Video & Television

Genealogy Documentary ‘Railroad Ties’

A genealogy documentary is available online.

In Railroad Ties, six descendants of slaves and abolitionists come together to explore their shared lineage (spoiler: four of them turned out to be related to one another.)

The video is sponsored by and features renowned historian, Henry Louis Gates Jr. The film interweaves powerful personal moments with contextual historical anecdotes.

You can watch the documentary on YouTube at or in the video below.

The Story Behind the German Jewish War Hero Honored on Both Sides of the Atlantic, Decades Apart

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. A beautiful story is featured today on CNN, made possible thanks to the dedicated efforts of the MyHeritage Research Team.

According to the MyHeritage Research Team:

“An iconic 1933 photo of Jewish shopkeeper Richard Stern standing defiantly outside his shop in Cologne, Germany, sparked the interest of our Research team, who noticed the Iron Cross on his lapel as a Nazi soldier [Correction: He is a brown shirt: a member of Hitler’s Nazi party] stands guard a few feet away. Using MyHeritage family trees and SuperSearch™, our researchers traced Stern’s incredible personal story from that day in Cologne and across the Atlantic Ocean. What they revealed was an inspiring story of hope and determination starring a real-life hero.”

You can read the article by CNN reporter Lianne Kolirin at:

Danish Reality TV Show Seeks Americans of Danish Ancestry

American residents of Danish ancestry might be interested in learning that a Danish Reality TV show is conducting a nationwide casting call for people just like them.

The O’Connor Casting Company is seeking future cast members for the Great Danish Adventure, described as “an exciting Danish Reality TV series featuring Americans with Danish ancestry who fly to Denmark to compete in fun and adventurous challenges while learning about their heritage.”

From the announcement:

Synopsis: 2020 is here and maybe it’s time you gave yourself a life changing opportunity with the chance to meet long lost relatives and win a cash prize of $10,000.00.

Dr. Phil Learns More About His Family’s Roots with MyHeritage

From the MyHeritage Blog:

We just visited the set of television personality Dr. Phil to share with him unknown information about his family’s past. Dr. Phil was amazed and fascinated with what we were able to uncover about his family history, including never-before-seen photos and records.

Dr. Phil began his journey with MyHeritage roughly a year ago when he took a MyHeritage DNA test and discovered previously unknown details about his family history. We even presented his wife, Robin McGraw, with some amazing family history information. Among other things, she learned that working in the beauty industry runs in her family.

Ant and Dec’s DNA Journey is Coming Soon to ITV

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are two British Academy of Film and Television Arts award winning TV presenters who are taking part in a new programme called Ant and Dec’s DNA Journey. The show will focus on using DNA to aid in researching the family tree of each TV presenter. They will be are joined by genealogists and historians as they follow their maternal and paternal bloodlines into the past.

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly

Of the two, one will discover that their great-grandfather was a celebrated war hero while the other will find out that their cousin is a former US female wrestling promoter. The stories of Ant and Dec’s ancestors will be peppered with the duo’s trademark warm sense of humour, as the documentary treats viewers to a rare and personal glimpse into their remarkable friendship and close bond.

“A New Leaf”, A new Television Series by Ancestry® to debut on NBC this Fall

From the Blog:

“Set your DVRs and mark your calendars — we have a new television show debuting on NBC!

“We heard your feedback: You love “Who Do You Think You Are?” – but also want to see everyday people embark on journeys of personal discovery too. So, we bring you – “A New Leaf”!

“Each week ‘A New Leaf’ will follow people on the cusp of key life inflection points, who using family history, genealogy, and sometimes AncestryDNA® analysis will go on a journey of self-discovery and learn from the past while looking to the future. In partnership with Ancestry, Fuentes will join families as they learn the importance of appreciating and understanding their family history and ancestors in order to make important life decisions.”

You can read more in the Blog at:

MyHeritage LIVE 2019 Lectures Are Now Online

The second annual user conference, MyHeritage LIVE 2019 in Amsterdam, was a huge success with attendees from 30 countries around the world plus thousands more who attended virtually by watching live videos on the internet of many of the presentations as they happened. Many of the lectures from the conference were recorded and are now available online.

