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Who Do You Think You Are

When It Comes to Genetic Genealogy, Women Need Not Apply

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.04.2016 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Not long ago, I observed that genealogy is now officially a TV genre. One of the reasons I felt confident in making this claim is the frequency with w...

Exclusive Video: Molly Ringwald Mines Her Family History on #WDYTYA

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.21.2016 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

If you had an ancestor known simply as "the Swede," wouldn't you want to know more about him?

Suddenly Amish: Katey Sagal's Roots Journey Takes a Buggy Turn

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.16.2016 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Many of us have heard of the "suddenly Jewish" phenomenon when someone raised as a gentile discovers their Jewish heritage, but actress and singer-son...

6 Steps on How to be Independent

Evan Kristine | Posted 04.08.2016 | San Francisco
Evan Kristine

6 Steps on How to be Independent So you are finally 18 and of legal age and you start to think, "How can I sustain myself so I can be independent?" T...

Sneak Peek: Scott Foley's Revolutionary and Bewitching 'Who Do You Think You Are?' Journey

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.07.2016 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Actor, director and screenwriter Scott Foley takes his turn under the Who Do You Think You Are? microscope to explore family stories that have been pa...

Genealogy Is Officially a TV Genre

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.04.2016 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

It only took about two decades, but this genie's wish has finally been granted: genealogy is now officially its own TV genre. With current offerings i...

Aisha Tyler Isn't Afraid to Dig Deep on Season Premiere of 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.01.2016 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

video preview of Aisha Tyler's Who Do You Think You Are? episode Like so many, I'm delighted that Aisha Tyler (actress, comedian, host (The Talk, Who...

New Season of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' Launching April 3rd

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.03.2016 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

The Emmy nominated series Who Do You Think You Are? returns this spring to follow more of today's most beloved and iconic celebrities as they embark o...

Alfre Woodard Goes on a Memorable Roots Journey

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Actress Alfre Woodard's grandfather died when her father was only a toddler, so this part of her family tree is a mystery. To uncover the past, Ms. Woodard goes an ancestral journey through Georgia and Louisiana.

Season 3 of 'Finding Your Roots' Green-Lighted for January 2016 Return on PBS

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.14.2016 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Season 3 of the popular show, hosted and produced by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was put on hold until certain measures were implemented.

Celebrity Genealogy on TV: Who and When?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.28.2016 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

We can probably expect an interlude between the next seasons of Who Do You Think You Are? and Finding Your Roots, and the duration of that lull will hinge largely on how PBS chooses to balance and accommodate the sometimes competing goals of content accuracy and viewer demand.

Melissa Etheridge's French Canadian British American Spanish Ancestor

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.20.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

She swiftly discovers French Canadian ancestors who were embroiled in a bitter lawsuit against a man who got their teenage daughter pregnant and refused to marry her, but there's more to the story than she first thinks.

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

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.16.2015 | 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 05.28.2015 | 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 05.19.2015 | 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 05.13.2015 | 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 05.07.2015 | 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 05.01.2015 | 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 book-...

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 ab...

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 You ...

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....