Has anyone caught this show on CBS? I just found out about it last night (ok tv isn't generally my cup of tea unless it is NCIS). With the help of a professional genealogist, celebrities trace their roots. I have only seen the episode with Lisa Kudrow whose great-grandmother was executed by the Nazis in World War II. While this show is a big plug for Ancestry.com, it shows that genealogists (and I will include historians) aren't just creepy people who hang out in cemeteries and prefer dead people to live ones (ok, maybe some of us are!).
I come from a genealogy background and found that the processes are similar if not identical. Genealogy is generally visualized as a tree, while I see our type of research as blades of grass. We focus on the subject, and maybe parents and children, but disregard the extended family. Instead, we focus on surrounding people (other blades of grass).
My question is how other posters think this show will impact potential future researchers as it generates new interest, and secondly, by focusing of some pretty big names in Hollywood, will there be any measurable shift toward history in the land of lights and glitter? Or is this just wishful thinking on my part?