by Sally Deering
Â â€œWho am I?â€ Itâ€™s a question people have pondered since the dawn of time. And these days, itâ€™s not enough to know how you fit in with your immediate family; people are now turning to websites like Ancestry.com to dig up the roots of their familyâ€™s tree. This trend is so popular, hit TV shows like â€œFinding your Rootsâ€ on PBS and â€œWho Do You Think You Are?â€ on NBC are attracting high ratings from viewers tuning in to watch stars like Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Bacon, Edie Falco, Rob Lowe and Rosie Oâ€™Donnell discover the secrets of their familyâ€™s past.
Â In November 2010, the New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library and its staff were featured in one of the episodes of NBCâ€™s â€œWho Do You Think You Are?â€ when Oâ€™Donnell came to the New Jersey Room to do genealogy search into her Irish background. Â The show took Oâ€™Donnell on a journey that included a trip to Ireland, where she visited a workhouse where one of her relatives had lived. Both â€œFinding your Rootsâ€ and â€œWho Do You Think You Areâ€ are filled with touching moments like these, and for viewers, the shows have helped a renewed interest in the past so that we might learn more about ourselves. Continue reading Back to the Future-Exploring Family Lineage and Filling in the Blanks