Video: Katherine & Eric for Ancestry.com

December 24, 2015


What a Christmas gift! Our Ancestry.com TV ad started airing nationally on Dec. 23. 
We had no idea until a friend who lives in Seattle messaged me that she saw us on TV.
Then another friend who lives in Florida said he saw it too.
I quickly googled "new ancestry.com TV ad" and there it was!
Holy smokes.
So, yes, I can finally share our Ancestry.com story with you here.
Click here to see the spot. 
 

Our Ancestry.com commercial air date

December 19, 2015


Just got the good news: Our Ancestry.com commercial will make air!
Out of the five sets of TV ads they shot in LA in late October, our little spot made the cut.
Woo-hoo!
The new spots will start airing December 29.
And, yes, we've seen the commercials.
Ancestry.com sent us a link with two spots, one is 30-seconds and the other is 15-seconds.
We were allowed to view them for an hour... then the link expired.
So, look for us on a TV near you in 2016.
Maybe we'll even make an appearance during the Super...
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Our Ancestry.com Commercial Shoot In Hollywood

November 7, 2015



Once we learned we were picked to be in the 2016 commercials for Ancestry.com everything happened quickly.

The production company contacted us on a Thursday to arrange the flight from Cleveland to LA.

We were then contacted by the director’s team to Skype with him so we could “meet” each other before the shoot.

We arranged the interview for Friday. We were asked what time was good for us… and then the director told us he’d try and give us a ring around that time. He said he’d g...


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How We Ended Up Staring In An Ancestry.com Commercial

November 2, 2015


The flight from LA to Cleveland is just under five hours. 
But, let me tell you, cramped in economy on the plane right now makes it feel like 10 hours.
And I’m a size 4.
On camera, however, I look like a size 8. At least on video. 
As a journalist for the last 25 years I’ve made a living telling other people’s stories on TV, radio or in print. Now, for the first time ever, I’m telling my story.
Well, really, “our” story. 
As I type, we’re flying back to Cleveland after shooting a comm...


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A Beautiful Tribute To A Special Girl

September 14, 2015


Last year, these beautiful photos kept popping up on my social media.
Families, couples, even solo shots of friends, standing in this breath-taking field of bright, sunny, happy sunflowers.
"Where is that?" I wondered.
After a bit of research I came across the answer.
It was part of a remembrance for a little girl.
A little girl named Maria who died of cancer.
Maria was just 7-years-old when a brain tumor robbed her of the long life every child deserves. 
But out of her passing, hope bloomed, in the...
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Gardening Is The Bomb!

July 5, 2015
Our family is lucky to live in a city that has a community garden.
And we're extra lucky because the garden's just a short walk from our home.
I spend a lot of time in our little garden plot.  And come July, it really starts to pay off.
Take our Fourth of July feast here.
Just 20 minutes before I plopped this huge pot of pipping hot goodness onto the picnic table for my family to enjoy,
my son ran out to the garden and picked a couple of hot peppers, sweet onions and fresh oregano.
When he brought ...
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Featured In Fashion Flash

May 19, 2015


What a thrill! So honored to be counted among Cleveland's fashionable set.
When Cleveland Plain Dealer fashion reporter & photographer  Allison Carey asked to feature me in her weekly column, Fashion Flash, I was so flattered. 
Then I went into a tizzy.
What to wear? How to choose? Oh, the pressure! 
The delicious pressure!
In the end I chose a dress my daughter begged me not to wear, ("It looks like a prom dress Mom!"), a hat that refused to stay put, and a gown I bought at the Goodwill for $15. ...
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Feature in Balanced Family Magazine

March 20, 2015


Honored to have our family story featured in the inaugural issue of Balance Family Magazine.
The story chronicles my year-long search to unearth my family's ancestral roots.
Read the story here, starting on page 18. 




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Researching My Roots: Part IV Of My Series In The Irish American News

February 21, 2015


Katherine Mary V ... A story from this month's issue of the Ohio Irish American News
by Katherine Boyd

My great great grandmother was able to bring her family to the United States thanks to fashion; she was a dressmaker. And through her craft, she cobbled together enough money to bring herself and three young daughters to Boston after her husband died and left her a widow.

Even though they were poor and lived in the Roxbury section of Boston, the daughters always looked stunning. What they wore-...


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Is It Hot In Here, Or Is It Just Me?

February 13, 2015


They say a picture's worth a thousand words. What does this picture say?
It says the #1 killer of women is heart disease. And we need to end that.
So, today, I was honored to MC the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Health Expo at the Cleveland Convention Center.
Heart disease isn't fun. But raising money to fight it should be.
And that's why these handsome Cleveland firefighters were invited to the party... to keep the ladies entertained.
And provide a little eye candy.
Did my heart go...
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