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Bill Paxton Learns of His Revolutionary Past On 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.16.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Actor Bill Paxton is featured this Sunday (April 19 at 10/9c on TLC) on Who Do You Think You Are? and digs into the paternal half of his family tree. He begins by solving a long-standing mystery by determining that he is indeed related to Texan hero Sam Houston.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Sean Hayes Discovers Family's Criminal Past

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.28.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Sean explores his paternal ancestry focusing on his Hayes line, and that leads him via Chicago and Dublin back to Ballylongford in County Kerry. What will he learn there? Check out this exclusive video provided by TLC to get a taste:

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Angie Harmon Understands the Power of Walking in Your Ancestors Footsteps

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.19.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

This Sunday on Who Do You Think You Are? (March 22, 2015 at 10/9c on TLC), Angie Harmon -- who always thought she was Greek, Irish and Native American -- makes some surprising discoveries about the Harmon branch of her family tree.

Exclusive Video: Josh Groban Discovering Remarkable and Controversial Ancestor

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.13.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Josh Groban knows little about his mother's lineage, so sets out on a journey to learn more about the maternal side of his family tree on Who Do You Think You Are?, airing this Sunday, March 15 at 10/9c on TLC.

Who Do You Think You Are? Returns With Julie Chen

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.07.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Who Do You Think You Are?, the popular celebrity roots show, is finally back on Sunday, March 8th at 10/9c on TLC. Kicking off the season is Julie Chen who ventures to China (a first for the series) and rediscovers the grandfather she thought she knew.

Bully for Ancestry: My Journey Into the Past Uncovered a Forgotten Polish Odyssey

Greg Archer | Posted 03.08.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

These may be heady questions, but now that we're 15 years into the 21st Century--yes, that's a jawdropper when you think about it--and the future has, basically, arrived, ironically, we find ourselves in the midst of another phenomena: Looking back into the past.

4 Celebrities Named for 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 02.15.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

It won't be long until genealogy fans and history buffs can get another hit of watching celebrities time travel to their roots. TLC's next season of...

How a TV Show Reminds Us How Cool Libraries Are

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.26.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Once upon a time, TLC stood for "The Learning Channel," and while that's no longer the case, that hasn't kept the network from sneaking a little boo...

Genealogy on TV: 28 Celebrities and Counting

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.05.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

A pair of Valeries: Valerie Bertinelli tapes for Who Do You Think You Are? in London and Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, learns ...

A Chat with Jim Piddock about HBO's Binge-worthy Family Tree

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

This documentary-style, comedy series was conjured up by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock (as it happens, both history buffs) over a lunch spent discussing Guest's dabbling in the world of genealogy.

DNA Stories: Did She Marry Her Cousin? (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 11.18.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Though genetic genealogy has been around for more than a decade, the sight of celebrities swabbing their cheeks on TV shows like Who Do You Think Y...

Country Music Star's Family Of Thieves

The Huffington Post | Maggie Furlong | Posted 09.03.2013 | TV

"Who Do You Think You Are?" doesn't always uncover amazing histories and family trees filled with royalty -- in country music star Trisha Yearwood's c...

WATCH: Cindy Crawford Discovers Her Not-So-Humble Roots

Posted 08.28.2013 | Style

Cindy Crawford has been America's (incredibly stunning) girl next door for the past 30 years, but that doesn't mean she isn't curious about her roots....

Cindy Crawford's Ancestors Were Royalty (Because, Of Course)

The Huffington Post | Maggie Furlong | Posted 08.27.2013 | TV

On this week's episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" (Tues., Aug. 27 at 9 p.m. ET on TLC), Cindy Crawford finds out that her ancestors include Earls,...

DNA Stories: A Tale of Two Fathers (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.19.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Genetic testing is a tremendous addition to our arsenal of tools to tackle family history riddles, and this is one of my favorite examples of how simple and effective it can be.

5 Reasons HBO Needs to Renew Family Tree

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.08.2013 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

HBO is apparently on the fence about renewing Family Tree, the mockumentary series dreamed up by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock. It may be that...

Chelsea Handler Confronts Her Family's Rumored Nazi Past

The Huffington Post | Maggie Furlong | Posted 08.06.2013 | TV

TLC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" is bringing out the softer side of funny lady Chelsea Handler this week (Tues., Aug. 6 at 9 p.m. ET). HuffPost TV...

Christina Applegate Discovers Dark Family Secret

The Huffington Post | Jason Hughes | Posted 07.31.2013 | TV

Christina Applegate was next up to dig into her personal heritage on "Who Do You Think You Are?" and the experience had an unexpected side benefit. It...

Genetic Family Reunion: DNA Reveals Alex Haley's Scottish Roots (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.25.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Genetic genealogy has been around for more than a dozen years, but has exploded in popularity over the last few. We're remarkably fortunate to live...

Kelly Clarkson In Tears over Link between Ancestor's Sacrifice and President Obama's Inauguration

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.14.2013 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

When Kelly Clarkson sang the phrase "land where my fathers died" from My Country,'Tis of Thee at President Obama's second inauguration, little did s...

DNA Stories: A Tale of Two Sisters (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.01.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

A Tale of Two Sisters shows how genetic genealogist Bill Hurst made clever use of DNA testing to solve a long-standing history mystery in his family.

Who Do You Think You Are? Celebrities Announced

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.26.2013 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

Genealogists and non-genealogists alike are rejoicing that TLC has announced the season line-up for Who Do You Think You Are?, the popular celebrity r...

Canceled Series Returns To Life

Posted 06.26.2013 | TV

"Who Do You Think You Are?" returns on a new network, TLC, this summer with more of your favorite celebrities searching for their roots. The Lisa K...

Celebrity Roots Series "Who Do You Think You Are?" Returns

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.21.2013 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

Good news for all those who mourned the cancellation of the American version of Who Do You Think You Are?, the popular celebrity roots series that...

HBO's Family Tree First of Four Genealogy Series to Air in U.S.

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.02.2013 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

Though there's been a bit of a vacuum in genealogical programming in the U.S. over the last year or so, that's happily about to change. First up is Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock's mockumentary series, Family Tree.