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Out of the Past

Henry Louis Gates uncovers the lost roots of actors Billy Crudup and Tamera Mowry-Housley.


Journalists Jim Acosta and Van Jones uncover the ancestors who blazed a trail for them.

And Still I Rise

Henry Louis Gates reveals the unexpected family trees of Angela Y. Davis and Jeh Johnson


David Duchovny and Richard Kind trace their Jewish roots from Eastern Europe to the US.

Family: Lost and Found

Joe Manganiello and Tony Gonzalez discover close relatives whose names they’ve never heard

Rising From the Ashes

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the roots of actors Brian Cox and Viola Davis.

Far from Home

Cyndi Lauper, Jamie Chung and Danny Trejo uncover the stories of their immigrant ancestors

Secret Lives

Comedians Carol Burnett and Niecy Nash discover scandals hidden within their roots.

Salem's Lot

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes Claire Danes and Jeff Daniels on a journey into their roots.

Hidden Kin

We explore Edward Norton and Julia Roberts' roots, revealing their hidden connections.

About Finding Your Roots

For more than a decade, renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has helped to expand America’s sense of itself, stimulating a national conversation about identity with humor, wisdom, and compassion. Professor Gates has explored the ancestry of dozens of influential people from diverse backgrounds, taking millions of viewers deep into the past to reveal the connections that bind us all.

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