Since the premiere of his groundbreaking series, African American Lives, in 2006 through the first two seasons of Finding Your Roots, noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has unearthed the family histories of influential people helping shape our national identity. Professor Gates utilizes a team of genealogists to reconstruct the paper trail left behind by our ancestors and the world’s leading geneticists to decode our DNA and help us travel thousands of years into the past to discover the origins of our earliest forebears.Visit Finding Your Roots Website
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Discover mysteries behind the family stories of Donna Brazile, Ty Burrell and Kara Walker.
Examine the Jewish heritage of Alan Dershowitz, Carole King and Tony Kushner.
DNA analysis challenges guests’ ideas about their family’s history and their identities.
Trace the histories of Tina Fey, David Sedaris and George Stephanopoulos.
Explore the British influence in the lives of Deepak Chopra, Sally Field and Sting.
Learn about the lives of the forebears of Ken Burns, Anderson Cooper & Anna Deavere Smith.
Trace the roots of Nas, Angela Bassett and Valerie Jarrett into the heart of slavery.
Three chefs cook the food of their ancestors.
Watch a clip of Finding Your Roots, episode one, with guest Donna Brazile.
Alan Dershowitz discovers the crucial role his family's synagogue played during WWII.
Secrets encoded in their genomes challenge guests’ ideas about their family histories.
Jessica Alba learns more about her Mexican-American family's immigration experience.
Expert CeCe Moore uses Autosomal DNA analysis to trace Deval Patrick's family history.
David Sedaris discovers his maternal 4th Great-Grandfather, a Revolutionary War soldier.
George Stephanopoulos learns that his Great-Grandfather resisted Nazi occupation in WW2.
Tina Fey discovers her 5th Great-Grandfather, once an esteemed guest of Ben Franklin.
Uncover the ancestry of Dustin Hoffman in the season three finale of Finding Your Roots.
Learn how tragic death shaped families of Hollywood legends Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow.
Don't miss Mia Farrow in the Finding Your Roots season three finale!
Discover the family traditions of Julianna Margulies, Azar Nafisi and Lidia Bastianich.
Azar Nafisi encounters a letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to her father.
Julianna Margulies learns about the origins of her last name on Finding Your Roots.
Lidia recalls a story her mother told saying good bye to her loved ones.
Discover pioneering families of Neil Patrick Harris, Gloria Steinem and Sandra Cisneros.