Video & Television

Who Do You Think You Are? to return to BBC One

WhodoyouthinkyouarelogoThe genealogy show, Who Do You Think You Are?, will return to BBC One screens this autumn for its thirteenth series. EastEnders actor Danny Dyer, Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden, star of film and stage Sir Ian McKellen, news presenter Sophie Raworth, The Royle Family actor Ricky Tomlinson, Star Wars and Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis, presenter Liz Bonnin, actor and comedian Greg Davies, actress Sunetra Sarker and popstar Cheryl all discover their past in this year’s series.

You can read the details in the ATV Today web site at http://www.atvtoday.co.uk/82246-bbc/.

TLC Renews Who Do You Think You Are? and Long Lost Family for Additional Seasons

The following announcement was written by the folks at TLC:

TLC announced today that the network has ordered additional seasons of the fan favorite series WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? and freshman series LONG LOST FAMILY. The most recent seasons of both series averaged over 1.8M P2+ viewers.

Executive Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, the two time Emmy-nominated WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? follows some of today’s most beloved and iconic celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of self-discovery to trace their family trees. The most recent seasons have featured Bryan Cranston, who uncovered an ancestor’s heroic dedication during the Civil War, and Molly Ringwald, who learned about the dangerous conditions her coal-mining ancestors endured.

The Two-Hour Season Finale This Week on Who Do You Think You Are?

The US version of Who Do You Think You Are? this Sunday will be the finale of the current season. TLC will be airing two new episodes back-to-back: Chris Noth at 8pm Eastern/7pm Central and Lea Michele at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central time

Chris Noth sitting with John Russick.

Chris Noth sitting with John Russick.

Actor Chris Noth tracks down family torn apart by a devastating disaster. He follows his relative’s trail from Spain to Ireland, and finds a man who endured harsh oppression, but rose up to fight in one of the fiercest battles of all time and became a war hero. See http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/videos/chris-noth.

Preserve Family Recipes Via Video

Here’s an idea. Preserve family recipes by taking videos of the family member who makes it the best. Perhaps that person is you.

Ann-Terese Barket, aka The Food Archivist, thinks the perfect gift just might be a two-inch flash drive containing the video. Make lots of copies and distribute them as gifts. The videos do not need to be professional Hollywood productions. Your family members will probably appreciate watching the family expert “as is.”

Barket documents family recipes via videos and transcripts so they may be easily shared with relatives and friends. She officially started her business after realizing how important recipes were in maintaining the cherished culinary memories of her own family.

PBS’ “Genealogy Roadshow” Season 3 Premieres May 17

The following announcement was written by the folks at PBS:

ARLINGTON, VA; APRIL 19, 2016 – From possible links to the accused in the Salem Witch Trials to heroes of the Wild West, PBS’ GENEALOGY ROADSHOW uncovers more family secrets in the series’ third season, which premieres Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. ET and airs Tuesdays through June 28 (check local listings). Part detective story, part emotional journey, GENEALOGY ROADSHOW combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans this season in and around Albuquerque, Miami, Houston, Boston, Providence and Los Angeles. Each story links to the larger regional (and often, national) history, to become part of America’s rich cultural tapestry. See a season three clip here.

PBS_Genealogy_RoadshowGENEALOGY ROADSHOW’s professional genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco are matched with everyday people whose unique family claims are explored in each episode. Among this season’s mysteries: A man seeks to find out if he is descended from Boston’s key founders; a woman explores connections to an ancestor’s participation in the Manhattan Project; a couple hopes to recover the true story of their family pharmacy during Hollywood’s Golden Age; and a woman learns of her family’s involvement in the Trail of Tears.

TLC Announces Celebrity Contributors for the Spring Season of Who Do You Think You Are?

The new season for the US version of Who Do You Think You Are? will start this Sunday, April 3, at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central Time. The series’ producers have now released a list of all the guest celebrities to be featured in the new series:

WDYTYAThe two-time Emmy nominated series WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? returns this spring to follow more of today’s most beloved and iconic celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of self-discovery to trace their family trees. The series continues to deliver unbelievable stories from crucial moments in history, including a number of firsts for the series, such as a male witch hunt, and traveling to Portugal, Sweden and Ellis Island. Executive Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, the new season premieres Sunday, April 3 at 9/8c.

The contributors featured in the upcoming season include:

New Documentary Aims to Discover Truth about Coventry, England, Families and DNA

If your ancestors came from Coventry, England, you will be interested in a new Channel 4 documentary that is seeking residents from the city and surrounding region.

The new show – which is based on DNA and families – aims to speak with people who have a range of stories, with the motives for a DNA test explored throughout a series of heart-wrenching episodes. Producers of the forthcoming show – which builds on the success of series like Who Do You Think You Are? on the BBC – are promising to help those involved piece together who they truly are.

