Video & Television

The Truth about Christopher Columbus and His “Discoveries”

Alternative Title: Columbus was Really Bad at Math

Almost all the “facts” you learned in school about Christopher Columbus are wrong! Amongst other things, Columbus never proved that the earth is round and he never set foot in what is now North America. A YouTube video below and also available at https://youtu.be/3MJoKhO9G1g sets the record straight.

PBS’ Finding Your Roots Returns October 3

Reminder: the new season of PBS’ hit show, Finding Your Roots, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., premieres on Tuesday, October 3 at 8/7c.

As in past years, the new season will include well known comedians, journalists, and A-list celebrities as guests on each episode. The guests in the first episode of the season include Larry David and Bernie Sanders. These two guests are linked by one hilarious impersonation. The show will trace their roots from 1940s Brooklyn back to Jewish communities in Europe.

‘South Park’ to Make Fun of Genealogy DNA Web Sites

The animated television series South Park is taking a shot at white people who feel they are oppressed by an overly politically correct society.

In a preview for Wednesday’s episode “Holiday Special,” Randy watches a commercial for a web site that claims to help Caucasians identity their genealogy, DNA and Me, which leads them to feel oppressed once they discover a small percentage of minority ancestry.

The announcer on the DNA and Me commercial goes on to say, “Order now and find out if your friends should be more sympathetic towards you.”

GenealogyMagazine.com Launches a YouTube Series Offering Advice and Tips for the Family Historian

The following announcement was written by James Pylant, owner of GenealogyMagazine.com:

GenealogyMagazine is the name of a new YouTube series offering advice and tips for the family historian. Hosted by James Pylant, an award-winning true-crime writer, authorized celebrity biographer, and professional genealogist, each five-minute episode offers tips and “how-to” examples for genealogical research.

The first episode, “County Courthouse Research,” is now available at YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/countycourthouse

Upcoming episodes include “Family Bible Records,” “Diaries and Journals,” “Longevity Lies,” “Misidentified Family Pictures,” and “Handwriting Analysis.”

TLC Renews Who Do You Think You Are? for New Season Premiering Spring 2018

The following announcement was written by the folks at TLC:

TLC has renewed three-time Emmy nominated series Who Do You Think You Are? for a new season, premiering in spring 2018. Executive Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, the series follows some of the most beloved and iconic celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of self-discovery by tracing their own family trees. Throughout this experience they learn the truth about old family secrets, discover shocking revelations and ultimately, make unbelievable connections with the lives of their ancestors. The series is currently nominated for an Emmy Award for Structured Reality Program, its 3rd nomination in this category and 4th overall. Last year Who Do You Think You Are? won an Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for a Reality Program.

New Season of PBS Genealogy Program, “Finding Your Roots” Starts October 3

Genealogists in the United States will want to mark their calendars for October 3, 2017. That will be the date of the first episode of the new season of Finding Your Roots With Henry Gates, Jr.

The 10-part series traces the ancestry of influential people from a variety of backgrounds and careers. The program focuses on the melting pot of cultures that has shaped the history of the United States, especially focusing on the various ethnic groups that live within our country. Most episodes explore the ancestry of three guests.

Celebrities who will learn about their ancestors in this season’s episodes include: Ana Navarro, US Senator Bernie Sanders, Larry David, Garrison Keillor, Mary Steenburgen, Scarlett Johansson, Ted Danson, Aziz Ansari, Bryant Gumbel, William H. Macy, and others

PBS to Renew “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.”

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has announced its fall lineup of new television programs. Of interest to genealogists, “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” is returning Oct. 3. Celebrities who will learn about their ancestors include Scarlett Johansson, Aziz Ansari, Bryant Gumbel, and Garrison Keillor.

Ancestry’s new Video Featuring the Descendants of US Founding Fathers

As long as the Statue of Liberty still stands, so do the words, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Ancestry has created an online video featuring the American melting pot and the descendants of all those millions of immigrants. Who are these people, where do they come from?

