Originally Aired: 12 Mar 2010
"...history is really MY story right now." -Emmitt Smith
Ancestry.com Presence: One direct mention, one indirect viewing, and one representative.
- Granted, my experience doesn't come from doing a lot of African-American genealogy, but I thought it was a good introduction into the challenges that kind of research presents.
- DNA: I find the DNA testing fascinating and I'm glad it was used for this episode. It made me even more curious as to what my own results would be in comparison to what I think and/or know about my ancestry
- His appreciation of what his ancestor Mariah lived through and how lucky they were to have been kept together as a family.
In the End: Overall good episode with no major archival transgressions. (Running fingers down the old documents trying to keep his place while reading is about the main one I spotted.)
Rating: 4 out of 5 (Mainly because while I thought it was a good episode, it left me wanting more. I suppose that could be a good thing as well...I'm really just going on instinct for giving out the rating!)
Things I'd Like to Reiterate:
- I haven't used DNA testing for my own research, but that is more due to funding it than an absence of desire to use DNA testing. After all, being that I have no brothers, I would have to make my father and one of my maternal Uncles to take the test. Females don't get as detailed results because our DNA can only go on the maternal lines only.
- I'm going to re-watch this next week once I'm done with this cold. My head is still pounding and I know I'm not thinking as quickly or as well, hence why there is so very little content to this review.
Next Episode: Lisa Kudrow