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Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will premiere Sunday, March 25 on PBS channels at 8 pm. The ten-part series delves into the genealogy and genetics of famous Americans, combining history and science in an exploration of race, family, and identity in today's America. Professor Gates shakes loose captivating stories and surprises in the family trees of Kevin Bacon, Robert Downey, Jr., Branford Marsalis, John Legend, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Rick Warren, among many others.
Both programs have pages on Facebook that you can "like" if you would like to receive regular updates in your Facebook account. Click on this link to access the Facebook page for Who Do You Think You Are? Click on this link to access the Facebook page for Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. According to the latter Facebook page, "This upcoming PBS series explores race, culture and identity, through genealogy and genetics – and features an all new group of remarkable individuals, who each uncovers secrets and surprises related to their family trees."
Both series have generated interest in genealogy among the public. Our society can build on this interest by sharing tools and techniques to research and document a family history.
Deb Cyprych and Kathy Reed