In John Trumbull’s iconic “Declaration of Independence” painting, it spotlights one of the most significant moments in our country’s history with the original signers. Ancestry has recreated the scene with 29 living descendants of these historic figures, and the moment is captured in 60- and 30-second television spots (produced by Droga5). What you will see is a surprising and powerful look at how different America is today than in that historic moment captured in 1776 – showcasing a diverse group of descendants: men and women, Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, Filipino, Native American, Korean, among others. The campaign highlights how our individual and collective history is an important part of our country’s complex DNA and that we are all universally connected, sometimes in unexpected ways.

MyHeritage DNA is Again Featured on Fox & Friends

Yesterday I wrote (at http://bit.ly/2surTWg) about a segment on the popular U.S. news program Fox & Friends that featured family history research by means of combined DNA and online research techniques. Now the same news program is continuing its reporting today. This morning’s Fox & Friends about an amazing mother-daughter reunion, made possible thanks to MyHeritage DNA.

In today’s segment, you can see one of the show’s viewers who was so inspired by the hosts’ discoveries after taking the MyHeritage DNA test (aired on March 22nd and also available here), that she decided to take the test herself and was able to find her biological mother, whom she’s been searching for her whole life.

You can learn more about the latest story and watch the emotional reunion at:
http://bit.ly/2tSpx1r.

You can also purchase a MyHeritage DNA kit at http://bit.ly/2rE1Ida.

MyHeritage Featured on Fox & Friends

Genealogy obtains publicity on national television.

The Fox News popular morning show, Fox & Friends, featured a story today about MyHeritage DNA. In the piece, Janice Dean, one of the show’s hosts, was presented with her DNA ethnicity results that she got from MyHeritage, augmented by genealogy research the company also did for her which allowed her to learn new information about her family history. The results provided an overwhelming emotional experience for her, which you can view at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn90X7X8HTg&feature=youtu.be or in the video player above.

You can also purchase a MyHeritage DNA kit at http://bit.ly/2rE1Ida.

John Stamos to be Featured on the US Version of Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

On this Sunday’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? at 10/9c on TLC, actor John Stamos explores his Greek heritage for the first time and learns more about his grandfather’s sad childhood. He also meets a relative he never knew and hears firsthand about his family’s enduring strength. In a suiting coincidence and homage to John’s heritage, the episode premieres on Greek Easter, which is usually celebrated on a different date but this year coincides with the Western calendar’s Easter Sunday.

You can catch a sneak peek of the episode at: http://bit.ly/2nJRvOn

Smokey Robinson to be Featured on the U.S. Version of Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

On this Sunday’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? at 10/9c on TLC, Motown legend and icon Smokey Robinson dives into his late mother’s family history. He searches for answers behind the mystery of why his grandfather disappeared from his children’s lives, and finds a man tangled in a swirl of controversy. Then Smokey uncovers the story of his great-grandfather, and comes face to face with horrific history he knew was inevitable.


You can watch a sneak peek of the episode at: http://bit.ly/2p6iLTm.

Actress/Producer Jessica Biel on be Guest on US Version of Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

On this Sunday’s episode of the US version of Who Do You Think You Are? at 10/9c on TLC, actress Jessica Biel makes surprising discoveries that change what she thought knew about her heritage. She sets out to debunk several tales of family lore.

Catch a sneak peek of the episode at: http://bit.ly/2nF48su.

Next week’s episode follows Smokey Robinson.

Actor Noah Wyle to be Guest on U.S. Version of Who Do You Think You Are? on Sunday

On this Sunday’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? at 10/9c on TLC, actor Noah Wyle unravels the mystery of his mother’s family line, searching for answers to a lifelong question about his family’s participation in the Civil War. He discovers an ancestor who was catapulted into one of the bloodiest battles of the time, and whose life spiraled out of control from remarkable success to a shocking and tragic end.

You can catch a sneak peek of the episode at: http://bit.ly/2nbYjAE.

