Who Do You Think You Are?
At 8pm on Friday, March 5, 2010, NBC will debut their new genealogy-based show Who Do You Think You Are? Each episode of the series, which began as a production of the BBC in the United Kingdom in 2004, traces a different celebrity's personal family history. Participants this season include actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields, and Lisa Kudrow, as well as director Spike Lee and professional athlete Emmitt Smith.
"The role that the National Archives played in researching the personal histories that are featured on this series underscores the importance of our records. Our census and immigration records and military pension files, among millions of other documents here at the Archives unlock secrets and mysteries relating to family history. I hope that Americans will be inspired to log onto their computers or visit one of our nationwide facilities to discover our resources relating to their own families, as I have"
-Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero.
The National Archives worked closely with the show's staff and provided them with some of our most widely used genealogical records, including immigration records, military pension and service records, census schedules, and Freedmen's Bureau records. To learn more about these and other frequently requested historical documents, explore our online resources:
- Check out our step-by-step guide
Genealogy Tool Kit: Getting Started- Research Basics
- View our updated Genealogy Tutorial , a Powerpoint presentation.
- View our presentation on African Americans in the Federal Census, 1790-1930
- Search our Online Catalog
If you have questions e-mail us at WhoDo@nara.gov