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Sebastian Coe on Who Do You Think You Are?


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 25 Aug 2011 10:36 : coe who do you think you are : 0 comments : 1140 views

Last night was episode three of Who Do You Think You Are? and focused on one of Britain's most successful athletes, Sebastian Cole. Sebastian won Olympic medals in 1980 and 1984 and today is best known for his role on the 2012 Olympic committee. Sebastian was keen to uncover more information on his mother's side of the family as he admitted that his knowledge only went back as far his grandmother. He grew up in Sheffield so in the opening of the programme he travels to the North of England where he meets a local historian who tells him the romantic story of how his grandparents met and even shows him a portrait of her.


Who Do You Think You Are? Sebastian Coe - Episode 3


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 23 Aug 2011 10:49 : coe who do you think you are : 0 comments : 7819 views

The third episode of Who Do You Think You Are? will delve into the family history of Sebastian Coe, famous for his successful athletics career. This week we have some interesting findings from the experienced family historian Roy Stockdill...


J.K. Rowling on Who Do You Think You Are?


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 18 Aug 2011 09:04 : rowling who do you think you are : 1 comment : 1269 views

J.K. Rowling, or Jo, is the multi-millionaire writer of the infamous Harry Potter books. For a long time she was a single mother working as a teacher, before she changed her life when she put pen to paper and brought Harry Potter to life.


Who Do You Think You Are? J K Rowling - Episode 2


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 16 Aug 2011 09:24 : rowling who do you think you are : 2 comments : 1513 views

Series eight of Who Do You Think You Are? started last week by looking at the fascinating family history of June Brown. We will be delving into the past of each celebrity to see what interesting finds we can make and we will ask you to rise to the challenge and see what else you can discover! This week we are looking into the family tree of J.K. Rowling and our resident genealogist, Anthony Adolph, has found some interesting discoveries. Can you uncover any more of J.K. Rowling's ancestors?


Who Do You Think You Are? June Brown - Episode 1


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 11 Aug 2011 12:28 : brown who do you think you are : 12 comments : 2621 views

June Brown was born in 1927 in Suffolk making her the oldest person to have taken part in Who Do You Think You Are. The first episode of this series starts with June and her family before she embarks on her journey to discover her ancestors. She knows she has East End Jewish roots through her mother's side and is keen to find out more.


June Brown - Family History


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 2 Aug 2011 18:18 : brown who do you think you are : 6 comments : 2549 views

Hi I'm Nikki, Marketing and Product Executive at Genes Reunited. The BBC Who Do You Think You Are? Show have announced that the first celebrity appearing on this year's show will be June Brown, better known as the chain-smoking gossip Dot Cotton in EastEnders. Before the start of the new series I thought I'd do a little of my own research to see what I can uncover about June's family history.


'Who Do You Think You Are' 2011


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 3 Mar 2011 17:00 : who do you think you are events : 0 comments : 1053 views

Last weekend the Genes team were very excited to be attending the Who Do You Think You Are show at Olympia this for the very first time. We had all been discussing and planning the event for months and there had been lots of meetings and discussions to make sure everything was just as we wanted. Ryan (our designer) worked really hard making sure the set was going to look as authentic as possible.


Alexander Armstrong - As posh as he thought he was?


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 25 Aug 2010 17:00 : who do you think you are : 1 comment : 670 views

Alexander Armstrong kicked off this week's Who Do You Think You Are by claiming he has always been called posh and that he would be disappointed if his research didn't reveal a 'posh' background. As it turned out, he didn't need to worry...


Rupert Penry-Jones on Who Do You Think You Are?


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 18 Aug 2010 17:00 : who do you think you are : 0 comments : 662 views

Last night's episode of Who Do You Think You Are saw actor Rupert Penry-Jones eager to learn more about his Indian heritage.


Last night, Monty Don became the latest celebrity to appear on Who Do You Think You Are? The episode focused on two branches of his family tree, his maternal Hodge and paternal Keiller lines.