Family Tree Maker 2011

Vanessa Williams Who Do You Think You Are?

If you missed the first season of  “WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?” don’t miss this season. Set aside an evening to experience the joy of genealogy, the joy of finding out who you are. Genealogy is a passion for millions of people all around the world. And you might just answer that question of “WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?”

courtesy of NBC

The first episode of season 2 features Vanessa Williams , who stared in the series Roots back in the 1970s. And now with the help of NBC and Ancestry.com, she gets to explore her own Roots. The discovery of her ancestry takes her back to the Civil War, where one of her Great Grand Parents volunteered to fight as a free man from the north.

And the discovery of her of Southern roots, Williams said : “that was a mystery. The only clue was at Memphis, Tennessee, from my grandfather, and the fact that there were 14 black legislators after the Emancipation in the 1800s. I had no idea. That was the fascinating part. I thought, obviously, in my lifetime with the civil rights movement in the ’60s that’s when all the change came, but I was fascinated that it came 100 years before then”.

“For both my great-grandfathers, to see their names in monuments was phenomenal. William A. Fields was one of those stories that I had no idea about. And to turn that corner, see the bust, and then to see his name just filled me with so much pride. And on my David Carl side, ,to go to the African-American Civil War Memorial in D.C. and to see his name there too, it was two-fold. And I never thought that I would have such a tremendous double story to be proud of.”

Other celebrities featured in Season 2 are Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Rosie O’Donnell, Steve Buscemi, Kim Cattrall, Lionel Richie and Ashley Judd.

The first show of season 2 was great, it is always great fun to trace back through the years to find out, who you are. I will be watching next week, will you?

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