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    TLC had a marathon of Who Do You Think You Are yesterday. Zooey Deschanel, Kelly Clarkson, Jim Parsons, Chelsea Handler, and Christina Applegate were featured.

    I've heard of Zooey before, but don't really know her work. Fascinating story of her ancestor, Sarah Pownall. Quakers, abolitionists, the Underground Railroad and John Wilkes Booth. I admit I don't know much of American history, and never knew that Quakers were staunch abolitionists. That Sarah's property was the site of a battle and it's aftermath angered John Wilkes Booth was a shocking revelation. Sarah Pownall was a political activist during a time when that was unheard of. Does anyone know if there is a movie or documentary about the Quakers and their involvement with the Underground Railroad? I wonder if Zooey or her dad are considering bringing Sarah's story to life? I am interested in learning more, off to google.

    I missed all of Jim Parsons and the last half of Chelsea Handler.

    Christina's story was kind of underwhelming until the last few minutes. I thought the timeline of her father's life was kind of hinky, how long did he live with his mother before being raised by his grandmother? He thought he was 7/8 when he heard about his mother's death when he was actually 13/14. Then I realized that he was 70 years old and probably didn't have a good recollection of his childhood. I'm 30 years younger and don't remember a lot of my childhood either. I jumped to conclusions and thought that maybe he didn't have any parenting skills and Christina was raised in chaos too, but she said that her father was a loving father and raised her well. A little bit of sanitizing there I wonder? She looked rough, I hope she isn't a drinker.

    ETA: So it seems like everyone here liked Christina's episode. I guess for me it wasn't a big deal because my lineage is full of heavy drinkers, hence a lot of chaos and untold stories. One of my cousins in Estonia told me that a relative of hers had written a book about my grandfather's family. I'm not sure if I can bear to learn that side of my family history as it's probably eerily similar to my maternal side.
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    Re: Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC)

    Quote Originally Posted by JunkieGirl View Post
    TLC had a marathon of Who Do You Think You Are yesterday. Zooey Deschanel, Kelly Clarkson, Jim Parsons, Chelsea Handler, and Christina Applegate were featured.

    I've heard of Zooey before, but don't really know her work. Fascinating story of her ancestor, Sarah Pownall. Quakers, abolitionists, the Underground Railroad and John Wilkes Booth. I admit I don't know much of American history, and never knew that Quakers were staunch abolitionists. That Sarah's property was the site of a battle and it's aftermath angered John Wilkes Booth was a shocking revelation. Sarah Pownall was a political activist during a time when that was unheard of. Does anyone know if there is a movie or documentary about the Quakers and their involvement with the Underground Railroad? I wonder if Zooey or her dad are considering bringing Sarah's story to life? I am interested in learning more, off to google.

    I missed all of Jim Parsons and the last half of Chelsea Handler.

    Christina's story was kind of underwhelming until the last few minutes. I thought the timeline of her father's life was kind of hinky, how long did he live with his mother before being raised by his grandmother? He thought he was 7/8 when he heard about his mother's death when he was actually 13/14. Then I realized that he was 70 years old and probably didn't have a good recollection of his childhood. I'm 30 years younger and don't remember a lot of my childhood either. I jumped to conclusions and thought that maybe he didn't have any parenting skills and Christina was raised in chaos too, but she said that her father was a loving father and raised her well. A little bit of sanitizing there I wonder? She looked rough, I hope she isn't a drinker.

    ETA: So it seems like everyone here liked Christina's episode. I guess for me it wasn't a big deal because my lineage is full of heavy drinkers, hence a lot of chaos and untold stories. One of my cousins in Estonia told me that a relative of hers had written a book about my grandfather's family. I'm not sure if I can bear to learn that side of my family history as it's probably eerily similar to my maternal side.
    I think he was told when he was 7/8. I got the feeling he was told that she was dead before she actually was. Wouldn't be the first time that happened.

    I liked Christina's episode, although it wasn't really genealogy. It was more like private investigations. I enjoy the episodes that go back further and are more historical and less "human interest."
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    Re: Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC)

    Quote Originally Posted by JunkieGirl View Post
    Does anyone know if there is a movie or documentary about the Quakers and their involvement with the Underground Railroad? I wonder if Zooey or her dad are considering bringing Sarah's story to life? I am interested in learning more, off to google.

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    I, too, went off to google and this article looks very complete, plus in is an edu. The only thing I knew about Quakers prior to reading this is that they are a peaceful group and Richard Nixon was a Quaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Critical View Post
    I think he was told when he was 7/8. I got the feeling he was told that she was dead before she actually was. Wouldn't be the first time that happened.

    I liked Christina's episode, although it wasn't really genealogy. It was more like private investigations. I enjoy the episodes that go back further and are more historical and less "human interest."
    Oh, okay that makes sense. Didn't he also say that he was told she died from a beating in front of a bar? That seems unusually cruel. Much worse than telling a child that she died of TB and cirrhosis.

    I'm really not losing my mind! Thanks for the clarification.
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    I keep missing this show. Was Kelly Clarkson's family of any interest?

    Reg. Kelsey Grammar....google for his family history - his immediate family. He's had a very tough life including an incarcerated father and a murdered sister. I've read iterviews of past co-stars and they seem to really like him, and his is considered to be very, very smart. However, many have said he has a tortured soul. I would actually like to learn more about him.
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    I've seen Kelly Clarkson's and thought it was pretty interesting, though I can't recall the details. It's been awhile since I watched.

    I do look forward to seeing Kelsey Grammer's episode. That is new I believe.

    I saw the one of Cynthia Nixon last night. It was REALLY good! Her history turned out to be a very interesting story that played a significant role in American history. This was one of my favorites.

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    I caught Kelly's the other day, She had a relative that had fought in a war (civil war maybe?) that was caught and held prisoner that went on to become a state senator in Ohio. I missed Cynthia's but Matthew Broderick's was on after that and I hadn't seen that one yet. Pretty cool that him wanting to learn about his history helped put a name to an unknown soldier!
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    Matthew Broderick ( after C Nixon's episode) and SJParker( on before) were both from 2010 season---which I had not seen since I came to the WDYTYA party late.

    Loved SJP famiy story---really interesting and hope to catch MB's another time since his also looked very interesting.
    Cynthia's story was just amazing. She handled it beautifully. I loved how gracious she ( and SJP) were in their interactions with the specialists.
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    I thought last night's episode was great. I wish I could get historians to find things about my family.
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    Re: Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC)

    They also repeated Chelsea Handler's episode last night. I know some weren't interested because they don't like her, but I thought the episode was very good. I thought she was very gracious and asked good questions and showed a lot of emotion. I found the part where she met the veteran on the beach very moving and she was very sweet with him.

    It looks like there's a murder in Jesse Tyler Ferguson's episode next week. I REALLY don't want this show to turn into "find the sensationalistic story on your family tree," although that probably is more in line with TLC's programming.

    I'll still keep watching, but I'd rather see more genealogy and less dramatics.

    I guess I if I want that, I can wait for the UK version's new season, which starts (I think) in September.
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