PBS Announces a New Star-Studded Season of Finding Your Roots

[Editor’s Note: We just received this press release from PBS announcing that there will be another season of Finding Your Roots with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr! The press release has been edited (see [SNIP]) and it can be read in its entirety here. ]

PBS Announces Fall 2017 Schedule


ARLINGTON, VA; July 12, 2017  PBS today announced its fall 2017 lineup, as well as the January 2018 broadcast of TONY BENNETT: THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN PRIZE, a PBS music special taping this fall to honor the singer, this year’s recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. returns with a new season (October 3) to explore the fascinating family trees of popular figures including Aziz Ansari, Scarlett Johansson, Larry David, Garrison Keillor, Amy Schumer, Ted Danson, William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, Ana Navarro, Christopher Walken, Ava DuVernay, Bryant Gumbel and others.



The fall season includes additional shows, specials and series. Please check full listings below. For more information about fall programs, visit pressroom.pbs.org.



(Tuesdays, October 3 – December 26, 8-9 pm ET)

The acclaimed series returns with Professor Gates exploring the mysteries, surprises and revelations hidden in the family trees of popular figures including Aziz Ansari, Scarlett Johansson, Ted Danson, Larry David, Ava DuVernay, Bryant Gumbel, Garrison Keillor, William H. Macy, Suzanne Malveaux, Ana Navarro, Amy Schumer, Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Walken and more.


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About the Author

Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.

8 Comments on "PBS Announces a New Star-Studded Season of Finding Your Roots"

  1. Barbara A. Hurst | 14 July 2017 at 2:28 pm |

    I watch this show and it is fascinating. It would be great if you would do some “ordinary people”. I am ready. I have been doing genealogy for about 20 years and have a great time doing it. Finding family in Eastern Europe (Poland) has been a great success on one side of my family, but the maternal side of my family is still in the closet. Keep the show going. I love it. Think about my suggestion.

    • kathrynwitte | 14 July 2017 at 3:56 pm |

      Nearly everyone makes the same “suggestion” but every year it’s rejected because this isn’t a show about anonymous people. Try Genealogy Roadshow or think about hiring a professional genealogist.

  2. There has been at least one show aired with normal (not famous) people. it was Genealogy Roadshow. Started before the Gates show. Loved it also!

  3. Love the show! I dislike edicts, but occasionally I dream of a world everyone would be REQUIRED because they would then truly understand how we are ALL connected.

  4. REQUIRED to watch that is!

  5. Wanda Hebert Seago | 15 July 2017 at 9:22 am |

    you are wrong about not wanting a show for people like me who want to have a show to find do research on family lines that may be very important to American history. Each sate should have a show about it. I am hearing impaired, and have two bleeding disorders, that are supposed to come from the Hebert family line in Louisiana ( they came from France as prisoners). I really need an DNA test to prove it, but no money.

  6. Still waiting for Genealogy Roadshow, the PEOPLE’S show!

  7. Would LOVE to be on a genealogy show. Do they ever help just everyday folks and not feature just “stars”?

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