed out that Who Do You Think You Are? wasn’t renewed for another season. I guess we were lucky it was on as long as it was. It’s my opinion that even with a good time slot, interesting stars and healthy topics like personal family history, it just wasn’t a quick money maker like some of the other shows on TV now. They cater to some made-up demographic they “say” is more of the 20-30 age range, but I’m sorry, it just doesn’t fly with me.

There seems to be a complete misunderstanding on which age group has the most money to spend (us older folks) and which one does spend. Maybe that’s the problem. The mentality of not renewing good family shows like WDYTYA in favor of some low brow fluff is just another example of national stations making a quick buck any way they can.

Paula Deen’s Family History Surprise

I didn’t expect Paula Deen to be all that knowledgeable about the Civil War in the south, or it’s ramifications. I think her interests have run in the direction of making a living and successful business interests. I don’t fault her for that in the least.

I do think she was genuinely saddened by the war story of her ancestor’s son and his eventual death. I imagine she was imagining her own boys in the same situation. I’ve heard some people griping about her not anticipating that some of her family could have been slave owners and rather than looking at it as a seasoned genealogist, I’ve tried to see it from a ‘newbie’s’ point of view as she did.

We all like to believe that our families didn’t own slaves but that is a exercise in futility. I know mine did and I do think it is horrible, but I can’t change history. Some of my ancestors were indentured servants also, and that is a whole other part of history of a kind of slavery. NBC had/has a chance to educate our younger generations about history and how it affected their ancestors then and now, but right now it’s not to be.

Who Do You Think You Are? may be gone now, but you can still find many genealogy-related programs on TV and in podcasts or webinars. Think about investigating some of these well put together programs too.

Some genealogy-related TV viewing  suggestions are:

Finding Your Roots with Henry Lewis Gates, Jr. on PBS (Sundays)

The Story Trek with Todd Hansen on BYUtv (Mondays)

American Ride with Stan Ellsworth (also BYU; Mondays)

History Detectives on PBS

Ancestors on BYUtv

Suggested Genealogy Webinars

Thomas MacEntee has an excellent listing of upcoming genealogy webinars on his blog.

My friend Michael has Genealogy Webinars with Genealogist Michael John Neill is available. These genealogy webinars can be downloaded and you can listen to them on your schedule too.

Those are just two suggestions. Try a Google search for genealogy webinars to see what else you can find.

 

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