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This project gathers together the Geni profiles for all of the notable figures who have been - or will be - featured on the genealogical television program, Finding Your Roots. It is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) public television series hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates.

The first season originally aired March 25 – May 20, 2012 from 8–9 p.m. EDT. A second season airs September 23 - November 25, 2014: " ... Gates continues his quest to understand our collective American identity, bringing to life the family histories of African American, Asian, Chinese, Greek, Indian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, and Latin American guests alike."

Guidelines

When you add a profile for someone featured on the program, please make sure they are listed and linked below by editing this page as necessary.

Please feel free to build and extend Geni trees. Start a discussion for genealogical assistance.

List of episodes

Season One (2012)

  1. March 25, 2012: Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr.
  2. March 25, 2012 – John Lewis and Cory Booker
  3. April 1, 2012 – Barbara Walters and Geoffrey Canada
  4. April 8, 2012 – Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon
  5. April 15, 2012 – Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Yasir Qadhi, and Rick Warren
  6. April 22, 2012 – Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey, Jr.
  7. April 29, 2012 – Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice and Ruth Simmons
  8. May 6, 2012 – Sanjay Gupta, Margaret Cho and Martha Stewart
  9. May 13, 2012 – John Legend, Wanda Sykes and Margarett Cooper
  10. May 20, 2012 – Michelle Rodriguez, Adrian Grenier and Linda Chavez

Season Two (2014)

  1. September 23, 2014 – Stephen King, Gloria Reuben and Courtney B. Vance
  2. September 30, 2014 – Derek Jeter, Billie Jean King, and Rebecca Lobo
  3. October 7, 2014 – Ken Burns, Anderson Cooper and Anna Deavere Smith
  4. October 14, 2014 – Ben Affleck, Khandi Alexander and Benjamin Jealous
  5. October 21, 2014 – Tom Colicchio, Aarón Sánchez and Ming Tsai
  6. October 28, 2014 – Angela Bassett, Valerie Jarrett and Nas
  7. November 4, 2014 – Alan Dershowitz, Carole King and Tony Kushner
  8. November 11, 2014 – Deepak Chopra, Sally Field and Sting
  9. November 18, 2014 – Tina Fey, George Stephanopoulos and David Sedaris
  10. November 25, 2014 – Jessica Alba, Anderson Cooper, Valerie Jarrett, Governor Deval Patrick, and more

Season Three (2016)

The guests in alphabetical order within their respective episode with links, if one exists, to their Geni profile.

  1. January 5, 2016 - Donna Brazile, Ty Burrell, Kara Walker
  2. January 12, 2016 - Bill Maher, Soledad O'Brien, Bill O'Reilly
  3. January 19, 2016 - Shonda Rhimes, Maya Rudolph, Keenen Ivory Wayans
  4. January 26, 2016 - Bill Hader, Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear
  5. February 2, 2016 - Sir Richard Branson, Frank Gehry, Maya Lin
  6. February 9, 2016 - Patricia Arquette, John McCain, Julianne Moore
  7. February 16, 2016 - Sean Combs, LL Cool J (born James Todd Smith)
  8. February 23, 2016 - Sandra Cisneros, Neil Patrick Harris, Gloria Steinem
  9. March 1, 2016 - Lidia Bastianich, Julianna Margulies, Azar Nafisi
  10. March 8, 2016 - Mia Farrow, Dustin Hoffman

Season Four (2017)

The guests in alphabetical order within their respective episode with links, if one exists, to their Geni profile.

  1. October 3, 2017 - Larry David, Bernie Sanders
  2. October 10, 2017 - Fred Armisen, Carly Simon, Christopher Walken
  3. October 17, 2017 - Ted Danson, William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen
  4. October 24, 2017 - Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ava DuVernay, Janet Mock
  5. October 31, 2017 - Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, John Turturro
  6. November 7, 2017 - Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis Lee, Suzanne Malveaux
  7. November 14, 2017 - Carmelo Anthony, Anna Navarro, Lupita Nyong'o
  8. November 21, 2017 - Gaby Hoffmann, Téa Leoni
  9. December 12, 2017 - Questlove, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Phil McGraw
  10. December 19, 2017 - Aziz Ansari, Maya Rudolph, Amy Schumer

Season Five (2019)

The guests in alphabetical order within their respective episode with links, if one exists, to their Geni profile.

