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The US show “Who Do You Think You Are?” doesn’t debut on TLC until
July 23, but you already can watch the first episode, featuring
singer Kelly Clarkson, on iTunes. Thomas
MacEntee of GeneaBloggers tells you how (you’ll need to sign up for an Apple ID
if you’re not already on iTunes).
This morning I watched along as Clarkson traced her Civil War ancestor Isaiah Rose
from Ohio to Georgia, where he was imprisoned at Andersonville, and back.
Kelly Clarkson is a hugger. It seems weird to me to hug the archivists and historians
at the library, but then I’m not a big hugger in general. If you’re learning remarkable
and humbling new stories about your ancestors, maybe hugging would be part of your
genealogy happy dance.
I don’t want to give too much away before the episode airs. So all I’ll say is that
viewers get to visit the Andersonville
National Historic Site, see historical illustrations and photos (including a shocking
image of a man who was held there), and hear a contemporary account from a prisoner.
To me, that’s the best part of the show—you learn about the history that might have
affected your own ancestors and that shaped our country.