Since the premiere of his groundbreaking series, African American Lives, in 2006 through the first two seasons of Finding Your Roots, noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has unearthed the family histories of influential people helping shape our national identity. Professor Gates utilizes a team of genealogists to reconstruct the paper trail left behind by our ancestors and the world’s leading geneticists to decode our DNA and help us travel thousands of years into the past to discover the origins of our earliest forebears.Visit Finding Your Roots Website
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Watch episode six, "War Stories" with Patricia Arquette, John McCain, Julianne Moore.
Discover the risk-taking ancestors of Richard Branson, Maya Lin and Frank Gehry.
Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Bill Hader discover their ancestry in Finding Your Roots.
Learn about the ancestors of Maya Rudolph, Shonda Rhimes and Keenen Ivory Wayans.
Explore the shared Irish ancestry of three powerful social commentators of our times.
Watch a clip of Finding Your Roots, episode one, with guest Donna Brazile.
Alan Dershowitz discovers the crucial role his family's synagogue played during WWII.
Secrets encoded in their genomes challenge guests’ ideas about their family histories.
Jessica Alba learns more about her Mexican-American family's immigration experience.
Expert CeCe Moore uses Autosomal DNA analysis to trace Deval Patrick's family history.
David Sedaris discovers his maternal 4th Great-Grandfather, a Revolutionary War soldier.
George Stephanopoulos learns that his Great-Grandfather resisted Nazi occupation in WW2.
Tina Fey discovers her 5th Great-Grandfather, once an esteemed guest of Ben Franklin.
Uncover family mysteries of two legends of hip hop through the use of DNA technology.
John McCain traces his ancestry in Finding Your Roots, "War Stories."
Preview Julianne Moore in "War Stories," episode six of Finding Your Roots.
Learn about the history and legacy of Patricia Arquette's family in Finding Your Roots.
John McCain explores his past in Finding Your Roots.
Julianne Moore tells Henry Louis Gates, Jr. about her family and childhood.
Uncover Patricia Arquette's family history in Finding Your Roots.
See how military connects families of Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore and John McCain.