7 Genealogy TV Shows That Will Inspire You to Do More Family History

June 16, 2020  - by 

You don’t have to be a professional genealogist to have an interest in your family’s history. Family connection has become an increasingly popular topic in entertainment and media, making it the theme of multiple successful genealogy tv show series.

Feeling stuck in a rut trying to disentangle your family lines? Here are some genealogy TV shows to help you find a little boost of inspiration.

Who Do You Think You Are?

In this show, you can follow your favorite well-known celebrities as they work alongside professional genealogists and historians to uncover their family’s story. Each journey is tailored to the individual, and you get to see your favorite artists or actors in a different light.

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Genealogy Roadshow

Maybe you have an entire tackle box of fish stories that have been passed down in your family. If so, Genealogy Roadshow is for you. In this three-season series, a team of professionals visits cities throughout the United States to prove—or disprove—far-fetched genealogical claims and stories of everyday families.

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Ancestors

Ancestors genealogy tv show screenshot

Ancestors is a 23-episode series produced by BYUtv. Rather than following a single individual through family discoveries, this show highlights family history records from different parts of the world. The show weaves together personal stories with the more technical side of doing family history, so you can be entertained while picking up on some more know-how for your own research.

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The Generations Project

The Generations Project focuses on discovering some of the hidden secrets that have been woven into the family lines of the show’s participants. But don’t be mistaken. This show isn’t about uncovering the skeletons in the closet, it’s about uncovering the strength and resilience that come with knowing your background.

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Long Lost Family

Long Lost Family explores the life and journey of family members who have been separated for years by the challenges and realities of life. Like many of us, participants in the show feel the drive to discover the missing pieces of their family puzzle.

To apply to be a participant, email longlostfamilyusa@gmail.com. You can also follow the Long Lost Family Casting Page on social media to watch for new opportunities.

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Relative Race

Genealogy research can sometimes be slow-going, but not in Relative Race. In this show, teams of family members race to see who can meet all their unknown relatives first. The producers of the show use DNA testing to research the family beforehand to provide them with the locations of these relatives—and some epic game-changers.

A family on Relative Race, a popular genealogy tv show, hugging eachother

To apply to be one of the teams on the show, fill out an online application. Be sure to get your application in before June 1 to be considered for the upcoming season!

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Roots Less Traveled

Roots Less Traveled is one of the newer genealogy TV shows. It follows pairs of family members on a long road trip to discover more about their ancestors—and each other. Each team works together to play detective and solve some of the mysteries and tall tales in their family tree.

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While this isn’t a comprehensive list of all the genealogy TV shows out there—and those that are still coming—it’s a good place to start. But you don’t have to wait until you’re a big TV star to enjoy genealogy. Check out our online records today and start building your family tree to embark on your own journey of self-discovery.

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  1. I was saddened that you didn’t include Finding Your Roots, on PBS. It’s a lot less flashy than some of the shows on your list, and more true to the process.

  2. The Genetic Detective is also good. It is still in its first season. Also she was a genealogist in Finding Your Roots.

  3. This is a wonderful list of programs! I didn’t know until I read the blog that there is BYUtv, which was easily accessed on my Raku tv. Now I can watch the “Ancestors” series. Thank you so much!