The new British series starts tonight - kicking off with Una Stubbs
I have managed to get a fairly comprehensive tree together for her.
The US episodes are shown here via satellite - often on repeats too on outer channels - I enjoy watching them when I can. Looks as if a campaign is needed! When my brother visited from South Africa last month I especially asked him to bring me the SA series which I have now watched. Are the DVD's not playable on the computer?
Just a thought - have your tried BBC iPlayer? http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b037lfg6/Who_Do_You_Think_You_...
Usually available to download and play for a limited time
Eldon Clark (Geni volunteer curator) I'm sure it's possible, but on top of the $200 to buy series 1 - 7, I'm not sure i want to make that investment! ;)
I have done a fir bit on Hon. Nigel Havers - interesting background. Still scratching!
I did some work on Minnie Driver today but it is very sluggish with some lines just stuck! Interesting reading through!
Hon. Nigel Havers is featured in tonight's episode - I have managed a fairly extensive tree for him with all lines to 4 generations and a few further back. It will be interesting to see how accurate my findings have been using only internet resources! Hope I haven't strayed too far!
I have been exploring the family of John Simpson ahead of his WDYTYA program to see what could come up of interest! Very colourful past - in particular that of his Great Grandmother Lizzy Caroline Mearer King - otherwise known as Lela Cody. She was the common law wife of a very colourful American - Samuel Franklin Cody - who was born Samuel Franklin Cowderyin Davenport, Iowa, USA. (6 March 1867 – 7 August 1913). Seems very little is known about his early life - could this be a challenge to someone? Ashley Odell?
I have really enjoyed being a detective for the day - even got a copy of his book "Days from a Different World: A Memoir of Childhood" to try and tie in what I had found. If you look at his tree there are so many name changes - a challenge! Still working on it!
(Sorry - got the links wrong first time!)
The Minnie Driver episode last night was very interesting and confirmed what I had managed to add to her tree. The did concentrate very much on her father Ronnie and his parents - went a little sideways and down to get some living relatives but didn't touch her mother's side of the family.
I will see what I can find on Lesley Sharp who I think is next up.
Lesley Sharp is up but nothing on her biological mother's side. She was adopted at 6 weeks and I have not added here adoptive parents. Still working on it - believe there will be something of interest around one of her great great grandparents!
The episode for Lesley Sharp (she was in the Full Monty) last night was interesting in that it did feature the Dr. Barnardo's Children connection. By looking at the School book records in the Essex village of Great Easton, where her Great Great Grandfather Charles Patient lived, for information about one of the young children in the 1911 household they found that Great Easton was one of the villages where quite a number of Barnard's children were fostered. They followed up on George Maybury who was with Charles and his wife Jane in 1911 aged 11. He was born in Sheffield which is some distance from Great Easton. He had been sent to Canada and WDYTYA? had traced one of his descendants in Canada.
Otherwise it was an interesting delve into adoption and generally quite heart warming.