Season 2

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s Interactive Family Tree

Like so many of his fellow African-American guests, series host Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s has deep roots in the American South. Both his maternal and paternal lines have ties to Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, with many family members sharing surnames — so many, in fact, the sheer number of recorded ancestors split our […]

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Season Wrap-Up: Finally! DNA Takes Center Stage

by Finding Your Roots Genetic Genealogy Consultant, CeCe Moore There are so many things to say about last night’s final episode that it is difficult to know where to start, especially since this is also my last article of the series. I am proud that so much of my work was featured and appreciative that […]

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Tina Fey’s Interactive Family Tree

Tina Fey came to the nation’s attention as the head writer for Saturday Night Live — the first woman to ever hold that position. Growing up in the Greek enclave of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, Tina was drawn to comedy in part by her beloved mother’s wry wit. Culturally, Tina’s childhood was very Greek — she […]

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When DNA Confirms the Paper Trail

by Finding Your Roots Genetic Genealogy Consultant, CeCe Moore Sometimes no matter how hard I try, with so little time to research, I just can’t come up with a good DNA-related story angle for certain guests. That is pretty much the case for last week’s episode. This typically happens when the DNA supports the genealogical […]

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Ashkenazi Jewish DNA and the Potential to Piece Together Shattered Family Branches

by Finding Your Roots Genetic Genealogy Consultant, CeCe Moore The episode that aired last week with Carole King, Alan Dershowitz and Tony Kushner did not include any DNA research, but that doesn’t mean that I hesitated to delve into their genetic genealogy. In fact, a short segment featuring Alan is included in the special DNA-themed […]

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Sally Field’s Interactive Family Tree

Sally Field grew up in Southern California, sharing a passion for performance with her actress mother. Her paternal lineage, however, remained a mystery to Field, as her parents divorced when she was just a child. In Episode 8 of Finding Your Roots, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. digs deep into the iconic actress’s familial history, revealing […]

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The Intern Experience

A post by Finding Your Roots Production Assistant and former intern, Joey Fishman. I graduated from college in 2013 with the vague notion that I wanted to work in documentary film production. I quickly realized that the epicenter of it all is in New York City, so I set out emailing my favorite filmmakers, friends […]

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Tracing Descent from a Slave Owner with DNA

by Finding Your Roots Genetic Genealogy Consultant, CeCe Moore Last week’s episode focused on the roots of Nas, Valerie and Angela and their connection to slavery. Most of the DNA section was devoted to revealing their admixture and, for Nas and Angela, identifying specific ancestral origins in Africa. While this can be deeply meaningful, unfortunately, […]

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A Noble Heritage: The History & Legacy of the Polonsky & Paull Family in America

by Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull Today, in honor of our episode featuring Jewish genealogy research, our guest Dr. Jeff Paull shares with us his story of discovery. Since becoming interested in genealogy though researching his family history for his son’s Bar Mitzvah, Dr. Paull has also become deeply involved in analyzing how DNA can aid people […]

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Nas’ Interactive Family Tree

Hip hop pioneer Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones grew up in New York City’s Queensbridge Apartment Projects, raised by a loving mother with deep Southern roots. After topping the charts in the music industry for over two decades, Nas came to the Finding Your Roots team longing for a deeper connection to his family’s past […]

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