Molly Ringwald makes an upsetting discovery about her Swedish ancestors as she delves into her family roots on Who Do You Think You Are?

Who’s the Swede?

That’s what actress Molly Ringwald attempts to find out on Sunday evening’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

The curious 48-year-old was anxious to know more about her mysterious great-grandfather who claimed he was of royal heritage, on the TLC show that helps stars probe their family roots.

Family history: Molly Ringwald makes an upsetting discovery about her widowed ancestor on Sunday evening's episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

Family history: Molly Ringwald makes an upsetting discovery about her widowed ancestor on Sunday evening’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

‘I can’t remember his given name but my dad said everyone called him the Swede,’ she laughingly told the cameras.

Her research took her to his homeland in Sweden, New York and various Nebraska towns, according to the Huffingtonpost.com.

As the star continued her hunt she discovered her family’s past in coal mining and the tragedies that befell some members.

Investigation: The 48-year-old star sets out to find out about her mysterious great-grandfather who claimed he was of royal heritage

Investigation: The 48-year-old star sets out to find out about her mysterious great-grandfather who claimed he was of royal heritage

Hunting for information: Molly's research took her to her homeland in Sweden, New York and various Nebraska towns

Hunting for information: Molly’s research took her to her homeland in Sweden, New York and various Nebraska towns

In one clip, Molly went down into a cold and wet mine where one of her ancestors, Carl Grip, was killed when a rock fell on his head in 1857, age 26 ‘with a baby on the way,’ she added.

‘It’s unbelievable to me that people worked in these conditions,’ she said. ‘It must just have been hell.’

In another clip on People.com, she got emotional reading an 1857 record showing the mining company moved Carl’s wife Kjersti and her children out of its housing and into accommodation for mine workers’s widows.

With no such thing as insurance for widows, they were forced to beg to keep themselves and their children alive.

'It's unbelievable to me that people worked in these conditions,' she said. 'It must just have been hell.'

‘It’s unbelievable to me that people worked in these conditions,’ she said. ‘It must just have been hell.’

Tough times: As the star continued her hunt she discovered her family's past in coal mining and the tragedies that befell some members

Tough times: As the star continued her hunt she discovered her family’s past in coal mining and the tragedies that befell some members

In another clip on People.com , she got emotional reading an 1857 record showing the mining company moved Carl's wife Kjersti and her children out of its housing and into accommodation for mine workers's widows

In another clip on People.com , she got emotional reading an 1857 record showing the mining company moved Carl’s wife Kjersti and her children out of its housing and into accommodation for mine workers’s widows

The Pretty In Pink star read an account of one widow who froze to death in the snow near the house, as she attempted to return with food for her family.

A shaken Molly said of the women, ‘They seemed a little forgotten.’

But what of her ancestor’s royal connections?

Watch TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? on Sunday evening to find out.

 



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