Here’s some good news: We have official word that “Genealogy Roadshow” is coming back to PBS for a second season. It’ll premiere in winter 2015 with season one experts D. Joshua Taylor and Kenyatta Berry, plus Mary Tedesco, founder of the Origins Italy research firm.
If you didn’t see “Genealogy Roadshow” last year, it applies the idea behind “Antiques Roadshow” to genealogy: An audiences line up outside a local historic venue, and a lucky few get to share a family mystery with the show’s experts. The expert uses family heirlooms, documents, photos and online research to investigate the truth behind the family story.
This season will feature participants and stories from three American regions: St. Louis, New Orleans and Philadelphia. Here’s the “Genealogy Roadshow” website where you can apply to participate at each site.
Looks like there’ll be a genealogy fair around filming at each site, too: The producers also are looking for genealogy societies, vendors and research firms to exhibit their products and services at the events. Tables and exhibit space are free. Dates (all Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) are:
- St. Louis: Aug. 23 and 24
- New Orleans: Sept. 6 and 7
- Philadelphia: Sept. 13 and 14
The announcement instructs interested “Genealogy Roadshow” filming event exhibitors to contact a Lisa Hope.