With extensive researchers, and the help of the best DNA testing, you can expect to full understand the truth behind your relationships with others. If you are interested in appearing, contact DNA@sugarfilms.co.uk to find out more.

TLC Announces Celebrity Contributors for Spring Season of Who Do You Think You Are?

The following announcement was written by the folks who produce the U.S. version of Who Do You Think You Are?

New season premieres Sunday, April 3 at 9/8c

The two-time Emmy nominated series WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? returns this spring to follow more of today’s most beloved and iconic celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of self-discovery to trace their family trees. The series continues to deliver unbelievable stories from crucial moments in history, including a number of firsts for the series, such as a male witch hunt, and traveling to Portugal, Sweden and Ellis Island. Executive Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, the new season premieres Sunday, April 3 at 9/8c.

The contributors featured in the upcoming season include:

BYUtv to Debut Series Premiere of “Relative Race,” First Family History-Based Reality Competition Program

I am not sure what a “Family History-Based Reality Competition Program” is but BYUtv apparently has one. The following announcement was written by BYUtv:

RelativeRacePROVO, Utah, Feb. 17, 2016 — In an expansion of its innovative programming and unique series lineup, BYUtv will debut its all-new original, unscripted competition reality show, Relative Race, on Sunday, February 28 at 8pm ET/6pm MT. Relative Race follows four married couples on a 10-day journey across the country as they complete challenges, meet unknown relatives traced through DNA and compete for a $25,000 grand prize. Driven by the science and technology of AncestryDNA, the reality series takes viewers alongside the teams as they test their emotional and physical endurance while simultaneously discovering more about themselves and establishing connections with family they didn’t know they had.

Armed with only paper maps, rental cars, burner flip phones and a $25 per diem, the couples receive instructions via text message to complete challenges that lead them to their long lost relatives. The last team to finish each day receives a strike, and after three strikes, teams are eliminated. Relative Race will culminate in a dramatic finale, as all remaining couples race 4,500 miles from San Francisco to the finish in New York City.

Chris Noth to trace his Irish Roots on “Who Do You Think You Are?”

ChrisNothSex and the City Star Chris Noth headed to County Cavan last week to trace his Irish roots. Noth discovered that his great-grandfather was from Cavan, and left home for Canada around 1840. Grandpa’s surname was Maguire, and he was originally from Knockbride. Noth visited the Cavan Library to do some research.

Noth’s trip will appear later this year on the U.S. version of Who Do You Think You Are?

Long Lost Family on TLC to be Sponsored by Ancestry.com

The following announcement was written by the folks at Ancestry.com:

REGRET, LOSS AND REDEMPTION ON TLC’S DOCU-SERIES LONG LOST FAMILY

The eight-episode docuseries premieres Sunday, March 6, 2016

Los Angeles, CA – 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 birthparents and biological families or find children they had to place for adoption long ago. Either because of circumstance or fate, they’ve barely – if ever – met. The TLC series premieres Sunday, March 6 at 10/9c.

‘Genealogy Roadshow’ to be Videotaped in Los Angeles on January 16

This is short notice but I just received the announcement a few minutes ago. Local residents and workers will receive an opportunity this week to be audience members when the PBS show “Genealogy Roadshow” stops at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

On Saturday, Jan. 16, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., producers of the show will be at Union Station and Angelenos can watch as mysteries and personal histories are revealed. According to a press release, season three of the program “will feature Southern California residents who have (or believe they have) interesting significant family stories.” Historical and genealogical societies will be on hand at the station for people looking to explore their family history. Lineups begin at 8:30 a.m. Union Station is at 800 N. Alameda St.

MyHeritage Was Featured Last Night on a very Popular Israeli TV Show called HaTsinor

An Israeli television program gave a lot of information about how MyHeritage’s worldwide customers discover their family history. It also showed how the company helped facilitate a very special reunion on the Greek Island of Ereikoussa, between the Islanders who hid a Jewish family in WWII, and the descendants of that family.

Note: MyHeritage is also the sponsor of this newsletter.

The piece also showed clips of Instant Discoveries™, filmed on the streets of Israel. Within seconds, passersby found ancestors, relatives, new information and photos.

Finding Your Roots on PBS to Air on Tuesday

FindingYourRootsFinding Your Roots with Professor Henry L. Gates will start its third season on PBS this week on Tuesday, January 5. Gates’s lineup this season will include the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Shonda Rhimes, Jimmy Kimmel, Dustin Hoffman, Mia Farrow, Julianne Moore, Norman Lear, Senator John McCain, LL Cool J, Puffy Combs, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Gloria Steinem.

Check your local TV listings for the date and time that the new series will be broadcast on your local PBS station.

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 http://www.loc.gov/preservation 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:

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