MyHeritage Genealogy and DNA Results Described on Fox News

Genealogy and especially using DNA in genealogy research received a lot of positive publicity on American television yesterday morning. The 3 hosts of the popular morning show, Fox & Friends, were presented with their DNA ethnicity results supplied by MyHeritage, augmented by genealogy research also performed by the company.

The three hosts’ experiences also may be seen in online videos that you can watch now:

Actress Jennifer Grey to Appear on Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

Jennifer Grey on Who Do You Think You Are?

On this Sunday’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? at 10/9c on TLC on US television, actress Jennifer Grey uncovers the truth about the emigrant grandfather she thought she knew, learning how he survived adversity to become a beacon of his community. Jennifer also uncovers the devastating tragedy that stopped her great-grandmother from ever making it to America.

Catch a sneak peek of the episode at: http://bit.ly/2mVgcoR.

Actress Julie Bowen on Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

On this Sunday’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? at 10/9c on TLC, actress Julie Bowen uncovers fascinating stories of her ancestors on both sides of her family, including her 3x paternal great-grandfather, Francis Julius LeMoyne. Julie learns that Francis was a highly sought after speaker and a radical abolitionist who risked his life and the lives of his family to help free fugitive slaves. Julie notices the parallels between the work of her ancestor with what’s going on in today’s world.


You can catch a sneak peek of the episode here:
https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/videos/first-look-at-julie-bowen

Courtney Cox to be Featured in the Season Opener of “Who Do You Think You Are?” (US Version)

On Sunday’s season seven premiere of Who Do You Think You Are?, Friends star Courtney Cox goes back to Europe to trace her maternal line, but what she learns is far more intriguing than she could have expected.

Cox will visit the same castle her 18 times great-grandfather lived in the Middle Ages and she inquires about a letter she had been told he had sent to the king saying his father had died.

You can watch the program on TLC television (on cable and satellite services) or, on the Internet, on truTV or on DIRECTV NOW or on PlayStation Vue.

CLARIFICATION: How To Watch Who Do You Think You Are Online Without Cable

The article entitled How To Watch Who Do You Think You Are Online Without Cable (at http://bit.ly/2mAne0j) refers to watching Who Do You Think You Are? on streaming video over the Internet, not to watching it on cable or satellite television.

truTV is the Internet television division of Turner Entertainment Networks, Inc., a Time-Warner company. All references to truTV in the How To Watch Who Do You Think You Are Online Without Cable article refer ONLY to watching television programming over Internet streaming video, not to watching it on cable or satellite television. truTV typically is available via Roku boxes, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and similar “set-top boxes” as well as on Windows and Macintosh computers and on iPad, Android, and similar tablet computers.

Who Do You Think You Are? is also being broadcast on the TLC network, which is available on most cable and satellite television services.

Again, as the article title of How To Watch Who Do You Think You Are Online Without Cable at http://bit.ly/2mAne0j refers ONLY to watching Who Do You Think You Are? on the Internet. For satellite or cable TV, look at TLC.

I have re-worded the original article in hopes of clarifying the differences.

How To Watch Who Do You Think You Are Online Without Cable

CLARIFICATION: The article entitled How To Watch Who Do You Think You Are Online Without Cable, (originally published yesterday and shown below) refers to watching Who Do You Think You Are? on streaming video over the Internet, not to watching it on cable or satellite television.

truTV is the Internet television division of Turner Entertainment Networks, Inc., a Time-Warner company. All references to truTV in the How To Watch Who Do You Think You Are Online Without Cable article refer ONLY to watching television programming over Internet streaming video, not to watching it on cable or satellite television. truTV typically is available via Internet-connected devices, such as Roku boxes, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and similar “set-top boxes” as well as on Windows and Macintosh computers and on iPad, Android, and similar tablet computers.

Who Do You Think You Are? is also being broadcast on the TLC network, which is available on most cable and satellite television services.

Again, as the article title of How To Watch Who Do You Think You Are Online Without Cable  refers ONLY to watching Who Do You Think You Are? on the Internet. To watch it on satellite or cable TV, look at TLC.

I have re-worded the original article (shown below) in hopes of clarifying the differences.