About a year ago, I gleefully wrote about the fact that genealogy was finally hitting the air waves in the U.S.
Wildly popular in other countries for some years, we got a long overdue double dose last year with the launch of the American version of Who Do You Think You Are? (a British import) and Faces of America on PBS. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work on both series, so it was somewhat surreal to watch both Lisa Kudrow (executive producer of WDYTYA, as hardcore genealogists abbreviate it for Twitter and other purposes) and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (executive producer and host of the PBS series) talking about family history on Oprah last year.
There's no question that 2010 was a banner year for roots lovers, but indications are that it's only going to get better. I base this on the latest developments:
Given that Ellis Island is genealogical crack, I can't wait to see what they cook up!
Note: If you're interested in researching your own roots, you might find my WDYTYA companion guide helpful: Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History.
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