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Another genealogy TV series is coming to PBS. And this one might
satisfy those of you looking for prime time stories about the
ancestors of ordinary Americans (as opposed to the public figures
whose family trees have been fodder for “Who Do You Think You Are?”
and “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”).
Genealogy Roadshow, premeiring nationally this fall, according to an announcement
from PBS and Nashville Public Television, will ”
combine history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans.”
“After participants are chosen, genealogy, history and DNA experts will use family
heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more
information. These experts will enlist the help of local historians to add color and
context to the investigations, ensuring every artifact and every name becomes a clue
in solving the mystery.”
The first season will feature participants from four cities:
Nashville, Tenn.; Austin, Texas; San Francisco; and Detroit.
Genealogy Roadshow is being produced by Krasnow Productions, and is based on a same-name
show in Ireland produced by Big Mountain Productions.