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"Who Do You Think You Are?" Season 2 Premiere and Companion Book

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The second season of "Who Do You Think You Are?" from executive producer Lisa Kudrow ("Friends," "The Comeback") in conjunction with her production company Is or Isn't Entertainment and the U.K.'s Wall to Wall productions airs Friday, February 4th, 2011 at 8p.m. / 7p.m Central on NBC.

For those of us who are genealogy buffs it is pretty rewarding to see how many people are truly fascinated by the subject of digging up your family history. I don't know how long I have heard people saying things like, "What is so exciting about digging through a whole bunch of old, moldy, paperwork?" or "What's done is done. What does it really matter?" I guess it matters to a good many people or there wouldn't be a second season of the show.

This year's celebrity sleuths include Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Rosie O’Donnell, Steve Buscemi, Kim Cattrall, Lionel Richie, Vanessa Williams and Ashley Judd.

While the show is pretty cool to watch, there is also a companion book for the show authored by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (no the double last name is not a typo). Megan is an internationally renowned genealogist, speaker and author, and has consulted for and appeared on Good Morning America, the Today Show, The Early Show, CNN, PBS, NPR, BBC and numerous other shows. She uncovered Michelle Obama's roots, unearthed the true story of the first Ellis Island immigrant and figured out who would be king of America today if George Washington had been a king instead of president (Not that would be a pretty fun project!)

I had the opportunity to work with Megan on a research project involving Jackie Joyner Kersee's family as well as helping to locate next of kin of MIA/KIA veterans for DNA identification. She was a joy to work with even if it was a long distance relationship. Our paths will eventually cross at a genealogical conference or a future project. I can tell you that she is an excellent writer and teacher when it comes to genealogical research and she has a way of explaining research that is not at all intimidating for the beginning genealogist.

The book is entitled, Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History and is available at all major books stores online and at bricks and mortar stores. It is also available on her website, where you can order an autographed copy.

Happy Hunting!




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