The sessions, presented by world-renowned experts and valued MyHeritage staff, are now available on MyHeritage Education. If you missed the conference or the live stream, now’s your chance to take advantage of these fantastic recordings for free.

You can learn more in the MyHeritage Blog at That article also has links to all of the available video presentations that are now available online in MyHeritage Education.

In addition, click here or click in the video player below to view a fun recap video featuring some highlights from the conference.

The Missing Piece, the MyHeritage Original Documentary that had its World Premiere this Past Weekend at the MyHeritage Live in Amsterdam is now Available to Watch Online

The Missing Piece is a powerful and inspiring film about hope and discovery. I wrote about it in this newsletter last week and you can read my article at: tells the incredible story of two sisters, both abandoned as children, overcoming insurmountable odds to discover who they are and where they come from. It’s also a moving testament to the meaningful discoveries being made every day through MyHeritage.

Here are the Mayflower 400th Anniversary Events that can be Streamed Live and How You Can Watch Them

Most of the television stations listed here are in the Boston, Massachusetts area although some of them are simply broadcasting network shows that will be available nationwide. From an article by Christopher Gavin in the web site:

The 400th anniversary of the Mayflower arriving on the shores of Massachusetts isn’t until next year, but the anticipation has already begun.

Dozens of events around the world and right here in the Bay State are lined up to mark the historic occasion, including a special appearance of the Mayflower II in Boston Harbor next May.

Don’t want to miss any of the action?

MyHeritage Live Update

We are just a couple of days away from the MyHeritage users conference in Amsterdam. Today, MyHeritage announced that the company will live stream the genealogy and DNA lecture tracks online throughout the conference. Yes, you can attend “in absentia” without leaving home.

The following message was written by MyHeritage:

The live stream will be available on the MyHeritage LIVE website and on the MyHeritage Facebook page, so please tune in from 9:00 a.m. Amsterdam time on September 7th. If you need help calculating the time difference to your local time zone, you can use
Make sure to visit the conference website to see the full schedule.

Best regards,
The MyHeritage LIVE team

Footage With Authentic Audio From 1928 England

Old black-and-white movies from the 1920s are not that rare. However, almost all of them are silent movies. A recently discovered 90-year-old movie with matching audio recorded in real time? That’s truly special.

You can see a bit of life in England in the nearly 48-minute movie filmed in 1928 at or click on the video above.

MyHeritage Returns to the Dr. Phil Show

Recently, Dr. Phil discovered some fascinating information regarding his family history. Now with the help of MyHeritage, his wife, Robin McGraw, is about to do the same.

“I can’t wait. I’m so excited,” says Robin.

“MyHeritage is the leading global service for family history, with over 100 million users worldwide,” says MyHeritage consultant Yvette Corporon, adding that the service empowers users to discover, preserve, and share their family histories.

Tracing Robin’s lineage back seven generations, the researchers at MyHeritage discovered a very long line of military service, including her 5x great-grandfather, James Edwin Jones, who served in the Revolutionary War.

Next Season of the UK Version of “Who Do You Think You Are ” Announcement

Who Do You Think You Are has become one of the most beloved shows the BBC has created in recent years. It is a show all about genealogy, history, and getting a look in on celebrities’ lives.

The new season will include appearances and studies of the ancestry of Harry Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe, Naomie Harris, Kate Winslet, Jack and Michael Whitehall, Mark Wright, Sharon Osbourne, Paul Merton, and Katherine Ryan.

Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood left out of Who Do You Think You Are? because his Family History is “Too Complex”

Ronnie Wood is an English rock musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, artist, author and radio personality best known as a member of The Rolling Stones since 1975. He was scheduled to be a celebrity guest on the U.K. version of Who Do You Think You Are? The show’s professional genealogists researched his ancestry and found a lot of information about his ancestors. There was but one problem,: they found too much information to fit into a one-hour program!

