Look for another outbreak of "roots mania" to sweep the nation this spring.
Look for another outbreak of "roots mania" to sweep the nation this spring. Public television, which helped spark the current genealogy boom with its "Ancestors" series in 1997, will be airing an 11-episode sequel in April. But this time, the series will go far beyond just TV.
The original "Ancestors," produced by KBYU-TV in Salt Lake City, broke records for the number of PBS stations carrying a program or series.
"The feedback was positive," says Marcy Brown, producer of the first series and executive producer of "Ancestors II," adding, "One thing that came out of it was that people wanted more instruction, and we did that this time around."