Genealogy in TV and the Movies

by VideoJordan | created - 27 Aug 2012 | updated - 01 Oct 2014 | Public

A list of TV shows and movies that have a primary focus on genealogy. Please let me know using the comments below if you can think of any that I'm missing.

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1. Who Do You Think You Are? (2010– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.1
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Celebrities are given the opportunity to research their family trees with surprising and often unexpected results.

Stars: Mocean Melvin, Courteney Cox, Julie Bowen, Smokey Robinson

Votes: 1,082

This is the American Version.

2. African American Lives (2006–2008)

54 min | Documentary, History

7.3
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This 4 part PBS series attempts to trace the roots of 8 guests using genealogy, oral history, family stories, and DNA analysis.

Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Pamela Arkin, Ben Carson, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 110

3. Oprah's Roots: An African American Lives Special (2007 TV Movie)

Documentary, Biography

6.8
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Director: Graham Judd | Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Oprah Winfrey

Votes: 9

4. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )

Documentary

8.3
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Harvard educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines "the DNA of American culture" through an extensive discovery of the ancestors of today's celebrities.... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Louis Gates, CeCe Moore, Anderson Cooper, Valerie Jarrett

Votes: 415

5. Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (2010)

Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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Our American Stories exploring the dynamic and shifting relationship America had with her new immigrants in the 20th century. Becoming American - exploring the many journeys to becoming ... See full summary »

Stars: Elizabeth Alexander, Mario Batali, Stephen Colbert, Louise Erdrich

Votes: 79

6. Who Do You Think You Are? (2004– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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Well known faces within the British media each embark on individual journeys to answer some questions in regards to their own family history. An interesting and intelligent programme for ... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Strong, Cherie Lunghi, Phil Davis, Nick Barratt

Votes: 668

This is the Brittish version.

7. Who Do You Think You Are? (I) (2008– )

Documentary, Biography, History

7.5
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Australian celebrities play detective as they go in search of their family history, revealing secrets from the past. Travel around Australia and the world with Jack Thompson, Kate Ceberano,... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Mellick, Andrea Bentschneider, Kristoffer Born, Ita Buttrose

Votes: 88

This is the Australian version.

8. Who Do You Think You Are? (2007– )

Biography

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Stars: Randy Bachman, Chantal Kreviazuk, Lewis MacKenzie, Shaun Majumder

Votes: 15

This is the Canadian version.

9. Genealogy Roadshow (2013– )

Reality-TV

7.3
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Genealogists visit American cities to investigate unverified genealogical claims.

Stars: Kenyatta Berry, D. Joshua Taylor, Mary M. Tedesco, George Siambis

Votes: 54