Well the third episode of NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? with Lisa Kudrow just ended here in Chicago and I wanted to put my impressions down in a blog post. I'm encouraging my other genealogy blogging colleagues to do the same or if you don't have your own blog, add your comments below.
- PLUS: Lisa Kudrow was excited about trying to find the story about her great-grandmother and how she died in Ilya, Belarus based on the facts told so touchingly by her father.
- MINUS: Not really a minus, but having to see Kudrow's father cry and be in such turmoil. No one told me this was a three-hanky episode.
- PLUS: Being able to visit your ancestral homeland and talk to actual neighbors about your family.
- MINUS: Again not a minus, but I just can't imagine the pain of having to hear from these neighbors how your family was slaughtered.
- PLUS: The ability to be in Poland after the Iron Curtain fell and have open records in order to find a distant relative.
- PLUS: The fact that Yuri (Borislaw) was still alive. This goes to show that genealogists never make assumptions (like assuming someone is dead because someone else said so) but do the research first.
- MINUS: Too many recaps! Was it just me or did it seem there were way more recaps and "coming up" in this episode? What was a 42 minutes episode after commercials really was a 32 minute episode if you remove the intro (which is way too long) and the recaps. Were there no other compelling aspects of this story that could have filled out those 10 minutes?
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