Friday, May 4, 2012

Feature Friday- The Ultimate Autobiography

I love biographies, autobiographies and memoirs. Some Fridays, I use this spot to feature one. This Friday I was thinking about the ultimate autobiography...I mean if you were going to do a story about your life...not just your present life...but where you came from. If you studied your family history and your roots trying to figure out how you became who you are. Isn't that the ultimate autobiography? 

There are a couple shows on t.v. which I would love to feature today...because they are involved in delving into people's family history. One show, which is on NBC, is called "Who Do You Think You Are?" This has become a show I have to tape, because I find it so fascinating to see how the people discover their family background. More often than not, they are surprised by some hidden detail or fact.


Another show, put on my PBS, is equally interesting. It is called "Finding Your Roots".  It is also an exploration of various people's family backgrounds. Often when the paper trail stops, they will resort to DNA testing. It is intriguing to find out the discoveries which are made with the latest DNA tests.


The first show, "Who Do You Think You Are?" is sponsored by Ancestry.com and the second show, "Finding Your Roots" is sponsored by 23andme. Of course it is fascinating to watch how other people find out about their family trees, but I think it is even better to find out about your own tree. In my own research of my family roots, I've discovered interesting things about my background...some which I had already heard, others which were surprises. 


In my husband's case, we used DNA to discover a major secret in his family tree. The journey in finding out this secret can be seen at an old post I did.  The conclusion of finding the secret can be found in this post.


Whether it is looking through paper trails, or finding old pictures, or using DNA...the search into our family is tree is fascinating. It will take us to branches we may not have known were there. It may reveal worms in our tree. It may produce fruit. But whatever the case may be, it will be the most fulfilling adventure we have ever embarked on.  I would highly recommend watching either show....or better still...make your own 'show'...create your own family tree!


6 comments:

  1. There really is a show for everything! I had no idea that these shows existed...good to know. I will check them out!

    Ancestry is fascinating...

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    1. I think you would really enjoy the show- but better than the show- searching for you ancestry and finding out your roots is even a greater treat. I started by 'interviewing' all my relatives- older the better- I found distant relatives and talked with them- asking them to just tell me anything they remembered...it was amazing how far I was able to go up the tree with just these contributions- then when those came to a brick wall- I started researching the paper trails- birth certificates etc.

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  2. I had read those previous posts, and it can be really amazing, but at the same time diffcult to find out about your origin. Agree with Ameena, I was not aware about the existence of these shows. Will have a watch now.

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    1. Yes Jenny it is difficult but possible- it takes such time- but the results are amazingly fulfilling. And when you find out things about those in your family who have gone before you- it does make you appreciate where you came from- the amazing people you have come out of!!

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  3. REally fascinating stuff. Makes one think about our own perceptions of ourselves and our place in the world. My daughter is always wishing she could be more exotic. There's plenty exotic about her! I want her to love the person she is NOW.

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    1. Yes so important for us to love who we are!

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