Our First Discover Who You Are Sweepstakes Winner

Our First Discover Who You Are Sweepstakes Winner

We're celebrating the return of NBC’s "Who Do You Think You Are?" with a giveaway. While celebrities explore their genealogy on the show, we want to give you the opportunity to explore your own genealogical history with our Discover Who You Are Sweepstakes!Each week in February we will...

We’re celebrating the return of NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” with a giveaway. While celebrities explore their genealogy on the show, we want to give you the opportunity to explore your own genealogical history with our Discover Who You Are Sweepstakes!

Each week in February we will announce a lucky winner on our Facebook fan page and the Genealogy Insider blog. Our first winner:

So what’s the prize? Four lucky winners will get Discover Your Roots Kits, which include a bookazine for genealogy beginners, a Family Tree University course, a subscription to Family Tree Magazine, our State Research Guides CD and the Family Tree Pocket Reference eBook—a $205 value!

You can enter each week in February, by doing one or both of the following things:

  1. Comment here on the blog during “WDYTYA.” You could write about a technique or resource you learned about from the show, or (if you missed the show) something you’re looking forward to learning about your own genealogy.
  2. “Like” Family Tree Magazine on Facebook, and comment on or “like” our statuses about “WDYTYA.”

We’ll pick a winner each Monday and post their name here and on Facebook.

This contest will run until Feb. 27, 2011. Official rules can be found here.

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  1. I am the caretaker of a wonderful set of letters written by my great grandparents during the Civil War. I know quite a bit about my great grandmother’s family, but I would love to know more about my great grandfather’s family. I would also like to learn more about where my great grandfather served during the war. I have hints, but I want to know more.

  2. I actually surprisingly found a non-direct connection to Sarah Jessica Parker’s family after watching the replay of it last year. It really did surprise me but I watched it the first time and thought I recognized one of the names and after watching the re-broadcast I found out that I have a distant, non-direct connection to her Hodge line. Pretty neat.

  3. Congrats to the winners. I hope they can use the reference info well. In my training with other friends who do genealogy, I was taught to trust primary documents (like birth certs and death certs) and use all other documents as guides. Sometimes the guides will provide sufficient guidance to infer a real answer, but always keep looking.

  4. I’m really looking forward to the episodes featuring Tim McGraw and Rosie O’Donnell since I’ve run into so many brick walls researching my Irish ancestors from Castleblayney, County Monaghan, and Rathmullan, County Donegal.

    And the first episode with Vanessa Williams was VERY well done. Much enjoyed it!

    Joe McCabe

  5. One thing I have discovered when researching Genealogy is that a polite well written letter can go a long way in order to get what you need. One of the most overlooked of records are High School and College Transcripts. I generally have a rule that if a person is decesaed then I should be able to get a copy of their transcripts and I’ll write a letter to the academic institution and request a copy of the recored noting that the person is deceased and will generally provide a date of birth and death and dates attended. So far this technique has worked everytime and I’ve been able to find out what my ancestors were interested in academically.

    R. Nicholas

  6. Both my husband and my family (3rd generation born-Americans) have distant immigrant roots in other countries (Germany, Ireland, Scotland…and probably others of which we’re yet unaware). As we slowly unfold our heritage, we discover the strength of the human spirit, the impact war, disease and misfortune paid on their lives, and how their decisions have impacted who we are today.

    It’s like unraveling…or even re-raveling…a master tapestry to see the whole picture. We love it! We really enjoy the WDYTYA shows as we always pick up new hints to use in our searches…and it also gives us an awareness that every single person has a unique heritage of which they will always have more to discover.

    Now…on to try and discover more…:)

  7. I was thrilled to discover that, even w/o a TV, I can watch Who Do You Think You Are on Hulu. Loved the Vanessa Williams episode. Wonder whether the National Archives would give me such personal attention if I were to go there. I do know that the Irish National Library – Dublin Genealogy branch does offer a meeting with one of their genalogists to anyone coming to Ireland to research their ancestors. I am looking forward to my session when I travel there next month, to do the first of many research visits.

