TLC’s “Long Lost Family” Season 3 Premieres on Sunday, April 8

“Long Lost Family” is an American documentary television series. The show helps provide aid to individuals looking to be reunited with long-lost biological family members. The series has been renewed for a third season that is set to premiere on April 8, 2018.

The show is produced by Shed Media, the same company that produces the American version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” The series is co-sponsored by, which provides family history research and DNA testing to help make discoveries possible. The television series is based on the original British program that began airing in 2011 and has so far distributed 7 seasons. An Australian version was broadcast for one season but then was canceled.

Quoting from TLC’s web site:

“Long Lost Family features the highly emotional and touching stories of people who have suffered a lifetime of separation and are yearning to be reunited with their birth parents or biological families.

Hosts Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner are both adoptees who have embarked on their own journeys to discover their biological families. Each episode follows the hosts as they investigate the stories of two individuals or families who have longed to resolve their lifelong searches.

‘Over the course of the series, we meet sisters desperate to trace their father who suddenly and mysteriously abandoned them when they were just 4 and 5 years old; a mother who as a teenager was pressured to relinquish her baby and has never recovered from the trauma; and a woman whose life was turned upside down when she suddenly discovered the man who raised her wasn’t actually her father.

‘The stakes are high: a successful investigation offers the promise of not just a heartwarming reunion but also a chance of redemption for people who have wrestled with emotional agony for years.

‘There is no simple path to find the missing loved ones. With tightly held family secrets in their way, the searchers have odds stacked against them. Lisa and Chris conduct painstaking searches through public records and utilize the latest DNA technology in their hunt for answers. But what they discover, and who they find, is anything but expected.”

You can learn more about “Long Lost Family” at

Check your local television listings for the time that the TLC network will broadcast “Long Lost Family” in your area on April 8.


Do you have any idea when the next season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” will air? Thanks…


Both of these programs take a great idea and turn the idea in to an hour long advertisement for Neither show really good, accurate, or obtainable methodology for genealogy purposes, and “Long Lost Families” is loaded with, shall we say, inaccuracies. How many of you have ever tried to get the information on someone who is either hunting for “long lost” or is trying to use dNA matches to find a relative, gone to to ask for assistance only to be told in so many words….”that’s above my pay grade”….but, but…you just saw the SAME type of information given thru them to one of the persons on one of these shows….

Oh…and how about the time some “star” was searching for his ancestry, found the ancestor had been a Hessian soldier for hire, and the Sons of the American Revolution granted him membership…oh, yes…


I don’t understand the bitterness of the previous post. Using Ancestry DNA matching and my tree, I have found two wonderful cousins that were adopted and looking for birth families. One was a 40 year old woman and her birth father did not even know of her existence. The other was a 73 year old doctor who finally decided to search for his heritage. Although the only living member of his immediate birth family was a half sister,he was very happy to find his cousins and identify his father who was a doctor and his grandparents who were both doctors and his great grandfather who was a veterinarian. Before DNA use became so prevalent, I was able to stumble onto my father’s first marriage and find my 83 year old half-brother just through the Ancestry databases. Neither my mother nor I even knew about the marriage or the existence of my brother. This has been a real blessing for both of us. I am currently helping a friend use DNA and her tree to try to locate her husband’s birth parents in Canada. The TV show is a little sappy, but the results are great.


I always find comments on these shows interesting and somewhat frustrating. They are NOT supposed to be instructional. Even if they wanted to, they could not possibly put all the “how to” search details in a 40 minute show (or whatever it is nowadays – 60 min minus commercial & network breaks) and I view these shows as strictly entertainment, and yes especially Long Lost Family, can be a bit overdone at times. They are vehicles for advertising – just like the Super Bowl is a wonderful vehicle for beer and car Ads (which I ignore or mute). Lighten up people.


I didn’t hear about this new season in time to watch on Sunday night. I have gone to the website and to youtube and can’t figure out how to watch past episodes. Help, please.


More accurately, I should say I couldn’t figure out how to watch shows from this season. I did see past seasons.


I’m wondering is Long Lost Family is still going to be available. I saw the premier on April 8, 2018 and there were several shows after this. Now it no longer appears to be on the schedule and I’m wondering if it’s been cancelled.


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