This past week marked the premiere of the new season of the popular PBS television series Genealogy Roadshow.
The show, part detective story and part emotional journey, combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans. This season, the show follows a diverse cast of participants on an emotional journey that uses history and science to uncover their fascinating family stories. Each individual’s past will link to a larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of America. The programs feature participants from six American cities — Albuquerque, Miami, Houston, Boston, Providence and Los Angeles — who want to explore a genealogical mystery.
We chatted via email with Mary Tedesco, co-host of Genealogy Roadshow and Founder of ORIGINS ITALY, a firm specializing in Italian-American American genealogical research, about her show, her firm and uncovered a little bit about her Italian heritage.
Ciao Pittsburgh: For our readers who are not familiar with your show, can you please give them an overview of Genealogy Roadshow?
Mary: Genealogy Roadshow is the perfect complement to the mega-trending family history movement in America. People really want to find out from where they came; to whom they are related; and, by association, who they are. The series brings to the TV audience personal family histories—stories that unfold in surprising and often emotional ways; stories that make you laugh, make you tear up and cry, or maybe just nod and smile. Transcending nationalities, ethnicities, races and cultures, the program underscores the noble idea that we share life through understanding and empathy. I think Genealogy Roadshow illustrates that people are not so different from one another, but are a part of the same humanity. Or as my great grandmother always said, “All people are like us.” Our new season of Genealogy Roadshow airs on PBS every Tuesday from May 17, 2016 through June 28, 2016 @ 8:00 PM EDT / 7:00 PM CDT.