Finding Your Roots is a very popular genealogy TV show. The host is Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Every episode features a celebrity who learns more about his or her ancestors while the camera is running. There’s a lot of interesting information included in the show. There is also a lot going on behind the scenes at Finding Your Roots.
The Finding Your Roots website has an entire section that is called “Behind the Scenes”. A portion of it features the Finding Your Roots genealogy consultants who explain the science behind family history research. Articles in this section go back to portions of episodes from Season 2 and Season 3 of the show.
There are two types of articles in that section. Some are “interactive family trees”. You can scroll over the family tree of a celebrity and learn a little bit about each of that person’s ancestors. The other articles are detailed explanations about different aspects of genealogy research. For example, one is titled “Autosomal DNA: Hints from Our Ancestors”. Another is titled: “Telling Stories with Mitochondrial DNA”, and another is titled “When DNA Confirms the Paper Trail”.
Are you primarily interested in learning more about the family trees of the celebrities who have been featured on Finding Your Roots? There is a section in the “Behind the Scenes” portion of the website that is a collection of all the interactive family tree blogs.
The “Behind the Scenes” section of the Finding Your Roots website also has a list of genealogy resources. The list was posted on August 7, 2014. It is an alphabetical list of genealogy websites, with links to each of them. It includes the well known resources, such as Ancestry.com, AncestryDNA, 23andMe, My Heritage, and FamilySearch.
In addition, it includes links to genealogy resources you may not have been aware of. 248 Ancestors is dedicated to the research and discovery of Jewish ancestors. African Ancestry offers DNA testing with a focus on tracing the ancestry of people of African descent back to the present-day African country of origin. Misbach Enterprises has downloadable genealogy charts.
Another interesting way to get behind the scenes at Finding Your Roots is to read the Production Blog. The posts are in relation to episodes from Season 2. (There is potential that it may, someday, update with more content.) Right now, it has still photos from the set, notes from a researchers, and a blog post about the intern experience.
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