I'm a little late this week as I'm off to Salt Lake City for a week of research...Yeah!
It's that time of year again...February 3rd is the first episode of Season 3 of Who Do You Think You Are? The celebrities featured this season are Martin Sheen, Marisa Tomei, Blair Underwood, Helen Hunt, Reba McEntire, Jerome Bettis, Rita Wilson, Edie Falco, Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones, Jason Sudeikis and Paula Deen.
This isn't the only genealogy TV series...debuting in March 25th on PBS is Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. According to the press release, " Professor Gates shakes loose captivating stories and surprises in the family trees of Kevin Bacon, Robert Downey, Jr., Branford Marsalis, John Legend, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Rick Warren, among many others." You might remember back in 2010 Gates series Faces of America delved into the families of celebrities such as Yo Yo Ma and Meryl Streep.
In a one hour show it seems like family history is an easy pursuit, going back multiple generations in a short time. We know that's not the case and that many professional genealogists are involved in research for these shows, with only snippets making it into the show. It may, however, introduce you to new sources and methodologies for doing your own research.
Check it out and join in the conversations that are likely to continue on various websites.
Changing the subject, GenealogyBank has just added another group of newspapers, including the Irish American published in New York from 1849 - 1914. This newspaper published notices of births, deaths and marriages in Ireland, as well as other events of interest to Irish Americans. Typing in "Moughty" I came up with a number of articles, including the death notice for my husband's great great grandfather. Although Bernard Moughty's notice is rather short, you can see from the notices following his, some contain more information. GenealogyBank is a subscription database.