For those of you who like to watch genealogy revealed on television, three series of shows will be coming your way over the next few months.
Who Do You Think You Are?
First out of the chute is season 6 of the US version of Who Do You Think You Are?
I know that many of you have difficulty viewing this on The Learning Channel (TLC). However, this series kicks off the 2014-15 viewing season on July 23 at 9 PM Eastern time. I did a small sliver of research for one of the episodes; but I don't know if it was even filmed -- let along avoided the cutting room floor. Deadline.com has reported that 10 episodes were ordered by TLC.
I am hoping that some segments will use DNA research this year. Last season I was surprised that there were no such episodes even though Ancestry.com, one of the major US DNA testing companies was a principal sponsor.
Finding Your Roots
Next up will be Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. It is set to begin on public television on September 23rd. Anderson Cooper, Valerie Jarrett, Ben Affleck, Billie Jean King, Anthony Bourdain, Deepak Chopra, Tina Fey, Alan Dershowitz, and Jessica Alba are among those who have been identified as featured guests.
This series has been in production for many months. DNA results as well as traditional documentary research has been included. CeCe Moore is the DNA consultant for the series.
The Genealogy Roadshow will be returning to public television in Spring 2015.
I'm not sure how many shows will be included. Filming will be underway this fall at different cities around the country. Those of you who are familiar with this series will recall that it deals with the family histories of non-celebrity "common folks". Casting calls have already gone out in New Orleans and Philadelphia.