TLC Reveals Celebrities for Summer 2015 Season of Who Do You Think You Are?

TLC has revealed the list of celebrities for the Spring 2015 season of Who Do You Think You Are? which starts on 8 March 2015!


Series returns Sunday, July 26 at 9/8c

The two-time Emmy nominated series WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? returns this summer to share more fascinating stories, and shed light on surprising revelations, of the real life family history of celebrities. Executive Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, the new season premieres Sunday, July 26 at 9/8c.

The contributors featured in the upcoming season include:

  • Tom Bergeron, who is aware of his French Canadian roots on his paternal side, but wants to know what brought his ancestors to North America. He goes as far back as his 10x great grandmother to find the answer.
  • Bryan Cranston, who comes to discover an unfortunate pattern amongst the men in his family.
  • Ginnifer Goodwin, who sets out to learn about her mysterious paternal great grandparents, whom her father, regretfully, does not know much about either.
  • Alfre Woodard, who strives to find out more about the paternal side of her family, and explores how her surname came to be.

Additionally, TLC will air the U.S. premiere of J.K. Rowling’s episode of the series, where the best-selling author sets off to uncover her maternal French roots. She finds that a family war story might not be what she thought when military records reveal a surprising twist.

Ancestry, the leading family history company, is teaming up again with TLC as a sponsor of the upcoming season. As part of the show sponsorship, Ancestry provides exhaustive family history research on each of the featured celebrities to help make discoveries possible and build out the story of each episode.

The series is produced for TLC by Shed Media and Is or Isn’t Entertainment, and is based on an original format created by Wall to Wall Media and Alex Graham. More information can be found at ‘Like’ Who Do You Think You Are? on and follow @WDYTYA on Twitter.

Juneteenth 150th Anniversary: Major Genealogy Announcement by FamilySearch

FamilySearch will make a major announcement regarding African-American genealogy records on Friday, 19 June 2015 - the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth.

We’ve just received a press advisory from FamilySearch related to a “historic announcement regarding historical records of African-American families.” The announcement will take place live and can be viewed online on Friday 19 June 2015, the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, an important holiday in African-American history.

You can visit the Discover Freedmen website at to watch the event live at 10:00 am Pacific (12:00 pm Central) and follow along on Twitter at #DiscoverFreedmen.

Here are the details:

On Friday, June 19th Elder D. Todd Christofferson, leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will make an historic announcement regarding the release of Civil War-era free slave records at a press event in Los Angeles.

FamilySearch, the largest genealogy organization in the world, in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society and the California African American Museum, are working together to make these records available and accessible on-line for those interested in their ancestry.

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Our American Family New Episode: The Furutas

A new episode of Our American Family, the PBS family history - The Furutas - featung Japanese-American genealogy, is airing over the next few weeks in May!

Back in 2012, we highlighted a new documentary series on PBS called Our American Family (click here for the original post). Since then we’ve been in touch with the producers to keep tabs on upcoming episodes and we have good news!

Our American Family: The Furutas is ready for airing and here in Chicago, it will air on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 at 11pm on WTTW. You’ll need to check your local listing here to see when this episode will be broadcast on your local PBS station.

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