A rock singer and songwriter’s look into her family history has brought her to eastern Missouri’s St. Genevieve.
Famed musician Melissa Etheridge has recorded hit songs such as “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One” in the 1990s, and is also known for her work in the LGBT community. Etheridge will be featured Sunday in the season finale of Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC.
Executive Producer Dan Bucatinsky said Etheridge digs into her French Canadian roots and finds a family shaken by a scandalous lawsuit.
“After a very exciting and long journey that starts in Quebec and then works its way into the United States, she’s able to trace her five times great grandfather’s journey,” said Bucatinsky. “It’s a story that is emotional, romantic, explosive, and in the end she’s able to sort of find peace about her ancestor in Missouri.”
Bucatinsky said her ancestor moved from Quebec to Randolph County, Illinois, where he was a prosperous businessman working the Fur Trade along the Mississippi river.
“Once she starts looking deeper at the marriage records of her ancestor, she sees that he moved across the river to St. Genevieve and she then goes and visits to see how the final days are spent,” said Bucatinsky.
Local St. Genevieve historian Robert J. Mueller shows Etheridge her ancestor’s original will and tells her that his home is still standing.
Research Manager Aleta Rozanski said Etheridge loved visiting Missouri.
“She was really thrilled and I think she’ll be visiting again, she discovered a location where her ancestor lived,” said Rozanski. “I personally heard her say she’d probably be back to visit.”