I learned a little more about PBS’ upcoming Genealogy Roadshow series while at the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Conference last week.
The show, slated to air Mondays from 9 to 10 p.m. ET starting Sept. 23 (my husband’ll have to find someplace else to watch Monday night football), will combine history and science to uncover the roots of everyday Americans. This season’s participants come from four cities: Nashville, Tenn.; Austin, Texas; Detroit; and San Francisco.
Genealogy experts will explore unverified family history claims about connections to a famous event or historical figure (sounds to me like a genealogical version of “History Detectives“) by using family heirlooms, records, DNA and local historians.
The experts will reveal many of the answers they discover in front of a live audience in a location relevant to the participant’s family history.
Here’s a teaser:
“Genealogy Roadshow” hosts are Kenyatta D. Berry, a professional genealogist and president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and D. Joshua Taylor, whom you’ve seen on “Who Do You Think You Are?” and who serves as lead genealogist at findmypast.com.
(Both have also appeared in the pages of Family Tree Magazine and been interviewed in our “Five Questions” column. Coincidence?)
“Genealogy Roadshow” is based on an Irish series of the same name.