Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a documentary, genealogy TV series created and released in the USA. The release was carried out by PBS channel with the first season release date on the 25th of March 2012. In every new episode the main member of the cast and the presenter of the project, Henry Louis Gates Jr. deals with discovering of celebrities’ ancestral histories. Season 2 started on the 23rd of September 2014. Season 3 started on the 5th of January 2016. Finding Your Roots season 4 release date is unknown yet, but the project is still going.
The series concentrates on a traditional research of genealogy and genetics of American celebrities. Among the techniques used in the show, there are various types of DNA analyses involved in order to define recent and old genetic relationships. The show featured numerous histories of celebrities’ families of African, Asian, Greek, Chinese, Indian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, and Latin American heritage.
Every participant of the show is given a book containing all info that the professional team of the show managed to find out. In the book, the celebrities can find genetic results with thorough explanations and a constructed family combined with paper research and copies of historical documents and records. Each tree is assembled with photos of recently found family members. Sometimes the guests if this DNA investigation reunite with their long-lost relatives. The guest typically sits in front of the presenter guiding him or her through the book of life.
Common people participate in the project all along with celebrities and it happens quite often. The presenter adds these stories as the third and even fourth storyline for the episode. They can be Gates’s friends or even students from the local school.
There were troubles with the release of the third season of Finding Your Roots. The airing had to be postponed because Ben Affleck wanted to conceal the information Gates managed to find about his ancestors. They turned out to be slave-owners. That’s why season 4 started on the 5th of January 2016.
4th Season Air Date
PBS shares no info about the future of the series, so no one knows when we will see the continuation of this thought provoking documentary. As soon as the producers share more info about Finding Your Roots series, we will share it with our users. Stay tuned not to miss another new episode!