Watch the “Who Do You Think You Are?” Kelly Clarkson Episode on iTunes

Watch the “Who Do You Think You Are?” Kelly Clarkson Episode on iTunes

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...

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.

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  1. I agree that the best part of researching our ancestors is discovering how their lives were shaped by the historical events of their time. Viewing history in this context, makes it personal. Looking forward to knowing more about Andersonville, as a 2nd great grand uncle of mine died there, only 16 years old. I’ll wait to watch it on the 23rd & just comment that kudos go to TLC for picking up WDYTYA. I hope the show has a home there for many years to come.

  2. Carolyn Brack-Jackson

    Why are no no African-Americans being featured on "Who do You Think You Are" this season? I have written both TLC and Lisa Kudrow on her Facebook pare, and to date I have had no response!