It seems that Ronald Wood has a huge family tree made up of gypsies, most of whom lived on canal barges.

A representative of Who Do You Think You Are? stated, “With Ronnie’s colourful relatives – who can be traced back over 300 years – there was too much to be able to work through in time for this year’s series.”

The U.S. Version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” will Return, this Time on NBC

The following is a press release from NBC:

Hit Documentary Series Produced by Ancestry(R) and Shed Media Returns with All New Episodes

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 6, 2019 – The Emmy Award-winning documentary series “Who Do You Think You Are?” returns to celebrate all new journeys of self-discovery, connection and diversity on NBC with 13 episodes. A new group of celebrities will celebrate culture and set sail on their mission to connect with their personal history.

From executive producers Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky and Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, the series returns to NBC at a time when ancestral and genealogical exploration is enjoying unprecedented popularity. Cutting-edge research tools and billions of digitized records from Ancestry will provide remarkable insights into the star’s background and illustrate the cultural mosaic that connects us all together.

MyHeritage Helps Robin McGraw Discover Her Family History on Today’s Episode of Dr. Phil

Here is an announcement from MyHeritage:

Dr. Phil welcomed MyHeritage consultant Yvette Corporon to his show to reveal previously unknown details about his wife Robin’s family history.

MyHeritage scoured our genealogical records, and built a family tree for Robin going back seven generations. The earliest ancestor we could trace was James Edwin Jones, Jr., born in 1763 in North Carolina and served in the Revolutionary War. Other branches of the family are from Indiana — six generations — and Virginia — five generations. Many of her ancestors were farmers, but others worked in an assortment of trades: a retail merchant, an auto mechanic, a cook, a doctor, and a nurse.

MyHeritage was Featured in a Unique Family History Tribute on the Steve Harvey Show

In honor of Black History Month, MyHeritage partnered with Steve Harvey to uncover and share the little known, yet inspiring legacy of musician and composer James Reese Europe. Through MyHeritage’s 9.5 billion historical records and a few family details, the company was able to reconstruct the life story and family tree of a musical legend who made an indelible impact on African American music while bravely serving his country in World War I.

Steve Harvey welcomed Europe’s great-grandson, Rob, and spoke with him about his great-grandfather’s legacy and how it’s influenced his life.

You can watch video of the episode in the player below or at:

PBS’ ‘Finding Your Roots’ Announces Political Leaders to be Future Celebrity Guests

Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., hopes this season of his popular PBS television series “Finding Your Roots” helps a divided U.S. see how all Americans have unique family links and how those family histories tell the story of the country.

Now in its fifth season, the series takes advantage of new advancements in genealogy and genetics to look into the history of American celebrities. In upcoming episodes Gates and his team investigate the pasts of diverse subjects like former U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and “Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin.

Jamie Theakston DROPPED from the UK Version of Who Do You Think You Are because of his Family’s “Boring Past”

The popular Who Do You Think You Are? television program is a big hit in several countries. Each country’s version of the program features local celebrities as the guest on each week’s episode. The program consistently reveals amazing details about each celebrity’s family history.

Well, not always. For every famous person with an amazing story hidden in their family tree, there are plenty more with histories that are just… dull.

The BBC’s version of the genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? had planned to feature English television presenter, producer, and actor Jamie Theakston be the guest on one week’s episode. However, the show’s genealogy team couldn’t find anything interesting about his family.

You can read the details in an article by Michael Moran in The Mirror web site at:

Regina King’s Appearance on the U.S. Version of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Regina King is an American actress and television director. She also was this week’s celebrity guest on the U.S. Version of Who Do You Think You Are?

In this episode, Regina learned about her 2x great-grandfather, Moses Crosby and the hardship[s and triumphs of his life as a black man in Alabama shortly after the end of the U.S. Civil War. Regina learned her ancestor had been placed on the Ku Klux Klan’s “Black List.”

You can read much more about this week’s episode in the Ancestry Blog at: (Ancestry is one of the sponsors of Who Do You Think You Are?)

If you missed last night’s episode when it was broadcast, you can view it at any time on the TLC web site at: