Mon, 09/23/2013 - 9:00pm
Follow a diverse cast of participants on an emotional journey that uses history and science to uncover their fascinating family stories.
Part detective story, part emotional journey, Geneology Roadshow, airing Mondays, September 23-October 14, 2013 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV, combines history and science to uncover the fascinating stories of diverse Americans. Each individual’s past will link to a larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of America.
Hosted by LA-area broadcaster Emmett Miller, Geneology Roadshow features participants from four American cities — Nashville, Austin, Detroit and San Francisco — who want to explore unverified genealogical claims, passed down through family history, that may (or may not) connect them to an event or a historical figure. These cities were chosen as American crossroads of culture, diversity, industry and history, with deep pools of potential participants and stories. After participants are chosen, experts in genealogy, history and DNA will use family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information. These experts will enlist the help of local historians to add color and context to the investigations, ensuring every artifact and every name becomes a clue in solving the mystery. Many answers will be revealed on camera before a local audience, in a historic building relevant to the cities’ – and the participants’ – histories.