Video & Television

The Genealogy Roadshow is Coming to Houston and You Are Invited to Attend

On Sunday, Nov. 22nd, PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow will be taping an episode at the Ideson Library Building, 550 McKinney & Smith Street in downtown Houston. The location is across the street from City Hall. The public is invited to attend as audience members from 9 am to 6 pm. It probably will be crowded so you might want to show up a bit early to get a good viewing location.

Click on the image below to see a larger version of the event brochure:

PBS’ “Genealogy Roadshow” to Record One Episode in Miami and You Can Attend

genealogy_roadshow_logoSouth Florida PBS officials are inviting the public to the HistoryMiami museum to attend the free taping, which will be featured in three episodes of the nationally broadcast show in spring or summer 2016.

Heading into its third season, “Genealogy Roadshow” uses science and history to explore the backgrounds of everyday Americans’ families, show how diverse and unique they are, and see whether they figure into larger American history through famous distant relatives. The show’s hosts are genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco.

PBS’ “Genealogy Roadshow” New Season to Start on May 17

PBS will premiere the third season of Genealogy Roadshow, May 17, with participants from Boston, Providence, Miami, Houston and Los Angeles.

Genealogy Roadshow stars genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco and features participants with unique claims and storylines.


PBS’ “Finding Your Roots” to Return on January 5

The third season of Finding Your Roots with host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will start on January 5, 2016. This will be the first broadcast of the series since marking the return of the show since it was revealed that guest Ben Affleck requested deletion of all references to a slave-owning ancestor from the actor’s episode of the genealogy series.

The new season of Finding Your Roots will feature Shonda Rhimes, Neil Patrick Harris and Julianna Margulies. Check your local TV listings for the date and time that the new series will be broacast on your local PBS station.

Video: How the Library of Congress Handles Wet Collections

It is every library’s and archive’s worst nightmare: a flood or burst water pipes soak the books and documents. Don’t wait until a disaster to know what to do. Instead, watch the video NOW on the Library of Congress’ Preservation Directorate home page showing how the Library handles wet collections.

Conservators with the Library’s Preservation Emergency Response Team explain and demonstrate how the Library of Congress prepares for and responds to emergencies that threaten or damage collections, in particular, for dealing with water-damaged collections. The video includes a brief description of the broad range of preservation activities undertaken by the Library’s Preservation Directorate.

Go to to view the video.

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Seasons 4 and 5 are Now Available on Hulu

Who-Do-You-Think-You-ArePast episodes of the U.S. version of Who Do You Think You Are? are now available on Hulu, the streaming video channel available on the Internet. Only season 4 (2013) and season 5 (2014) episodes are available, however. Those programs include the following guest celebrities:

Season 4:

Kelly Clarkson
Christina Applegate
Chelsea Handler
Zooey Deschanel
Chris O’Donnell
Cindy Crawford
Trisha Yearwood
Jim Parsons

Season 5:

Dozens Attend Taping of PBS’s “Genealogy Roadshow” in Providence

Last week I wrote, “Genealogy Roadshow” to Videotape in Rhode Island This Week and You Can Attend. The article is available at The event obviously was a success, as described by Linda Borg in the Providence Journal. She writes:

“On Sunday, the PBS television show “Genealogy Roadshow” came to the Providence Public Library, drawing dozens of truth-seekers and history buffs. The show’s producers sought out New England residents with fascinating stories, people hoping to solve a family mystery or fill in a missing link.

“A team of experts spent weeks combing through family heirlooms, letters, historical documents, even DNA testing, to find answers to these questions.”

You can read more and also see photos of the event at

“Genealogy Roadshow” to Videotape in Rhode Island This Week and You Can Attend

genealogy_roadshow_logoThe Providence (Rhode Island) Public Library will host a crew from the popular “Genealogy Roadshow” on Sunday, October 4. The show stars genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco and features participants with unique claims and storylines.

The show will feature Providence residents who have (or believe they have) interesting, significant family stories. Chosen stories have been researched by a team of local experts, and will be linked to the history of the community.

A Remake of the Popular “Roots” Television Program to Air in 2016

Haley_roots“Roots” was a 1977 television miniseries in the USA based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family. It received 37 Emmy Award nominations and won nine. It also won a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. The program’s Nielsen ratings for the finale still holds a record as the third highest rated episode for any type of television series, and the second most watched overall series finale in U.S. television history. Now a remake of the mini-series is planned for broadcast in 2016.

According to the Encyclopedia of World Biography:

The tale follows the life of Kunta Kinte, a proud African who was kidnapped from his village in West Africa. After surviving the middle passage (the brutal shipment of Africans to be sold in the Americas), he was made a slave on a plantation in the United States. Haley visited archives, libraries, and research repositories on three continents to make the book as authentic (real) as possible. He even reenacted Kunta’s experience during the middle passage by spending a night in the hold of a ship (the storage room below deck) stripped to his underwear.

You can read more about Haley at

Casting Call: PBS’s ‘Genealogy Roadshow’ Wants Your Family Story

genealogy_roadshow_logoHere is your chance to be a television star  and also to have a genealogy mystery solved for you. The producers from the PBS’ series “Genealogy Roadshow” are collecting family stories from viewers in the southwestern United States.

