The new genealogy series Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr. premieres on PBS March 25.
Gates, a Harvard history professor who’s hosted previous genealogy shows for PBS including African-American Lives and Faces of America, will explore the roots of 24 well-known Americans including Harry Connick Jr., Barbara Walters, Kevin Bacon, Condoleezza Rice, Sanjay Gupta and Martha Stewart.
Here’s the twist that makes this show different: Each episode will feature a pair of celebrities “bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden link.” DNA testing takes over where paper trails leave off.
The staff of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and Johni Cerny, co-author of The Source: Guidebook for American Genealogy, contributed research to the series.
You can watch several clips on the show’s website, including this extended preview: