19    Apr 20122 comments

Dick Clark: An American icon passes

Dick Clark 1961

Dick Clark in 1961 (Source: Wikipedia)

Dick (Richard Wagstaff) Clark, American radio and television personality died yesterday.

Born November 30, 1929, in Bronxville, New York, he died of a massive heart attack in Santa Monica, California, on April 18, 2012.

Best known as the host of the long-running teen music show - American Bandstand - watched religiously every afternoon by millions of US teens when they came home from school. The show is credited by many as the forerunner of reality TV shows like "American Idol." Later, he also created "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" and even a game show - "Pyramid."

The release of the 1940 US Census (available on MyHeritage) earlier this month provides an inside view into the lives of those who lived at the time. Clark was 10 years old when the enumerator came to call.

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10    Apr 20123 comments

Television: A shared family experience

The Huffington Post recently published an article about the 25th anniversary of the TV show "The Bold and the Beautiful." This is an iconic soap opera that has been running for, well, 25 years! If you haven't seen it, it’s set in Los Angeles and focuses on the Forrester family and their family fashion business.

Shared experiences help create the close bond that families enjoy. In some families, television plays its part as a shared pastime, with the whole family getting together to watch their favorite show.

In my family, we used to watch episodes of Dr. Who together (and by together I mean some of us were on the sofa and others were hiding behind it)!

What TV show does your family watch together? Was there a show that you all used to watch? Which one was it? Let us know below.

11    Feb 20121 comment

WDYTYA: Marisa Tomei’s odyssey

Following the large audience for the third-season premiere of the US-version of Who Do You Think You Are? - starring Martin Sheen - the second episode focused on Marisa Tomei.

Tomei's story concerned her murdered great-grandfather, and the false belief held by her family about the event's circumstances.

Her odyssey takes her from Brooklyn to Tuscany, Elba, Castiglioncello and Lucca to find the truth about the event, and her mother's BIANCHI and CANOVARO families. Her father, Gary, had already done extensive research on the TOMEI family tree.

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3    Feb 20126 comments

WDYTYA: An interview with Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Kudrow in the episode on her own family (Season 1, Episode 3)

Lisa Kudrow, executive producer of the US version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” was the guest for a group phone interview on Friday, January 27.

I was honored to participate in the call which focused on the show’s new season, which begins at 8pm, Friday, February 3, on NBC.

This year"s celebs are Martin Sheen, Marisa Tomei, Blair Underwood, Reba McEntire, Rob Lowe, Helen Hunt, Rita Wilson, Edie Falco, Rashida Jones, Jerome Bettis, Jason Sudeikis and Paula Deen.

Unfortunately, due to a technical glitch, my own questions could not be answered. However, the others asked some great questions, and Lisa responded in kind (see below).

Other geneabloggers on the call were Thomas MacEntee, Lisa Louise Cooke, Angela Walton-Raji, Kathryn Lake Hogan and Diane Haddad, along with newspaper and entertainment industry magazine writers.

Here are some questions and Lisa’s responses.

Q: What advice do you have for people who become frustrated or stuck in their research?

Lisa: There doesn’t have to ever be an end. That's what makes it such a great hobby. I think there's always research you can do on different branches, different cousins and you go back. And then it's not just names and dates. Then you start looking at where they were living, what was happening there at that time, you start looking at historical documents. And you can maybe draw some conclusions or guesses about what was motivating some of their choices in life.

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29    Nov 20110 comments

TV Families: Power to create, evoke memories

Television programming has always been replete with shows about family.

Whether it was "Leave It To Beaver," "The Cosby Show," "The Brady Bunch" or one of many other sitcoms, past or present, that revolve around family life,  the wonderful thing about those shows is how they represented the society and culture of the time.

When I was growing up, a favourite TV family were the Keatons of Family Ties.

I'm not sure why I liked them more than the others - perhaps they fit in better with my middle class understanding of the world in which I grew up - but watching that show was a weekly pleasure for many years.

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21    Nov 20111 comment

Genealogy News – North America – 20 November 2011

Today’s edition includes map resources (including Google Earth), genealogy classes covering diverse topics, information on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a Maryland newspaper digitization project, easing adoptees’ efforts to obtain their original birth certificates, and the start date for the new US season of "Who Do You Think You Are?".

ON THE MAP

The New England Historical and Genealogical Society provided more major map collection resources:

GOOGLE EARTH CAN HELP YOU

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10    Oct 20110 comments

Genealogy News: North America – 10 October 2011

This week's edition focuses on new records at FamilySearch.org, a California conference deadline, the National Black Genealogy Summit, Who Do You Think You Are? new US season lineup, Canadian news and more.

Let us know which resources you like, which you have used, your experiences. We value your opinions and comments.

New Records

FamilySearch.org sends out a weekly update  of new records added to its database. This week's collection includes an addition of seven million record images, covering Austria (1537-1888), Belgium (1795-1920), Canada (1800-1900), Czech Republic (land records, 1450-1850), Spain (1241-1950), various US states, as well as five million for the Philippines (1945-1980).

Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree Deadline

If you would like to speak at one of the best regional genealogy conferences in the US, the deadline for proposals is fast approaching - October 13.

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7    Aug 20111 comment

Links We Like: Humor, a survey and a TV show

It's time for another edition of Links We Like.

This week, we have humor and history, a Canadian genealogy survey (but open to all) and a new UK family history show which will bring together Brits and Anglo-Indian relatives.

Humor and history

For a light-hearted look at history as it may have been written, check out this new, slightly irreverant genealogy blog - Today in Heritage History.

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