December 22, 2014

The Many Variables Of Kelly Clarkson’s WDYTYA Research

 

I really enjoyed watching the episode of Who Do You Think You Are on the Learning Channel that followed the family of Isaiah Rose, the 3rd GGrandfather of Kelly Clarkson. With just an hour to show the process, it wasn’t possible to address all of the different avenues Kelly and her researchers might have been able to follow. Or, maybe they did follow them, but only added the ones that seemed the most interesting to her and the public.

For instance, the fact that Isaiah Rose was in two different Civil War regiments because he reenlisted and was put in a new unit after his first enrollment expired. I would assume the researchers looked further, but it could also have been possible that his unit began as one number and then as troops were lost due to death, disease, or desertion, sometimes they were consolidated into another one.

My own ancestor John Breedlove began his military service in the 31st Regiment of the Missouri Infantry in 1862; two years later the regiment consolidated with the 32nd Regiment. Source: Family Search 31st Regiment history. 

It was so fun to see Kelly’s face as she first saw the photo copy of her ancestor Isaiah Rose! I know that feeling because I felt the same way when I was generously given a photo copy of my own 3rd great grandfather Eleazer (Ale) Smith by a cousin in Tennessee.

Eleazer Smith, Great Great Great Grandfather to Carol Yates Wilkerson

I never expected to see a photo of him because he was born in 1803, and I didn’t (and still don’t) have a picture of Eleazer’s son John Smith. I do have a picture of Eleazer’s grandson, and my G-Grf Harvey Lawson Smith though.

At the end of the episode of WDYTYA I was cheering on Kelly and very happy to see she was so enthused about pursuing her family tree further. I mean, there is her whole 3rd G-Grandmother Melissa Crawford’s side of the family for she and her mother to research too. Will Kelly end up being related to Cindy Crawford??

 

 

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