  1. January 8, 2019 - George R. R. Martin, Andy Samberg
  2. January 15, 2019 - Felicity Huffman, Michael K. Williams
  3. January 22, 2019 - Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry, Lisa Ling
  4. January 29, 2019 - Kal Penn ,Sheryl Sandberg, Marisa Tomei
  5. February 5, 2019 - S. Epatha Merkerson, Michael Strahan
  6. February 12, 2019 - Tulsi Gabbard, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan
  7. February 19, 2019 - Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro, Sarah Silverman
  8. February 26, 2019 - Laura Linney, Michael Moore, Chloë Sevigny
  9. April 2, 2019 - Marina Abramović, Alejandro Innaritu, Kehinde Wiley
  10. April 9, 2019 - Henry Louis Gates, Jr., in regards to his personal DNA story and "The Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings" STEM Camp. They are also using Ty Burrell and Joe Madison in some form in this episode.

Season Six (2019-2020)

  1. October 8, 2019 "Hollywood Royalty" - Isabella Rossellini, Anjelica Huston, Mia Farrow
  2. October 15, 2019 "Off the Farm" - Melissa McCarthy, Eric Stonestreet

January 2020 Episodes

  1. "Secrets & Lies" - Sigourney Weaver, Amy Ryan, Justina Machado
  2. "This Land is My Land" - Queen Latifah, Jeffrey Wright
  3. "Beyond the Pale" - Terry Gross, Marc Maron, Jeff Goldblum
  4. "Homecomings" - Sterling K. Brown, Jon Batiste, Sasheer Zamata
  5. "DNA Pioneers" - Harold Varmus, Francis Collins, Shirley Jackson
  6. "Slave Trade" - Questlove, S. Epatha Merkerson, Ava DuVernay
  7. "Italian Roots" - Marisa Tomei, Jimmy Kimmel, John Turturro
  8. "Criminal Minds" - Laura Linney, Lisa Ling, Soledad O'Brien

October 2020 Episodes

  1. "Fashion Roots" - Diane von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez, RuPaul
  2. "Breaking the Silences" - Gayle King, Jordan Peele, Issa Rae
  3. "DNA Mysteries" - Ann Curry, Téa Leoni, Joe Madison
  4. "War Stories" - Kehinde Wiley, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader
  5. "Flight" - Lupita Nyong'o, Lidia Bastianich, Scarlett Johansson
  6. "Coming to America" - Nancy Pelosi, Norah O'Donnell, Zac Posen

Preceding Programs

Prior to Finding Your Roots there were a few mini-series which were also hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. on PBS which were predecessors to the setup of Finding Your Roots. Each series featured 4 hour long episodes with the guests having their stories told throughout the entire series.

African American Lives

Guests include Quincy Jones, Chris Tucker, T.D. Jakes, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Whoopi Goldberg, Dr. Ben Carson, and Oprah Winfrey.

  1. February 1, 2006 - "Listening to Our Past" and "The Promise of Freedom"
  2. February 8, 2006 - "Searching for Our Names" and "Beyond the Middle Passage"

African American Lives 2007 Special

  1. January 24, 2007 - "Oprah's Roots: An African American Lives Special"

African American Lives 2

Guests include Morgan Freeman, Tina Turner, Tom Joyner, Chris Rock, Don Cheadle, Peter Gomes, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Maya Angelou, Bliss Broyard, Linda Johnson Rice, and Kathleen Henderson.

  1. February 6, 2008 - "The Road Home" and "A Way Out of No Way"
  2. February 13, 2008 - "We Come From People" and "The Past is Another Country"

Faces of America

Guests include Elizabeth Alexander, Mario Batali, Stephen Colbert, Louise Erdrich, Malcolm Gladwell, Eva Longoria, Yo-Yo Ma, Mike Nichols, Queen Noor of Jordan, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Meryl Streep, and Kristi Yamaguchi.

  1. February 10, 2010 - "Our American Stories"
  2. February 16, 2010 - "Becoming American"
  3. February 23, 2010 - "Making America"
  4. March 2, 2010 - "Know Thyself"