The 11 Best Genealogy TV Shows for Quaran-streaming

Uncategorized Jul 07, 2020

Trying to avoid public places and coronavirus?  When you take a break for working on your genealogy,  there are a variety of great genealogy shows to chose to stream right now. All educational, inspirational, and entertaining!

I took an informal poll in my Family History Heroes facebook group and here are the top 11 shows we're tuning into.

1. Finding Your Roots

Using records and DNA, Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores the roots of celebrities and influential people from diverse backgrounds, revealing the connections that bind us all.

Available one PBS and Amazon Prime.

2. Who do You Think You Are

Based on the wildly popular UK series, viewers get an inside look at the family histories of popular celebrities. Spoiler alert, nearly every celebrity is moved to tears! Celebs, they’re just like us.

Stream on Hulu and Amazon PrimeVideo.

3. The Genetic Detective

True crime meets genealogy! ABC News' all-new series, "The Genetic Detective," follows investigative genetic genealogist CeCe Moore as she uses her unique research skills to transform the face of crime solving. By working with police departments and crime scene DNA, Moore is able to trace the path of a violent criminal's family tree to reveal their identity and help bring them to justice. 

Watch on ABC and HULU.

4. We’ll Meet Again

We'll Meet Again features dramatic reunions of people whose lives crossed at pivotal moments. Great show for history buffs.

Watch on PBS

5. Genealogy Roadshow

Based on the smash-hit Antique Roadshow, real people from across the country bring the genealogy mysteries to experts. It’s an emotional journey that uses history and science to uncover their fascinating family stories. 

Watch on PBS

6. Strange Inheritance

Fox News Channel anchor Jamie Colby hosts this series that explores stories of unconventional inheritances. Most people leave big-ticket items like cash, jewelry and real estate in their wills. Then there are folks who leave beneficiaries items that are more unique.

Watch on Fox.

7. Long Lost Family

Hosted by Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner, this show follows the touching stories of people who have suffered a lifetime of separation and are yearning to be reunited with their birth parents and biological families or find children they had to place for adoption long ago.

Watch on TLC.

8. A New Leaf

Part of NBC's Saturday mornings program “The More You Know,” A New Leaf follows people as they discover their family history and into all areas of research, including records and DNA. This is a great show to watch with kids. 

Watch on NBC.

9. Relative Race

If you like genealogy and the reality show Amazing Race, this show is for you! This race unlike any other, four teams take a 10-day journey across the country to discover new relatives and compete for a $50,000 grand prize. Using the contestant's DNA as a road map, this first-of-its-kind, genealogy-based reality show is all about meeting family, completing challenges, and racing against the clock! Watch on BYUtvs 

Watch on BYUtv.

10. Ancestors

This 23-episode series from BYUtv explores family history records from around the globe, weaving expert genealogy how-to with moving personal stories. You’ll learn about doing genealogy research and get inspired. 

Watch for free at BYUtv.

11. Roots Less Traveled

Each week on "Roots Less Traveled," a new pair will set out on an adventure to solve a mystery in their family tree. From rumors of a relative who sailed on the Titanic to stories of homesteaders forging a new path for future generations, the duo will discover the truth behind the tales that have been passed down in their family.

Watch on NBC.


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