Friday, September 23, 2011

J.K. Rowling's "Who Do You Think You Are?" episode (England)

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I had great genealogy fun last night, and learned quite a bit, and was mesmerized watching the BBC episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" featuring Harry Potter novelist J.K. Rowling.  The episode can be viewed at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6399QxJiPM, or click on the video below:




All of the publicity and commentary I've read about this episode focussed on the fact that the family thought that her grandfather, Louis Volant, was a Legion of Honor medal recipient, but Jo finds out that it was wrongly given to the family. 

For me, the best part of this story is the challenge of finding her grandfather's mother's name and her family.  It's very touching, and the records reviewed in the entire episode are very interesting.  I noted that they didn't visit Ancestry.com very often, either!

3 comments:

Heather Rojo said...

This was one of my favorite WDYTYA? episodes. I hope it airs on real TV in the USA, but I'm not holding my breathe. Maybe in re-runs? Who knows!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Randy, for sharing this! It shows genealogy success in action for the many millions of Harry Potter fans who may not have ever tried genealogy before. You've done a real service as I've sent the YouTube url it to many Harry Potter/JK Rowling fans and they've loved it. Well done, both to Jo and you!

Donna Hague Wendt said...

Thanks Randy for posting the link to the British WDYTYA. The episode was wonderful. I hope to view more in the future. Aloha, Donna