Genealogy Roadshow

Full Episodes - Season 1


  • Nashville | Genealogy Roadshow

    This episode of Genealogy Roadshow focuses on the family histories of several people living in Nashville, Tennessee. In the historical Belmont Mansion, genealogists Kenyatta Berry and Joshua Taylor use census records, family trees, photographs, and other historical documents to link people to their ancestors. Famous links include Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, Davy Crockett, outlaw Jesse James, and a Hatfield of the famous dueling Hatfield and McCoy families. Berry and Taylor also help some Roadshow attendees find out information about unidentified people in photographs and parents they never knew.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Nashville: Chapter 1 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Marguerita Page, an African-American Tennessee native with a family mystery. Genealogist Joshua Taylor uses census records and a letter from the Montgomery County archives to link Page’s family to former Tennessee Governor Austin Peay.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Nashville: Chapter 2 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Edwin Kennedy who found a picture from around 1905 of his great-uncle with an unknown African-American "Uncle Fate." Kenyatta Berry, a genealogist, uses census records and other historical documents to not only identify "Uncle Fate," but also provide new information for his family. The clip also features Marquita Fletcher who looks to Joshua Taylor for information on her ancestry.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Nashville: Chapter 3 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow briefly introduces Davy Crockett, the late American folk hero. Then genealogist Joshua Taylor helps Michele Fox and David Vaughn find out if either of their family trees includes the historical figure. The clip also features Chris Hudson, a teen looking to genealogy for concrete evidence of his ancestry.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Nashville: Chapter 4 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow briefly introduces outlaw Jesse James and then focuses on Jean Carter Wilson, a woman with pressing questions regarding her relation to four historical figures, including James. While she strikes out with former presidents and a singing group, her connection with James proves interesting. The history of the Belmont Mansion is also explored in this clip. Last, Max Scruggs and his family work with Joshua Taylor to learn more about his great-grandmother.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Nashville: Chapter 5 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow briefly introduces the historical feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families. Then Janet and Michael Hatfield-Deweese work with genealogist Kenyatta Berry to see if there is any relation to Devil Anse Hatfield by looking through census data, family trees, and family wills.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Nashville: Chapter 6 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Sarah Jones, a woman who's looking to learn more about her roots in an effort to come to know the ancestry of her late father, whom she never met. Genealogist Joshua Taylor walks Jones through her family tree, using immigration lists and census data. He also shows Jones family photos and introduces her to a cousin on her father's side for the first time.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Detroit | Genealogy Roadshow

    This episode of Genealogy Roadshow focuses the family histories of several people living in Detroit, Michigan. Genealogists Kenyatta Berry and Joshua Taylor use census records, family trees, photographs, and other historical documents to link people to their ancestors. Famous links include those to Abraham Lincoln, the Great Migration, the Queen's bookstore in London, and Juan Ponce de Leon. Berry and Taylor also help some Roadshow attendees find out the true story of how a father passed away and the transformation of a family name.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Detroit: Chapter 1 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow briefly introduces the life of President Abraham Lincoln. After tracing her own family tree back eleven generations, Michigan-native Michile Stoutenburg looks to genealogist Joshua Taylor to see if she's connected to the sixteenth president - either through a butter dish or a family tree. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • Detroit: Chapter 2 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Charissa Joy Los, a college student from Detroit, Michigan, who was born to a white mother and a black father and was adopted at 2 days old with an open adoption. Using census records and an 1860 slave schedule, genealogist Kenyatta Berry connects Los's father's family to the history of the Great Migration in the early 1900s.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Detroit: Chapter 3 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Cynthia Bedolla-Redman's English roots, Civil War ties, and ultimate scandal involving murder and imprisonment all uncovered by a genealogist using newspaper clippings. The clip also features Rose Thompson's question about her uncle who left home and never returned almost one hundred years ago. The history of one of Detroit's elite residential districts, Indian Village, is also explored.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Detroit: Chapter 4 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow focuses on William Blackman, living in Detroit, Michigan, with suspected ancestral ties to Daniel Boone. Using military service records and a Civil War-era letter, a genealogist uncovers Blackman's connection to an important moment in Civil War history. Examining a passenger list and ship's manifest, a naturalization certificate, and census records, the genealogist explains how Blackman's name was changed from Blechmann to Blackman as one of his ancestors immigrated to the United States in the late 19th century from modern-day Latvia.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Detroit: Chapter 5 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Eugenia Gorecki, a former Ford Motor Company design engineer inquiring about her late father who passed away in Poland when she was a toddler. After historian Ceil Jensen explains the effects of WWII in Poland, genealogist Kenyatta Berry links Gorecki's father to the Nazi resistance movement in Poland.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Detroit: Chapter 6 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Monica Donley, who has roots in Mexico and lives in Detroit, Michigan, with her children and husband, an amateur genealogist who suspects, but cannot confirm, that Monica has ancestral ties to the 15th century Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon. Using techniques in Spanish genealogy, a professional genealogist successfully shows that Monica is the 15th great granddaughter of Ponce de Leon, demonstrating how to work forwards from a suspected ancestor and backwards from known ancestors to connect family trees.

