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Year: 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Sarah Jessica Parker

5 March 2010
In this riveting series premiere, Sarah Jessica Parker embarks on an exciting adventure into the unknown to learn about her family tree. With the help of Ancestry.com, Sarah Jessica's story takes her on not one, but two awe-inspiring journeys first to Northern California and then to Salem, Massachusetts.

Sarah Jessica Parker ... Herself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
D. Joshua Taylor ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 2: Emmitt Smith

12 March 2010
Football legend Emmitt Smith is intrigued by a family rumor that his paternal grandmother, Erma Lee Watson, had white ancestry. As he travels deep into rural Alabama to colonial Virginia and beyond on the trail of Erma's great grandmother Mariah, Smith uncovers a story more dramatic than he ever could have imagined.

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Emmitt Smith ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 3: Lisa Kudrow

19 March 2010
Since childhood, Lisa Kudrow has known that her grandmother Gertrude had it tough. Gertrude's mother, Meri, perished in the Holocaust. Lisa's father recalls hearing about her death from a young Polish sailor, a cousin named Yuri who was last seen in New York in the late 1940s. Lisa's father never forgot Yuri for warning him and his family to leave their village for safety before the Nazi army invasion. From Los Angeles to Belarus, to the actual village where Meri once lived, Lisa's journey reveals clues leading her to something neither she nor her father ever thought possible.

Lisa Kudrow ... Herself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 4: Matthew Broderick

26 March 2010
Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick delves into his family history.

Matthew Broderick ... Himself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Peter Barton ... Himself - World War One Historian (uncredited)
Taff Gillingham ... Himself - World War One Expert (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 5: Brooke Shields

2 April 2010
Actress Brooke Shields embarks on a journey to discover which side of her divided and very different family she identifies with.

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Brooke Shields ... Herself

Season 1, Episode 6: Susan Sarandon

23 April 2010
Oscar-Winner Susan Sarandon unlocks her mysterious family tree.

Susan Sarandon ... Herself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Miles Robbins ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 7: Spike Lee

30 April 2010
Director Spike Lee learns about his ancestors in the season finale.

Spike Lee ... Himself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: Vanessa Williams

4 February 2011
Season Premiere -- Multi-faceted performer Vanessa Williams explores the roots of her trailblazing ancestors.

Natalie Cottrill ... Herself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Vanessa Williams ... Herself

Season 2, Episode 2: Tim McGraw

11 February 2011
Country music superstar Tim McGraw embarks on a journey to uncover his father's ancestral past.

Tim McGraw ... Himself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 3: Rosie O'Donnell

18 February 2011
Rosie O'Donnell embarks on an emotional journey as she traces her late mother's roots.

Rosie O'Donnell ... Herself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 4: Kim Cattrall

25 February 2011
Kim Cattrall sets out to solve a 70 year-old mystery.

Kim Cattrall ... Herself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 5: Lionel Richie

4 March 2011
R&B superstar Lionel Richie unravels the mystery of his past.

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Lionel Richie ... Himself

Season 2, Episode 6: Steve Buscemi

11 March 2011
Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi embarks on a journey to find the rogues and villains in his ancestral past.

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Steve Buscemi ... Himself

Season 2, Episode 7: Gwyneth Paltrow

1 April 2011
Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow delves into her ancestral past.

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Michael Lorenzini ... Himself - Archivist

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Herself

Season 2, Episode 8: Ashley Judd

25 March 2011
Actress and humanitarian Ashley Judd seeks the truth behind larger than life family tales.

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Ashley Judd ... Herself
D. Joshua Taylor ... Himself

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: Martin Sheen

3 February 2012
Season Premiere -- award-winning actor and political activist Martin Sheen discovers his ancestors shared his deepest passion.

Martin Sheen ... Himself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Emilio Estevez ... Himself

Ramon Estevez ... Himself

Season 3, Episode 2: Marisa Tomei

10 February 2012
Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei investigates the truth behind a family murder mystery.

