For any Robert Downey Jr fan this is a really interesting episode. If you are a fan if his and also a genealogist, then this is just a fantastic episode!
Robert Downey appeared on PBS’s “Finding Your Roots” with host Henry Louis Gates Jr and made some interesting discoveries. I don’t want to spoil anything, since the fun is in watching the episode and see how it unfolds for yourself, but I will say that he was surprised. And seemed very happy about it!
Also in the same episode is actress Maggie Gyllenhaal who had some very cool discoveries of her own.
Some other episodes include Samuel L. Jackson, Martha Stewart, John Legend and Condoleeza Rice.
To watch the Robert Downey Jr episode please visit the link below.
The very popular TV show “Mr Selfridge” is based on the life of American entrepreneur Harold Gordon Selfridge. He worked his way up the ladder to opening London’s big department store Selfridge & Co and changed the way of shopping forever.
Although Harrods, had already successfully been in business for many years, Mr Selfridge still opened up and began his own his department store on Oxford Street.
From The Genealogist.co.uk the site has a good amount of information of the Selfridge family. Including newspaper ads and census records.
Since all good things have to sometimes come to a sad end, it appears that the family graves have come under disrepair, or just simply forgot about. Buried in St. Mark’s churchyard in Highcliffe, Dorset, the graves are in a sad state and doesn’t seem to be remembered or even have a hint of the man and family they once were in life.
As more and more period pieces are becoming popular television shows, with the likes of Downton Abbey, Peaky Blinders, and Mr Selfridge, for the genealogist in us all, there is a real story here in Mr. Selfridge. This man and his life are documented on paper and now on channels such as ITV and PBS.
Please visit the links below for the reference photos and for more information.
In only a few days time, I was able to get some information gathered for a friend of mine. She had told me that in her family there was an old tale that a certain famous outlaw from the old days was related to her.
While doing some quick research in a hunter and gatherer method, I discovered there was a relative that had a similar name, but was not this outlaw.
I presented her today with the information I gathered and the supporting documents as well.
She thanked me many times, but for me, her most valued “thank you” was one I don’t thing she meant to use as a form of appreciation. Reading the documents and information I gave her, created so much emotion in her she began to cry.
That is my thank you. Her true, heart-felt emotion makes me proud of what I do and proud of my work in genealogy.
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