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Genealogy Roadshow

Follow a diverse cast of participants on an emotional journey that uses history and science to uncover their fascinating family stories. Genealogy Roadshow continues in Season 3, exploring history with the diverse cast of participants from cities around the country, including Boston, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, and more. #GenealogyPBS

Best of Genealogy Roadshow

53m 40s

Enjoy the most intriguing stories selected from both seasons of the series. From immigrant voyages and famous ancestors to murder mysteries and family connections, the episode revisits the journeys in cities across the country as people uncover their family histories.

Episodes

  • Best of Genealogy Roadshow: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Best of Genealogy Roadshow

    S2 E7 - 53m 40s

    Enjoy the most intriguing stories selected from both seasons of the series. From immigrant voyages and famous ancestors to murder mysteries and family connections, the episode revisits the journeys in cities across the country as people uncover their family histories.

  • Philadelphia - Franklin Institute: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Philadelphia - Franklin Institute

    S2 E6 - 53m 40s

    At Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories. A man learns that the event that drove his family to the City of Brotherly Love changed the course of history; a man may be a Viking descendant; another’s family could have part of one of history’s biggest scams.

  • Philadelphia - Historical Society of Pennsylvania: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Philadelphia - Historical Society of Pennsylvania

    S2 E5 - 53m 40s

    One woman’s ancestor may have sparked historic labor laws; a pastor may have an outlaw in her family tree; a woman learns about slave genealogy and – with the help of DNA testing – gets the answer she has waited for; and another woman learns her ancestor may have helped others escape the Holocaust.

  • New Orleans - Cabildo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    New Orleans - Cabildo

    S2 E4 - 53m 39s

    A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the famous Cabildo, home of the Louisiana State Museum. A couple whose ancestors hail from the same small Italian town explore the chance they may be related; a woman is desperate to find out who committed a gruesome murder in her ancestor’s past; and a woman discovers the journey her ancestor took on the path to freedom from slavery.

  • New Orleans - Board of Trade: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    New Orleans - Board of Trade

    S2 E3 - 53m 40s

    A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the New Orleans Board of Trade. A local man seeks to recover essential history washed away in Hurricane Katrina; a woman discovers she has links to both sides of the Civil War; another unravels the mystery behind her grandfather’s adoption; and one man explores a link to the famous New Orleans Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.

  • St. Louis - Union Station: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    St. Louis - Union Station

    S2 E2 - 53m 40s

    At St. Louis’ historic Union Station, genealogists uncover fascinating family stories. A musician hopes to find connections to a famous St. Louis jazz composer; two sisters explore links to a survivor of the legendary Donner party; an Italian-American woman finds out if she is related to royalty; and a schoolteacher who has all the answers for her students has very few about her own past.

  • St. Louis - Central Library: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    St. Louis - Central Library

    S2 E1 - 53m 40s

    At Saint Louis’ historic public library, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri’s famous gateway city. A mystery writer discovers her mother has hidden a life-changing secret; a woman finds out if she is descended from the infamous pirate Blackbeard; and a mother and daughter seek connections to a famous author.

Extras + Features

  • Schwab’s Pharmacy and Hollywood: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Schwab’s Pharmacy and Hollywood

    S3 E7 - 1m 20s

    LA’s iconic Schwab’s Pharmacy started out as a small family business, but turned into a hot spot for Hollywood elite thanks to its location across from a movie studio.

  • Voter Rolls and Church Records: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Voter Rolls and Church Records

    S3 E7 - 51s

    Was your ancestor registered to vote in California? If so, then find out how voter rolls can help. Was your ancestor born at home? Church records can be key.

  • Next on Episode 7 | Los Angeles: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Next on Episode 7 | Los Angeles

    S3 E7 - 30s

    Examine a family’s connection to the legendary Hollywood pharmacy, Schwab’s; a link to one of the first African-American college graduates; a family tree wrapped in a genealogical web that has captivated the Roadshow team for years; and more.

  • Hispanic Surnames and Little-Known Records: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hispanic Surnames and Little-Known Records

    S3 E6 - 1m 28s

    The tradition of women keeping their maiden name in Hispanic cultures can unlock genealogical doors. Sometimes little-known records can reveal major details about an ancestor’s life.

  • Next on Episode 6 | Providence: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Next on Episode 6 | Providence

    S3 E6 - 30s

    Join genealogists at the Providence Public Library to research stories about Holocaust survivors; a guest’s African-American relative who served in WWI; a man’s Amish ties; a woman’s roots in the whaling industry; and a Rhode Island macaroni company.

  • History of Orphan Trains: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    History of Orphan Trains

    S3 E5 - 47s

    Between 1853 and 1929, 150,000 children were sent West on Orphan Trains in the hopes that they would have better lives.

  • Slave Registers, Wills, and Famous Connections: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Slave Registers, Wills, and Famous Connections

    S3 E5 - 1m 50s

    What reasons did African Americans have for owning slaves? What can probate records reveal? Can these people really be related to Albert Einstein or a legend of the American Revolution?

  • Next on Episode 5 | Boston: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Next on Episode 5 | Boston

    S3 E5 - 30s

    Join genealogists at iconic Faneuil Hall to solve mysteries related to the Salem Witch Trials, orphan trains, the Great Boston Fire of 1872 and the small pox epidemic, and research a link to the founders of Boston.

  • Next on Episode 4 | Our Favorite Stories: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Next on Episode 4 | Our Favorite Stories

    S3 E4 - 30s

    Genealogists Joshua Taylor, Kenyatta Berry and Mary Tedesco revisit their favorite stories from previous seasons, and three memorable guests return to share what has happened since their appearances.

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