Thursday, March 11, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are?

More than 6.85 million viewers tuned in to watch the March 5th premiere of NBC’s new television series, Who Do You Think You Are? This episode featured actress Sarah Jessica Parker unraveling the story of her great-great-great-great-grandfather, John S. Hodge, a miner in the 1849 California Gold Rush. With the help of Natalie Cottrill of ProGenealogists and Josh Taylor of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, she learned of her descent from English immigrant Robert Elwell who died in Salem, Mass., in 1683. (This moment was especially interesting to me as one of Elwell’s twelfth generation descendants.) Sarah Jessica Parker also learned that one of her ancestors was accused of witchcraft in 1692. To watch this episode online, visit