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Who Do You Think You Are

Martin Sheen Learns About His Roots On 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Posted 02.03.2012 | TV

Martin Sheen, who has been both honored and arrested protesting on behalf of humanitarian causes, found out where his passionate sense of social justi...

Four Months of Celebrity Roots on Air in 2012

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.10.2012 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

For genealogy buffs and those who just can't get enough of celebrities, there's plenty of cause to celebrate in 2012 as there will be four solid months of famous roots on air.

'Who Do You Think You Are?' Season 3 Cast Announced

The Hollywood Reporter | Posted 01.06.2012 | TV

When NBC's genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? returns with its third season Feb. 3, a new crop of celebrities will explore their family histor...

Marisa Tomei Goes Deep

ew.com | Posted 12.05.2011 | Entertainment

Actress Marisa Tomei will join Martin Sheen and Blair Underwood as participants in NBC's reality show Who Do You Think You Are, EW has learned exclu...

6 Degrees of Separation: Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon Are Cousins

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.17.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Kyra Sedgwick describes the discovery that she and her husband Kevin Bacon are 10th cousins once-removed as "a little upsetting," but it shouldn't be. Here's why.

Sarah Jessica Parker: Who Do You Think You Are?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Sarah Jessica Parker is the most intriguing of paradoxes. Best known as sophisticated fashionista Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City, she somehow manages to also embody the girl next door.

Susan Sarandon: Who Do You Think You Are?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Susan, who comes from a large family, has always been interested in researching her genealogy. She was curious about her mysterious grandmother, Anita, who disappeared when Susan's mother, Leonora, was only two.

Brooke Shields, Who Do You Think You Are?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Brooke's early years may have appeared glamorous to the outside world, but few knew of her life behind the scenes.

Genealogy on TV

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

There's no question that 2010 was a banner year for roots lovers, but indications are that it's only going to get better.

Spike Lee: Who Do You Think You Are?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Spike Lee has long been a passionate chronicler of African-American history. That documentation of the collective black experience has fed into his curiosity to explore his own family history.

Matthew Broderick, Who Do You Think You Are?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Matthew Broderick found success at an early age with his memorable performance in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. His efforts to trace his family history unearthed a legacy of quiet heroes.

Emmitt Smith: Who Do You Think You Are?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Emmitt James Smith grew up wanting to be a Dallas Cowboy, but he far exceeded that aspiration. And now, after retiring, Emmitt has welcomed the opportunity to explore his roots.

Lisa Kudrow: Who Do You Think You Are?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

As the author of the show's companion, how-to book, I am delighted to have the opportunity to share celebrity profiles. Since we have Ms. Kudrow to thank, it seems appropriate to start with her.

I've Got a Crush on Steven Tyler's Grandfather

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

I'm not sure whether he keeps coming back or was never gone, but what's certain is that Steven Tyler of Aerosmith will be coming into America's living...

Did I Marry My Cousin?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Megan Smolenyak

I was delighted this week when NBC announced the celebrities for the next season of Who Do You Think You Are?, the popular celebrity roots show (in ca...

Roots Travel In Ireland

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.19.2011 | Travel
Megan Smolenyak

On a recent trip to Ireland, I did something I've never done before: rented a private castle. I'm not kidding. 2010-08-25-castle.jpg

You Asked for It, Ricky Gervais!

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

It's hard to get genealogists riled up, but Ricky Gervais has succeeded. Not that he intended to. Asked in a recent interview whether he would ever ...

Catching Your Children's Precious Moments

Meredith Lopez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Meredith Lopez

At the moment, personal memoirs, family histories and genealogy are all the rage. Perhaps this new obsession reflects our increased longevity or the precarious nature of our 21st century lives.

Short takes: 3D, yogurt, celebrity genealogy and more

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Things that have been bugging me lately but which aren't worth an entire post: Why is it that the first thing a 3D film does to establish its, well, ...

Celebrity Genealogy Hits Prime Time

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Active and armchair genealogists across the country will soon be treated shows on PBS and NBC that will offer considerable, multicultural star power.