Marisa Tomei ... Herself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 3: Blair Underwood

24 February 2012
Blair Underwood takes a journey that helps him realize a lifelong dream.

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Blair Underwood

Season 3, Episode 4: Reba McEntire

2 March 2012
Country superstar Reba McEntire embarks on an exploration of her mother's family.

Reba McEntire ... Herself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
D. Joshua Taylor ... Himself

Season 3, Episode 5: Jerome Bettis

9 March 2012
Super Bowl champion Jerome Bettis goes on a journey to learn more about his mother's roots.

Jerome Bettis

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 6: Helen Hunt

23 March 2012
Academy Award-winner Helen Hunt uncovers the missing pieces of her family history.

Helen Hunt ... Herself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 7: Rita Wilson

30 March 2012
Actress, singer and producer Rita Wilson takes an emotional journey as she learns of her father's early life and the story he never shared.

Rita Wilson ... Herself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 8: Edie Falco

6 April 2012
Emmy award-winner Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") is on a mission to discover the truth behind her mother's family history.

Edie Falco ... Herself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 9: Rob Lowe

27 April 2012
Rob Lowe discovers his maternal family's unexpected ties to early American history.

Rob Lowe ... Himself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
D. Joshua Taylor ... Himself

Season 3, Episode 10: Rashida Jones

4 May 2012
Rashida Jones uncovers her maternal family history from Manhattan to Eastern Europe.

Kidada Jones ... Herself

Quincy Jones ... Himself

Rashida Jones ... Herself

Peggy Lipton ... Herself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 11: Jason Sudeikis

11 May 2012
Saturday Night Live's Jason Sudeikis goes on a long jopurney to uncover his father's family history.

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Jason Sudeikis ... Himself

Season 3, Episode 12: Paula Deen

18 May 2012
Celebrated Chef Paula Deen embarks on a search to find out just how deep her Southern roots go.

Paula Deen ... Herself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: Christina Applegate

30 July 2013
Actress Christina Applegate investigates her paternal grandmother - a stranger to her and her father. Uncovering dramatic details along the way, Christina gains insight into the life and hardships of the woman she and her father loved, but never knew.

Christina Applegate ... Herself
Robert Applegate ... Himself

Cherie Lunghi ... Narrator: UK Edit (voice)

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 2: Kelly Clarkson

23 July 2013
Double-platinum singer Kelly Clarkson, explores her lineage and uncovers an ancestor deeply rooted in American history. Coming face-to-face with her 3x great grandfather's wartime bravery and sacrifice, she finds a connection deeper than ever imagined.

Kelly Clarkson ... Herself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Cherie Lunghi ... Narrator: UK Edit (voice)
D. Joshua Taylor ... Himself

Season 4, Episode 3: Chelsea Handler

6 August 2013
Media mogul Chelsea Handler confronts a deep family secret: her Grandfather's rumored Nazi past. As she dives into her family's struggle to survive in a desperate time, the details uncovered will finally confirm or deny his affiliation to the dark regime.

Andrea Bentschneider ... Herself

Chelsea Handler ... Herself
Glen Handler ... Himself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Roger Moorhouse ... Himself
Ralf Piorr ... Himself
Steve Weiss ... Himself (as Dr. Steve Weiss)
Jerry Yocum ... Himself

Season 4, Episode 4: Zooey Deschanel

13 August 2013
Actress Zooey Deschanel seeks to learn the truth about her Quaker ancestors and their involvement in the anti-slavery movement.

Zooey Deschanel ... Herself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Cherie Lunghi ... Narrator: UK Edit (voice)
Fergus M. Bordewich ... Himself
Max Carter ... Himself

Caleb Deschanel ... Himself

Mary Jo Deschanel ... Herself
Stacey Robertson ... Herself
Nikki Taylor ... Herself

Season 4, Episode 5: Chris O'Donnell

20 August 2013
In memory of his late father, actor Chris O'Donnell investigates the paternal side of his family and finds ancestors on the frontlines of American history. Chris explores a patriotic legacy and a family devotion that extends deeper than he ever imagined.