If you live in Northern or Central New Mexico and have a burning question about your family’s history, or if you have a family mystery that has gone unsolved, the television program’s producers want to hear from you.

Tom Bergeron on Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

This Sunday, August 30 at 9/8c TLC will air TV host’s Tom Bergeron’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

In the episode, Tom Bergeron sets out to unravel the murky history of his paternal roots. Tracing back over 400 years, he uncovers the dramatic story of his 10x great-grandparents, who endured brutal warfare and starvation in France. Then Tom follows their daughter, who was orphaned as a teenager and bravely set off across the Atlantic, playing a significant role in establishing the New World.

Catch a sneak peek of the episode at:

Alfre Woodard to be Guest Celebrity on the US version of Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

This Sunday, August 9 at 9/8c, TLC will air actress Alfre Woodard’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

In the episode, Alfre Woodard sets out to learn more about her paternal grandfather’s family, which she knows little about since her grandfather died before she knew him. She uncovers the triumphant story of her great-grandfather Alec, who endured the horrors of slavery and ascended from servitude to successful landowner, an extraordinary feat of his time.

Catch a sneak peek of the episode here:

‘Finding Your Roots’ will Return on PBS for Third Season

“Finding Your Roots” will return for season three, but whether the celebrity genealogy series that buried an uncomfortable fact about Ben Affleck’s ancestor continues after that remains in doubt, PBS’ chief executive PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said.

PBS conducted a “very thorough investigation” and is working with the show’s producers to ensure that its content is accurate, according to Kerger. You can read my earlier article at for details.

U.S. Version of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ to Feature J. K. Rowling’s Family History

J. K. Rowling

Viewers of next Sunday’s edition of the TLC genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? will see an interesting program about J. K. Rowling’s ancestry. She is the author of the wildly popular Harry Potter stories. She learns, among other things, that a family story about a grandfather who won a high honor in France wasn’t quite right.

This episode was broadcast originally on the BBC network in the U.K. on 17 August 2011. Obviously, it will also appeal to many U.S. fans of J. K. Rowling so it is being rebroadcast in the U.S. on Sunday, August 2, at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central time.

Ginnifer Goodwin To Appear On TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? This Sunday

On Sunday, July 26 at 9PM/8PM Central, TLC will be bringing a new season of episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? with a brand new batch of celebrities ready to embark on a journey to learn more about their family history.

Sunday’s episode features Once Upon A Time’s Ginnifer Goodwin. In the episode, Goodwin knows little about her paternal grandfather’s family, and sets out to learn why her father never knew his own grandparents. What she does know is that her grandfather left home at the young age of just 11 years old. Ginnifer searches to find out why.


U.S. Version of Who Do You Think You Are? to Premiere July 26

The two-time Emmy nominated series Who Do You Think You Are? returns this summer to share more stories of the real life family history of celebrities. The new season premieres Sunday, July 26 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central time.

The contributors featured in the upcoming season include:

  • Tom Bergeron, who is aware of his French Canadian roots on his paternal side, but wants to know what brought his ancestors to North America. He goes as far back as his 10x great grandmother to find the answer.
  • Bryan Cranston, who comes to discover an unfortunate pattern amongst the men in his family.
  • Ginnifer Goodwin, who sets out to learn about her mysterious paternal great grandparents, whom her father, regretfully, does not know much about either.
  • Alfre Woodard, who strives to find out more about the paternal side of her family, and explores how her surname came to be.

“Finding Your Roots” on PBS Postponed

The “Finding Your Roots” television program hosted on PBS by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has been postponed after a controversy involving guest Ben Affleck.

In April, a leaked Sony Pictures email published on WikiLeaks revealed the “Gone Girl” actor had asked the show’s host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. not to mention the fact that his distant relative owned slaves. Gates apparently agreed. After a lot of publicity about the leaked email, Sony boss Michael Lynton issued a statement that the series’ producers chose to focus on other parts of Affleck’s family history, but the actor later admitted he urged producers to exclude the story because he was “embarrassed” by the revelation.

Who Do You Think You Are? (U.K. Version) Guest Celebrities Announced

The popular genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? returns to BBC One this summer for a 12th series, with ten new celebs announced to take part.

The celebrities in the new series will include:

Video: Who Do They Think They Are? – A Lighthearted Look at Today’s Genealogy Searches

A hilarious Aussie spoof of Who Do You Think You Are? has become popular on YouTube. Created by The Checkout, an Australian television program, Who Do They Think They Are? pokes fun at the Who Do You Think You Are? television program, at, the Mormon Church, DNA, and even a quick jab at trying to find genealogy information on Google. It also delivers a serious message about the proper methods of searching one’s family tree.

Latest Version of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring Melissa Etheridge is now Available on iTunes

If you missed last night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring Melissa Etheridge (as I did), you can now retrieve the episode from iTunes for $2.99. Last night’s episode is the final one for this season.

Previous episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? are also available. A Season Pass to all of this year’s episodes costs $14.99.

To view the episodes, launch the iTunes Software on your Windows, Macintosh, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch device and search for “Who Do You Think You Are?”

I will be watching the latest episode later today as I was riding on an airplane when it was broadcast yesterday on TLC.


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