Chris O'Dowd, star of the HBO/BBC mockumentary Family Tree -- brainchild of Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock (who's also in the show), answered some questions about the series and a variety of other topics. My favorite responses are below (and yes, I'm biased because he was kind enough to address my question!), but there's more where this came from at HBO Connect.
You can find Family Tree on HBO on Sundays at 10:30 p.m.
Several years ago, I conducted extensive genealogical research into the heritage of Michelle Obama. A few of my discoveries – particularly those pertaining to the Shields branch of her family tree – made news a couple of years ago, but there’s much that I’ve never shared, so I’ve decided to blow the dust off of a video I made back in August 2009.
This is a simple, homemade video – a narrated PowerPoint – and subsequent research has revealed more than what’s included here (for more insight, please read this recent, seven-part series and/or the “Finding Melvina” and “Road to a First Lady’s Roots” chapters of my book, Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing), but I hope you’ll enjoy this overview of the remarkable family history of our First Lady.
Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Chicago Beginnings (part 1) Michelle Obama's Ancestors: The Great Migration (part 2) Michelle Obama's Ancestors: The Great Mixing (part 3) Michelle Obama's Ancestors: LaVaughn Johnson (part 4) Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Fraser Robinson (part 5) Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Rebecca Jumper (aka Coleman) (part 6)