There has been a lot of talk in the genealogy community about Genealogy Roadshow, a new PBS show. The other recent TV show was the new season of Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC. The shows demonstrate the spectrum of family history research. Genealogy Roadshow solves a mystery in a couple minutes on television, but in reality, some of the top genealogists in the country have done hours of research behind the scenes. Who Do You Think You Are? sends celebrities all over the world in search of their ancestry.
Real people can have their ancestry researched, and they do not have to travel all over the world to do it. If they do not have the time or the resources to do it themselves, they can hire a professional, like me (shameless plug- this is my blog after all!) to do the research for them. The Association of Professional Genealogists has a great search engine to help with this. It can be searched for location of the ancestors or the researcher, or by other specialties. You can also search by name or company. Try searching for Family Sherlock!