Season 1

From Presidential progeny to felonious forebears, family secrets are uncovered this fall across the U.S. in PBS’ surprise-filled new series GENEALOGY ROADSHOW. Part detective story, part emotional journey, the show uncovers fascinating stories of diverse Americans in Nashville, Detroit, San Francisco and Austin. Each individual’s past links to a larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of America.


GENEALOGY ROADSHOW’s premiere season will feature participants who want to explore unverified genealogical claims passed down through family history, which may (or may not) connect them to an event or a historical figure. These four first-season cities were chosen as American crossroads of culture, diversity, industry and history, with deep pools of potential participants and stories. After potential participants in these cities nominated themselves, experts chose the most compelling stories and used resources in genealogy, history and DNA as well as family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down the truth behind the familial myths. The most compelling answers were revealed on camera to the participants before a local audience, on location at an historic building relevant to the cities’ – and the participants’ – histories.