Former Friends star Lisa Kudrow joked with Conan O’Brien about the difficulty of tracing his Irish ancestry.
The actress now produces Who Do You Think You Are? which helps celebrities research their family history. She joined O’Brien on his chat-show recently, and admitted that tracing Irish family history is notoriously hard because “everyone has the same name”!
O’Brien told his guest that he had been approached by the Who Do You Think You Are? team about appearing on the show. He said that he gave a DNA sample and a few basic details but has heard nothing back in a year.
O’Brien asked Kudrow why he hadn’t heard anything to which she replied: “Irish ancestry is really tough.”
She pointed out that it is not too difficult to trace family history of Irish Americans in America, but the problems start when they try to follow the trail further back to Ireland.
O’Brien jokes that no-one in Ireland keeps records and everyone is drinking.
Kudrow does point out that there are useful records available, within the Catholic Church and also the prison system.
Many people take an interest in researching their family tree, and in recent years the task has become a little easier thanks to online documentation.
O’Brien is one of millions of Americans that has descended from Irish immigrants.
If you would like to begin researching your family history then visit findmypast.com
Take a look at O’Brien and Kudrow below.