November 29, 2015

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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Waterford, Wedgewood and Royal Doulton Collectibles

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Over the years I’ve collected several Waterford, Wedgewood and Royal Doulton pieces and have them proudly displayed all over the house.

My first pieces were given to me by my mother. Her step mother Lillian Epstein Moline had some beautiful Wedgewood queensware ashtrays and I loved them so much I asked if I could have them.  I was thrilled when she said “yes”!  Mine are just small 4 inch ones, but I do have a larger one the same color with three resting places for cigarettes.

I counted up all my plates, butter pats and platters this morning and I have 14 of them in total.  Most are in my kitchen above the counters and the majority are Old Country Roses or Petite Point Royal Albert.

It was thrilling for me to find out today that I am now and affiliate for Wedgewood, Waterford and Royal Doulton.  I love being able to share their glorious products with you from time to time.  It’s the season for giving and planning ahead for special ornaments, so I’m posting a few links here to show you some in that category.

The Waterford 2011 Times Square Disc Ornament, 4th Edition

Wedgwood Santa Cameo Ornament

Waterford Housewarming Santa Ornament

These are all just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds more ornaments, bells, vases, dinnerware and decor.  Click any image here and see what you can find. Or, Find Inspiration with Waterford’s Holiday Gift Guide!

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Ancestry Throws A 15 Day Genealogy Feast Starting October 1 15th Anniversary Sweepstakes

Ready, Set, Search! 

Ancestry is celebrating 15 years of genealogy goodness with their 15 days of free access to selected databases on their site.  For my readers who’ve been waiting for a chance like this, it’s finally arrived!

Win Daily Prizes with 15th Anniversary Sweepstakes

Beginning October1, 2011 and running through October 15th at midnight.

 Each day of the 15 days you’ll check the site to see which database is available, as well as what prize is being awarded that day.  (The first database is the Social Security Death Index; the first day prize is a 1 year World Explorer Membership).

Fifteen Years:  The People Behind Ancestry’s Success

I’m looking forward to seeing all of the faces and stories of those who’ve helped to make a success. First up? Lou Szucs who has been an employee since 1996.  Thank you Lou!