The excitement is in the air – genealogy is going mainstream and hitting the television screens. The dream of genealogists everywhere is finally coming true.
On Fox’s hit show The Simpsons, the daughter of the Simpson family begins searching for her ancestors because of a homework assignment. Even if you aren’t a Simpson’s fan, you’ll enjoy this episode. You can watch the episode (entitled The Color Yellow), here.
Another show that has gotten genealogists excited is PBS’s Faces Of America. Faces of America is a show that traces the ancestry of twelve celebrities such as Eva Longoria, Stephen Colbert, and Mario Batali. The show is hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates and there are four episodes. You can view the episodes here.
On the BYU channel, The Generations Project is a popular genealogy show. The big difference with this show is it follows regular people like you and me as they begin the search for their ancestors. The show provides professional researchers and travel expenses as the contestant learns more about their family tree. You can watch the episodes here and apply to be on the show here.
But the show that is going the most mainstream of all is NBC’s new show Who Do You Think You Are. Produced by Lisa Kudrow (of Friends fame), this show researches the ancestry of seven celebrities. The show premieres on Friday, March 5. The first episode is to reportedly feature Sarah Jessica Parker. You can view previews and trailers for the show here.
Hopefully this is just the start to a long line of genealogy related shows. These shows have the potential to increase knowledge and interest in genealogy. Get ready for a boost in genealogical interest.