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Ours was a Merry Christmas …


we hope yours was as well.

Looking for­ward to 2011, I am plan­ning a sev­eral talks: two in Raleigh, NC, at the North Carolina Genealogical Society Speakers Forum on February 19th, and three in Charleston, SC, at the National Genealogical Society Conference between 11–14 May.

These along with trips to Salt Lake City in February (for a Board Meeting of the NGS) and to the FGS Conference in Springfield, IL in September, promise to make it a busy geneal­ogy year.

2011 will also bring with it another sea­son of Executive Producer Lisa Kudrow’s “Who Do you Think You Are?”, which starts again on February 4th at 8 (7 Central). According to the Associated Press, the new sea­son will include Tim McGraw, Kim Cattrall, Lionel Richie, Ashley Judd, Steve Buscemi, Vanessa Williams, and Rosie O’Donnell.

The show has been a mixed bless­ing for geneal­o­gists. While it has clearly pop­u­lar­ized fam­ily his­tory research, and shown the trans­for­ma­tive nature of genealog­i­cal rev­e­la­tion. The painstak­ing and time-consuming research required to unearth many of these rev­e­la­tions is done off cam­era, and most view­ers are sim­ply unaware how much research is involved. A sim­ple title card stat­ing that “x num­ber of hours of genealog­i­cal research went into pro­duc­ing this episode,” would pro­vide the audi­ence with nec­es­sary con­text. Many researchers have received phone calls in the days and weeks after an episode of WDYTYA? ask­ing for “my fam­ily tree” to be cre­ated either gratis, pronto, or both.

Still, it is a com­pelling show, and my fam­ily and I are look­ing for­ward to the new episodes.

 
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