Another of the US-based genealogy TV shows is about ready to start its second season: Genealogy Roadshow. The premiere is January 13, 2015 8PM ET on your local Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) check your local listings. www.pbs.org
The show stars genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco*. It features local participants with claims and storylines where the genealogists work with the clues given to try to prove or not prove the “family lore”. There are three cities where they taped this season: New Orleans, LA, St. Louis, MO and Philadelphia, PA. The stories range from tracing a gruesome murder, paths to freedom from slavery, whether someone descended from the pirate Blackbeard, whether ancestors were signers of the Declaration of Independence , relations to famous Jazz musician and whether one’s ancestor helped someone escape the holocaust and more. Each episode takes place in a different venue in each locality.
This season the episodes are listed below. All are at 8PM ET.
January 13, 2015 New Orleans, LA-
January 20, 2015 St. Louis, MO
January 27, 2015 Philadelphia, PA
February 3, 2015 New Orleans, LA
February 10, 2015 St,. Louis, MO
February 17, 2015 Philadelphia, PA
For a brief description of each episode go to the press release found at: http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/g/GENEALOGY-ROADSHOW.aspx Scroll down on upcoming episodes. Click on the name of the city by date for more information on that episode.
Season 1 episodes are available on PBS at:
*Kenyatta Berry is a professional genealogist and immediate past president of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She specializes in African-American genealogy. Josh Taylor is the president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and Lead Genealogist for Findmypast.com, Josh has spoken at several IAJGS Conferences,. Mary Tedesco is the founder of ORIGINS ITALY, a firm specializing in Italian and Italian-American genealogical and family history and on the board of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council.
I have no affiliation with PBS. In full disclosure I serve with Josh Taylor on the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) where he represents FGS and I represent IAJGS.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee