“Finding Your Roots” to Air on PBS

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The ever-growing obsession with genealogy and researching one’s roots is becoming more and more apparent in all aspects of our lives.Peter Shellhammers' 1816 birth certificate.

Just turn on the television, open a magazine or newspaper, or join into any conversation and you’ll find it won’t be long before genealogy in some form will be a topic of note.

On television we have “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “History Detectives” showing regularly in the US and Canada, as well as “Ancestors in the Attic” in Canada, and I must say I’m addicted. It’s so enjoyable to learn about the diverse backgrounds of our favorite celebrities, some surprising, some heartbreaking, and some joyful.

Now PBS is set to broadcast its own genealogy series called “Finding Your Roots.” This is a ten-part series set to debut March 25, 2012 and will consist of hour long episodes featuring two people, investigating and highlighting their genealogy and family history.

According to PBS, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, well-known actors who just happen to be married, have decided to put aside their fear that they may turn out to be cousins and search out their roots on the show.

It turns out that they are very distant cousins according to historian Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The fascination of genealogy for me is discovering the dramatic twists and turns of our own family histories. Besides, I frequently learn a new tip or trick that helps me in my own research.


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