“[Who Do You Think You Are?] is one of the most wonderful experiences of all my born days. I have indeed been amazed, and as Dario predicted, I have wept my way through some of the revelations. The producer said he would bet his career on my episode, and yes, he gets to keep his career. It is a doozie…The researchers began working on my genealogy a year ago! They asked what I might like to learn, what questions I might have for my people. I said I wondered if there were any activists in my background, any agitators for social change, champions of the poor, or reform. Were there people of exceptional faith, charity, hope?”
The show certainly answered her questions. The first part of the episode described the story of one of her ancestors who fought in the Civil War at age 15, was captured by Confederate troops twice, lost a leg at the Battle of Saltville, and became an important figure in a local Methodist church. The second part of the show traced Judd’s ancestry back to William Brewster, a Brownist who came to the New World on the Mayflower.
According to the web site Copius Notes, Judd said, “I loved going to the state archives. They were wonderful people and I loved getting on that microfiche and looking at property records and . . . it’s enthralling.”
See sharing family history with WDYTYA for ideas on getting started on your own genealogy.