WDYTYA – Tomorrow

This week on Who Do You Think You Are? the star being profiled is Rachel McAdams. Rachel is best known for her roles in the movies Mean Girls and The Notebook. Rachel was born in Canada but now works mostly in Hollywood. This episode of WDYTYA is different because Rachel travels on her genealogical adventure …

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WDYTYA – Tomorrow

On the next episode of “Who Do You Think You Are” (WDYTYA) Jesse Tyler Ferguson will look for information on his ancestors. Jesse is known for portraying Mitchell Pritchett on the ABC sitcom “Modern Family,” That role has garnered him 5 Emmy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor. Jesse ends up following the path of …

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Dionne Quints

Eighty years ago today (May 28, 1934) the Dionne quintuplets were born near the village of Corbeil, Ontario, Canada. Their mother was expecting twins but the five girls were born 2 months premature. The doctor didn’t expect any of the girls to live as there wasn’t an incubator available. Instead, the doctor wrapped the little …

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Old News – Death of Westinghouse

More news from the past. THE FAIRPORT HERALD Wednesday, March 18, 1914 WESTINGHOUSE RIVAL TO EDISON Invented His Famous Air Brake When a Youth. FIFTY YEARS IN PUBLIC EYE Engineer, Dead at Sixty-seven, Was One of the Most Remarkable of Nation’s Great Men—Introduced and Developed Alternating Current System For Electric Light and Power. The late …

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Washington and the Calendar

Today is the anniversary of the birthday of out first President, George Washington. But he wasn’t born on February 22nd. The original birth date of Washington would have been February 11, 1751/2. There are two genealogy problems at work to cause the confusion. First, there was a change in the calendar used. Originally most European …

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Old News – Edison

More news from the past. THE FAIRPORT HERALD, Wed., February 19, 1914 EDISON AT 67, JUST LIKE A BOY Ten Ounces of Food Fill Him For Fifteen Hour Work Day. DON’T OVEREAT, HIS ADVICE Thomas A. Edison, beginning his sixty-eighth year brimful of health and vigor, says that people eat too much and that’s why …

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Blanche Stuart Scott

There are those times when one simple thing leads to much more. That’s how it was when 2+ months ago I saw that the Rochester Public Library had the new digital book “5000 Miles Oakland; Wonderful Performance of a Wonderful Car; The Story of Miss Scott’s Journey Overland.” It is the story of Blanche Stuart …

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Favorite WDYTYA Episode?

This season of Who Do You Think You Are? is over. We had various kinds of stories this season. Cindy Crawford was able to trace her genealogy back over a century to Charlemagne. Jim Parsons traced his family back to France in the 1700s. Chelsea Handler found a connection in Germany in WWII that she …

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WDYTYA: Trisha Yearwood

Country Music star Trisha Yearwood is going to be investigating her ancestors on tonight’s Who Do You Think You Are? (WDYTYA). Since coming to fame in 1991, Trisha has won 3 Grammy Awards, 3 CMA Awards and , two Academy of Country Music Awards. Aside from her success in music, Trasha has also ventured into …

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WDYTYA; Cindy Crawford

Tonight on Who Do You Think You Are? (WDYTYA) Cindy Crawford searches for her ancestors. Her ancestors came from New England so she goes to the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. There she finds that she is distantly related to a famous Heminway. She is able to trace her ancestry  back to Thomas …

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