Tonight, Ashley Judd was the celebrity on the season finale of Who Do You Think You Are?
Her family story is compelling, and includes a Union Civil War veteran from Kentucky, who was captured twice by the Confederates, and was a battlefield amputee.
Additionally, her line goes back to the earliest days of the Plymouth Bay Colony in Massachusetts.
The show presented her as doing some of the research with her father. This wasn’t an entirely believable portion of the show.
At one point, a researcher indicated that the Civil War ancestor’s age of 18 at the mustering in and 18 at mustering out might have indicated that he lied about his age on mustering in. That is certainly possible. But the age being the same on mustering in and out is common throughout US military records, and is simply reflective of a practice that lists the age at mustering in instead of the soldier’s current age throughout the records about that soldier.
However, despite that glitch, it was a compelling, dramatic, and emotional season finale. The video will be available for a limited time on demand at: http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/episode-guide/