Television and "Faces of America"
I personally do not watch much TV. When there is a program being aired I wish to watch, my husband knows it is very important to me, for whatever reason. He changed the channel last night and had the TV ready for me at the correct time. My husband watched the program with me, a "non genealogy" person!
Although the program didn't share any of the research tools and tips with regards as to how documents and information was located, it did share family history for several celebrities.
After the show my husband shared that he thought it was very interesting. I also got the impression that he thought I was trying to "trick" him into loving genealogy! He did share with me that he wished the show would have focused on just one or two people and felt it was "incomplete." Interesting view from someone not involved in genealogy. Maybe the next three shows will make it feel more complete for him.
Thomas MacEntee hosted a chat after the show with some of the bloggers from the GeneaBloggers group. Most of the bloggers would have liked the show to share how the research was accomplished, and possibly focus on just one or two individuals. Genealogists are very amped with the programming that is becoming available to the public. Along with three upcoming parts to this series, another new show will be airing in the very future, "WDYTYA." The American version of the British show, "Who Do You Think You Are?" will be aired March 5 on NBC. Seven celebrities will travel down the road on this program to find their genealogy roots. Ancestry.com supports this show. Hopefully Ancestry will share how to get started with genealogy research, I believe newbies need this assistance. Bottom line, awareness to family history and genealogy is being promoted by these television shows. My husband told me this morning, "Way to go. I got up and watched Faces of America again and ANOTHER family history program." Can my husband get hooked? Did you see Faces of America? What did you think of the program? Is family history and genealogy new to you? I would love to hear your comments! I personally enjoyed the program very much, and learned a bit too! Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!