Chris O'Donnell ... Himself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Cherie Lunghi ... Narrator: UK Edit (voice)
Tory Berner ... Herself - O'Donnell's Niece (as Tori Berner)
Amy S. Greenberg ... Herself (as Dr. Amy S. Greenberg)
Michael Hait ... Himself
Dennis Northcott ... Himself
Vince Vaise ... Himself
Vonnie Zullo ... Herself

Season 4, Episode 6: Cindy Crawford

27 August 2013
Model Cindy Crawford travels to the United Kingdom to learn more about her ancestry including possible genealogical connections to European royalty.

Cindy Crawford ... Herself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Cherie Lunghi ... Narrator: UK Edit (voice)
Bernard Capp ... Himself
Christopher Child ... Himself
Susan Hardman Moore ... Herself (as Dr. Susan Hardman Moore)
Rosamond McKitterick ... Herself
Charles Mosley ... Himself
Judith Schiff ... Herself

Season 4, Episode 7: Trisha Yearwood

3 September 2013
Since her parents passed, country singer Trisha Yearwood knows little about her paternal side of the family. Her search for a deeper family connection takes Trisha to England, where she uncovers an ancestor's history of crime, loss, and perseverance.

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Trisha Yearwood ... Herself

Season 4, Episode 8: Jim Parsons

10 September 2013
In tribute to his late father, actor Jim Parsons explores the ancestors on his paternal side of the family. The journey takes Jim to Louisiana and eventually France, where he discovers generations of his forefathers who made an indelible mark in history.

Jim Parsons ... Himself

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Cherie Lunghi ... Narrator: UK Edit (voice)

Season 5


Season 5, Episode 1: Cynthia Nixon

23 July 2014
Actress Cynthia Nixon searches for answers in her paternal line, and truth becomes stranger than fiction when a mystery of deceit and murder slowly unfolds in relation her 3x great-grandmother.

Cynthia Nixon ... Herself

Season 5, Episode 2: Jesse Tyler Ferguson

30 July 2014
Award winning actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson thought he came from a "nice, boring family" until he digs into his ancestry and follows the life of his great-grandfather; a gilded age hustler that trouble seemed to follow at every turn.

Season 5, Episode 3: Rachel and Kayleen McAdams

6 August 2014
Rachel and Kayleen McAdams discover an English ancestor surrounded by a privileged world, but forced to separate from those he loved; they connect with relatives uprooted by war, and uncover the harrowing circumstances behind their Canadian roots.

Season 5, Episode 4: Valerie Bertinelli

13 August 2014
Valerie Bertinelli goes on the hunt to unlock her family's mysteries. She tracks down courageous ancestors who suffered through hardship and tragedy, and discovers a royal lineage dating back centuries that she never dreamed possible.

Cynthia Nixon ... Herself (credit only)

Rachel McAdams ... Herself (credit only)
Kayleen McAdams ... Herself (credit only)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson ... Himself (credit only)

Valerie Bertinelli ... Herself

Kelsey Grammer ... Himself (credit only)

Minnie Driver ... Herself (credit only)

Mocean Melvin ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Marcella Bencivenni ... Herself - Historian of Italian Immigration
Molly Tambor ... Herself - Hist. of European Women & Gender
Pietro Possio ... Himself - Third Cousin
Else Churchill ... Herself - Genealogist
Scott Stephenson ... Himself - Director of Collections: The Museum of the American Revolution
Peter O'Donoghue ... Himself - Herald of Arms
Wolfgang Van Halen ... Himself - Valerie's Son (as Wolfie)
Tom Vitale ... Himself - Valerie's Husband (as Tom)
Andrew Bertinelli ... Himself - Valerie's Father (as Andrew)
Nancy Bertinelli ... Herself - Valerie's Mother (as Nancy)

Season 5, Episode 5: Kelsey Grammer

20 August 2014
Kelsey Grammer takes a trip into the past to explore his beloved grandmother's family. He uncovers the story of a woman haunted by demons, and finds a connection to family who risked everything in one of the greatest migrations in American history.

