Oh, to be able to walk into a 1000 yr-old church and look at family church records that go back to the 1600s. *Big sigh*
And? To do it in Italy.
And? Love how Marisa thinks about and wants to know the story. 'Cause that's what it's all about.
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Okay. I dunno about you, but I'm getting hungrier by the day. Yes, hungrier for Italian food which I plan to prepare on Friday night in preparation of Marisa Tomei's episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on NBC.
But? I'm also hungrier for more of Marisa Tomei's family story. I thought the highlight clip yesterday was fantastic. [Especially loved her on the sail boat. Cuz I totally plan to sail off on a sail boat to search for my ancestral lands. Don't you? I mean, if you're gonna dream, dream BIG.]
Anywho, just when I thought I was completely excited to learn more about Marisa's family story, then came along this clip of more of her family story.
See why I'm hungrier to know more about her family story? Absolutely can't wait for Marisa's episode to air Friday on NBC, 10 Feb 2012 at 7pm CST.
And? I'm a wee jealous of her Italian roots. I've uncovered absolutely none so far in my own family. Why, of why, do I have such a love for Italian food? Marisa is the closest I will have been to Italian research. So you bet I'll be watching Friday night.
And eating. ;)
Okay. Who absolutely loved the season premiere of Who Do You Think You Are last Friday night? Yeah. I know. I'm a wee biased, but I think this was the best one yet. It certainly was the first time I watched one with other genealogists. In the same room. What a difference that made. I was privileged to watch it with some awesome genealogy friends at the historic Peery Hotel in Salt Lake City. The bartender freely gave up the remote to the T.V. and we pretty much had the run of the place. WOW!
But not only was the company outstanding, but so was the show. Martin Sheen's story was fascinating, and it was interesting how they touched upon two different parts of his tree ~ the Irish and the Spanish. It was even more fascinating to see how Martin Sheen's life paralleled his ancestors' lives when it comes to activism.
I also think it was interesting to see that his ancestors' stories weren't so pretty and perfect and that their journey had, indeed, been very hard.
It doesn't matter who you are. Celebrity or everyday folk. Alive or dead. We're all alike when it comes to having a family story. A real family story chock full of the good times and the bad. Trials and jubilation. Tears and smiles.
The common thread through all of our ancestors' stories is their perseverance, which leads us each into our own family stories.
Following are a highlight clip and 2 deleted scenes from Martin Sheen's episode. Enjoy.
It's always awesome to see someone wowed by their family's history.
I agree with Reba, "This is really cool."
And I agree with Martin Sheen that if our family history was written in a novel, it would be hard to believe.
But isn't it incredible that we can discover that it is true?
Season 3 of NBC's Who Do You Think You Are begins Friday, February 3rd. 8pm ET / 7pm CT. The last I heard the first episode will be featuring Martin Sheen. So, come see where your favorite celebs came from, and maybe get inspired to find out where you came from. Or not. It's up to you. ;)
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Genealogy is Back in Primetime
I mentioned inmy previous post that watching the 3rd Season Premier ofNBC's Who Do You Think You Are? makes a good reason for you to go to Rootstech. However, even if you can't make it, you can watch the season premier on Friday, Feb 3rd at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT.
3rd Season's Lineup
Take a look at the complete press release from NBC on the Who Do You Think You Are? 3rd Season Premier.
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A deleted scene, Walking Across History, from Lionel Richie's episode from Season 2. Watch more deleted scenes from past episodes on NBC's Who Do You Think You Are?'s website.