    Grades: 6-12
  • San Francisco | Genealogy Roadshow

    This episode of Genealogy Roadshow focuses on the family histories of several people living in San Francisco, California. Genealogists Kenyatta Berry and Joshua Taylor use census records, family trees, photographs, and other historical documents to link people to their ancestors. Famous links include those to monumental battles on American soil and Benjamin Franklin. Berry and Taylor also help some Roadshow attendees find out the truth behind family stories and heirlooms that have been passed down for generations.

    Grades: 6-12
  • San Francisco: Chapter 1 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Lisa Gates, a California native looking to genealogy to solve two family mysteries. Genealogist Kenyatta Berry disproves a family story about links to the founder of the California gold rush, but uses newspaper clippings to provide the true motive behind the murder of Gates's great-great grandfather.

    Grades: 6-12
  • San Francisco: Chapter 2 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow enlists the help of Judy Yung, Professor Emerati at UCSC, to provide a brief history of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and its effects. Then Joshua Taylor works with Cecilia Chen, a fourth generation Chinese-American looking for facts to support her father's stories of their lineage. Using passport photos, newspaper articles, and immigration records, Taylor shows that some records lead to a dead end - leaving an open genealogical mystery. The clip also features Jennifer Weed whose family has held a grudge towards Henry Ford because of a suspected feud between the automaker and Weed's great-grandfather.

    Grades: 6-12
  • San Francisco: Chapter 3 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Deva Segal who is looking to find out if her ancestors were involved in one of the most significant wars on American soil. Genealogist Kenyatta Berry uses war records from the Civil War and Revolutionary War to shed light on Segal's connections to pivotal moments, and an infamous Major General, in American history.

    Grades: 6-12
  • San Francisco: Chapter 4 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow features historian Eva Sheppard as she briefly introduces Benjamin Franklin's early life. Then Casey Robbins looks to genealogist Joshua Taylor to verify her own research into her family's possible connection to one of America's founding fathers. Using historical census data and a passage from Moby Dick, Taylor is able to provide Robbins with an impressive connection to Franklin. The clip also features bone marrow donor Michael Logan who wants to use his DNA to learn more about his family history.

    Grades: 6-12
  • San Francisco: Chapter 5 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow starts with an exploration of the history of San Francisco's mint. Then, Karla McLaren works with genealogist Joshua Taylor to fill in the missing pieces of her family tree. The clip focuses on Jamie O'Keefe, a fifth generation San Francisco native, who wants to verify her father's story about the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. After a brief explanation of the historic and destructive earthquake, genealogist Kenyatta Berry sifts through census data and business records to finally set O'Keefe's family story straight.

    Grades: 6-12

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