A Victorian street urchin. Madeleine discovered that her family tree included pickpockets and shoplifters

A Victorian street urchin. Madeleine discovered that her family tree included pickpockets and shoplifters

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Lea Michele's episode of 'Who Do You Think You Are?" on TLC this Sunday, 9/8c (photos courtesy of TLC). She's charming, of course, and goes to Ellis Island (as I recall, a first for the series)!   Her episode is a good lesson in how much we forget so quickly. She's got such a rich (and comparatively recent) history that it's astonishing that it had already been erased from family memory, but #WDYTYA gently delivers some fierce history lessons.

Lea Michele's episode of 'Who Do You Think You Are?" on TLC this Sunday, 9/8c (photos courtesy of TLC). She's charming, of course, and goes to Ellis Island (as I recall, a first for the series)! Her episode is a good lesson in how much we forget so quickly. She's got such a rich (and comparatively recent) history that it's astonishing that it had already been erased from family memory, but #WDYTYA gently delivers some fierce history lessons.

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I don’t get when people are worried about what they’re going to find out about their family. Human beings are complex and frail and brave and transcendent and terrible.

I don’t get when people are worried about what they’re going to find out about their family. Human beings are complex and frail and brave and transcendent and terrible.

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The Emmy nominated series Who Do You Think You Are? returns this spring to follow more of today's most beloved and iconic celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of self-discovery to trace their family trees. The series continues to deliver stories from crucial moments in history, including a number of firsts for

The Emmy nominated series Who Do You Think You Are? returns this spring to follow more of today's most beloved and iconic celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of self-discovery to trace their family trees. The series continues to deliver stories from crucial moments in history, including a number of firsts for

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How the BBC's 'Secret History of my Family' reveals the secrets of social mobility

How the BBC's 'Secret History of my Family' reveals the secrets of social mobility

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Cory Booker & Susan Sarandon - Megan researched both of the missing ancestors discussed here - Cory for Finding Your Roots and Susan for Who Do You Think You Are?

Cory Booker & Susan Sarandon - Megan researched both of the missing ancestors discussed here - Cory for Finding Your Roots and Susan for Who Do You Think You Are?

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Aisha Tyler Isn't Afraid to Dig Deep on Season Premiere of 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Aisha Tyler Isn't Afraid to Dig Deep on Season Premiere of 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

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Sneak Peek: Scott Foley's Revolutionary and Bewitching 'Who Do You Think You Are?' Journey

Sneak Peek: Scott Foley's Revolutionary and Bewitching 'Who Do You Think You Are?' Journey

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