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Finding Your Roots

From Butterflies to Beetles


Maggie Gyllenhaal learns about the genesis of the Gyllenhaal name and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. corrects a long-standing story in Maggie Gyllenhaal's family about an ancestor who supposedly collected butterflies.

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War Stories

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Discover the risk-taking ancestors of Richard Branson, Maya Lin and Frank Gehry.


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Tragedy + Time = Comedy

Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Bill Hader discover their ancestry in Finding Your Roots.


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In Search of Freedom

Learn about the ancestors of Maya Rudolph, Shonda Rhimes and Keenen Ivory Wayans.


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Decoding Our Past Through DNA Promo

Secrets encoded in their genomes challenge guests’ ideas about their family histories.


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Jessica Alba's Mexican Roots

Jessica Alba learns more about her Mexican-American family's immigration experience.


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David Sedaris' Patriot Ancestor

David Sedaris discovers his maternal 4th Great-Grandfather, a Revolutionary War soldier.


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Tracing Tina Fey's Paternal Line

Tina Fey discovers her 5th Great-Grandfather, once an esteemed guest of Ben Franklin.


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Family Reunions: LL Cool J

LL Cool J is united with some of his biological relatives on Finding Your Roots.


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Family Reunions: Sean Combs

Sean Combs learns that his great-great grandfather, whose father was free, was a slave.


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LL Cool J in Family Reunions

Watch LL Cool J discover his great-great-grandparents were free on Finding Your Roots.


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