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Finding Family Roots

Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 23:04

Did you ever wonder where your hair color came from, or maybe where you get a certain physical trait? NBC's new series "Who Do You Think You Are?" works with genealogy professionals and, in hopes of discovering different people's ancestral roots.

This season on "Who Do You Think You Are?" follows Golden Globe winner Sarah Jessica Parker, Oscar winner Susan Sarandon, Emmy Award winning director Spike Lee, Golden Globe nominee Matthew Broderick, Emmy Award winning actress Lisa Kudrow, three time super bowl champion Emmitt Smith, and Golden Globe nominee Brooke Shields, as they go in search of their ancestors and solve many mysteries along the way.

The series premiered on March 5 and earned second place in the highest ratings of the evening with 6.85 million viewers.

Along with the new series, millions of people have begun their own family searches on

Over 14 million family trees, containing nearly 1.5 billion profiles, have been created and researched, along with numerous records being uncovered due to the new fascination of genealogy. offers many ways for people to begin their own journey into their family's history. They offer a 14-day trial, where the subscriber is free to access every part of the site.

Federal U.S. census, a trip across the ocean to the European files, and even birth, marriage, and death certificates, are just a few among the many resources that are offered through the website.

If you are interested in your genealogy, but just don't have the time to sit and research through hundreds of records, you can hire an expert online to do the research for you. Ancestry will even hire people who live near a certain church or cemetery to take pictures, or send you documents in order to eliminate travel expenses.

They also offer an Ancestry store, where once you have finished your research you can have your findings placed in an official book. Findings like these make ideal gifts for family members who may be interested in the different aspects of your family history.

With more than one billion family trees on the website, and nearly seven million people tuning in every Friday night to watch NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" it's not a wonder that the study of genealogy has sky rocketed. With providing all the tools at your fingertips, it's hard not to take advantage and see just what your past has to offer. 

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