I watched the season premier of Finding Your Roots on PBS. I never plan to watch it, but if it’s on, it draws me in. On this episode they were doing George R R Martin and Andy Sandberg.
Poor George, instead of finding more of his ancestors, they turned a fourth of his known family tree into a question mark. Louie, who he thought was his grandfather, DNA tests showed wasn’t his grandfather after all. His real grandfather was a jewish man, but the show couldn’t track down who it could have been.
Meanwhile, Andy Sandberg’s Mom was adopted, so she had no idea where she came from. They found out her mom was this Jewish woman who was the daughter of a lady who was an artist in Bombay (India). And her dad, they found out through DNA, came from this little town in Sicily. They tracked down a member of the family who happened to be in the Navy and stationed in San Francisco for a year at the same time that Andy’s Mom was born. And they tracked down other members of that man’s family, and they had family photos of him, and in one photo he was on a date with who they considered a mystery woman they knew nothing about.
So that was all really fascinating. They tracked down a whole new family tree for Andy Sandberg, and they obliterated George R R Martin’s family tree and replaced a fourth of it with a question mark.