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‘Finding Your Roots’ - airs PBS - March 25th

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will be hosting another season of ‘Finding Your Roots’ beginning on Sunday evening, March 25, 2012 on the Public Broadcasting Stations. There are ten parts to the series which run until May 20, 2012 at 8 pm Eastern standard time.

Similar to the ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ series, family genealogies research several well-known celebrities and personalities, discovering along the way that everyone has those ancestors who helped in some way to the success of that celebrity.

Professor Gates has hosted several informative genealogical shows on television starting back in 1996 on PBS. Many leading ancestry experts are used to discover the family lineage for each featured person on the show. Along this journey the general public will learn some of the special techniques that can be used by any family historian to learn more about their ancestors.

There are always the unknown aspects in many families stories handed down.  One most common is about having a Native American Indian ancestor.  The “Finding Your Roots’ program will cover over the weeks that not only using numerous vital records, censuses, family journals, there is also the newest techniques to explore. The series will show how genetic genealogy and using DNA evidence can actually solve some of these families’ mysteries.

New ancestral homelands might be uncovered in digging deeper into one’s family lineage.

There will be two celebrities featured in each episode. What will be unique is how the two individuals eventually learn how they each are bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden, link whether it is as old friends, through long lost relatives, or even through a common past.  The guests on the 2012 shows of ‘Finding Your Roots’ will include John Legend, Barbara Walters, Kevin Bacon, Robert Downey, Jr., Martha Stewart, Tyra Banks, Michelle Rodriguez, Margaret Cho, Samuel L. Jackson and others.

By examining one’s family lineage they also learn more about American history and world events. If you have not investigated much into your own family tree, this show might be the spark to set you in the right direction to explore your own identity and heritage.

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