  8. I love this show. I watch it everytime and I learn something new with every show besides what the participant learns. I am thrilled to find out that HULU shows videos of the show just in case of power failure or something like that. I have bits and pieces of my family history but would love to know more!!

  9. Tina Watson Sinkhorn

    I really enjoy the show. I have been researching my family history for the past ten years. It is really great when you have one of those moments when you have found what you have been searching for for so long. It can make you feel like you want to shout to the world Aah!

  10. I have been researching my family for 12 years. Whereas I have found out quite a bit about my father’s family who were English and Scotch, my mother’s German ancestors are much more illusive and I cannot read German. The Vanessa Williams show was very entertaining and I would love to have resources available to help me break through my brick walls.
    Ann Fodrocy

  11. LOVED the first episode of season 2 with Vanessa Williams. She really seemed to be proud of what the men in her family stood for it was so interesting to hear what they did for a living. I would love to know more about what made my ancestors &quot;tick&quot;.

  12. I really liked the Vanessa Williams episode. She is a gracious lady with strong family values. I liked how she connected with her ancestors through education and doing things to &quot;stand out&quot; and do what others may find hard to do. She has a great family heritage!

  13. I enjoy watching WDYTYA. So far I have gleam something from each episode that has been of help with my own family research. Thank-you to everyone involved in the research and production of WDYTYA.

  14. Vanessa William’s trip to Washington DC and the National Archives, where she found the actual pention records of her loved one, has created a renewed sense of passion to &quot;dig&quot; back into my own ancestry research. My great, great, great grandmother is reported to be the first white woman settler in Nevada and Vanessa’s story was so exciting to watch, I am once again, excited to see where my great, great, great grandmother’s story leads me.

    Thank you for renewing my genealogical Spirit, Michele

  15. Every time I watch the show, I want to immediately go looking for my ancestors. I haven’t had the time lately, but I hope to get back to the search soon.

    Great show! I’m thrilled to see it back for a second season.

  16. Wow! So cool. I really enjoy watching WDYTYA, only wish they would have more episodes! And it would be cool if they did one show on someone who was not famous; someone that ordinary people like me could actually relate to. But, I still love the show.


  17. Love the shows. It’s wonderful that someone can work with the Professors of that level and actually walk the grounds that there Ancestors’ did. It would be “Great” if the stories were on all year.
    No matter how long you have been working on your Family you can always learn something new. Even though I’m fortunate on my family location, but most of my dad’s side is gone and the others do not remember a lot. So I started with my immediate family and working my way back. I use to go see my parents twice a month and also go to the local Funeral Home where I could make copies of the Death Certificates. My father unexpectedly got sick and passed away. I moved my mom closer and was not able to continue copying the Death Certificates. One of the greatest things that happen here was the Genealogy Museum made a deal with the Funeral Home and started making copies of the Death Certificates from the beginning of time that records were kept. So for under $50.00 dollars I bought the CD’s from the beginning of Records being kept, up until the mid 50’s and now waiting on the other copies. The time it has saved me and being able to find so many family members is what kept me going on my research. Not to mention I can match the Gravesites with the Death Certificate and make sure we are related. If they have different information I can research further. It would be a wonderful thing if all Genealogy Museums and Funeral Homes did this everywhere.

  18. A few years ago I was doing quite a bit of research on my family but ran into roadblocks just a couple of generations back. The problem is that I am in an entirely different part of the country and am just having to guess at where people actually lived.Part of our family lived in Indian territory so I am at a loss as to how to research that.
    I’m especially interested in finding out more about that part of my family.

  19. Years ago I did alot of work on my family history. When my life got more hectic I set geneology aside. I would love to learn how to use the internet to do effective family history searching. Thanks for this giveaway!
    jboyanto at swbell dot net