“Who Do You Think You Are?” will premiere on TLC cable network at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Each week a celebrity will go on a journey to trace his or her family tree.
Lisa Kudrow is an executive producer of the series, which is a partnership between Shed Media, NBC Entertainment and Ancestry .com.
The season will begin with Cynthia Ellen Nixon. Nixon, born April 9, 1966, is an American actress. She began her acting career in 1979, in the afterschool special “The Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid.”
Her Broadway debut was in 1980 in the revival of “The Philadelphia Story.” Other Broadway credits include: “The Real Thing” (1983), “Hurlyburly” (1983), “Indiscretions” (1995), and “The Women” (2001). Her Tony Award winning role was in “Rabbit Hole” (2006) and “Wit” (2012).
The show will also feature Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rachel McAdams, Lauren Graham, Valerie Bertinelli and Kelsey Grammer.
A how-to companion book to the series, “Who Do You Think You Are?” by Megan Smolenyak is available to help viewers research their own roots. For more information about Smolenyak's book, go to www.megansmolenyak.com/books.html.
This American genealogy documentary series originated March 5, 2010 on NBC.
“Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact from Fiction in Family Legends” by Richard Hite is a book that explains how to avoid common genealogical research traps such as:
Recognizing when identical surnames conceal different nationalities.
Understanding when and why death certificates can be wrong.
Knowing when ancestors' middle names are not family names.
Respecting the role of geography in establishing ancestral ties.
Remembering that 19th-century genealogies are considered “mug books” and usually contain unsourced information.
The book also provides information on how the methodology he used and the questions he asked helped solve facts from fiction when he researched his family history. For more information, go online to www.genealogical.com.
The 126-page book is available for $18.95 plus shipping from Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.
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