Kelsey Grammer ... Himself

Season 5, Episode 6: Minnie Driver

27 August 2014


Season 6


Season 6, Episode 1: Julie Chen

8 March 2015
Julie Chen never knew her maternal grandfather; he died long before Julie was born. All she had heard was that he was a wealthy playboy with a rags-to-riches story. Julie sets out for rural China to learn more about his life and uncovers a dramatic tale.

Julie Chen ... Herself

Season 6, Episode 2: Josh Groban

15 March 2015
Josh Groban traces his ancestors' roots to Germany. He discovers a relative who was not only a deacon, but also a music teacher & well-known astronomer. But Josh's ancestor's predictions of cataclysmic doom put him in the crosshairs of the church.

Josh Groban ... Himself

Season 6, Episode 3: Angie Harmon

22 March 2015
Actress Angie Harmon discovers a daring ancestor who gave up his freedom to come to America, fought for his new country's independence, and risked everything at a pivotal point in America's history.

Angie Harmon ... Herself

Season 6, Episode 4: Sean Hayes

29 March 2015
Actor/Producer Sean Hayes searches for the cause of his estranged father's troubled past and uncovers a shocking trail of tragedy and crime that reaches back generations.

Sean Hayes ... Himself

Season 6, Episode 5: Tony Goldwyn

5 April 2015
Beyond a family of Hollywood legends, actor/director Tony Goldwyn explores his maternal lineage. He is introduced to a heritage of political activism; a couple ahead of their time proudly fighting for abolition, women's rights and westward expansion.

Tony Goldwyn ... Himself

Season 6, Episode 6: America Ferrera

12 April 2015
America Ferrera searches for a connection to a father she barely knew, and discovers a great grandfather who led multiple revolts against the government and left an enduring mark on Honduran history.

America Ferrera ... Herself

Season 6, Episode 7: Bill Paxton

19 April 2015
Actor/Director Bill Paxton researches his paternal lineage, uncovering the captivating life of an ancestor who was a war hero in an historic battle and who shaped politics and society during a turbulent era.

Bill Paxton ... Himself

Season 6, Episode 8: Melissa Etheridge

26 April 2015
Melissa Etheridge digs into her French roots and finds a family shaken by a scandalous lawsuit; a turbulent relationship entangled with tragedy; and an adventuresome ancestor who prospered in colonial America.
Jennifer Davis ... Herself

Melissa Etheridge ... Herself
John Reda ... Himself

Season 7


Season 7, Episode 1: Ginnifer Goodwin

26 July 2015
Actress Ginnifer Goodwin delves into a family secret in hopes of connecting her father with the grandparents he never knew. She is shocked to find dark and turbulent lives filled with drug addiction and life-altering consequences.

Ginnifer Goodwin ... Herself

Season 7, Episode 2: J.K. Rowling

2 August 2015
JK Rowling sets off on a journey to uncover her maternal French roots. She stumbles upon a family mystery, and uncovers a harrowing tale of wartime heroism, then discovers the actions of a brave ancestor.

J.K. Rowling ... Herself

Season 7, Episode 3: Alfre Woodard

9 August 2015
Alfre Woodard goes on a journey searching for her grandfather's roots, and finds a relative who endured one of the most horrifying periods in American history, but accomplished an extraordinary feat.

Season 7, Episode 4: Into the Archives

16 August 2015
This special episode digs into its archives and features highlights throughout the seasons including triumphs and tragedies, delightful discoveries and sobering moments. It also unveils outtakes and never-before-seen footage from the "Who Do" vault.

Season 7, Episode 5: Bryan Cranston

23 August 2015
Bryan Cranston's happy childhood shattered when his father abandoned the family when Bryan was just 11. Seeking answers, Bryan explores his paternal roots, finds a troubling pattern of desertion, a man of honor and an aunt he never even knew existed.

Bryan Cranston ... Himself

Season 7, Episode 6: Tom Bergeron

30 August 2015


Tom Bergeron ... Himself

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