Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Returns January 5, 2016

Finding Your Roots

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited that Finding Your Roots is back again despite the Ben Affleck controversy. Oh yes! You see, when the decision was made to “scrub” any mention of Affleck’s slave-owning ancestors from his feature story last year, the truth still came out. Then producers found themselves in a very AWKWARD place of having to defend the integrity of the show to the public (you can read more about the controversy here). So, hopefully everyone involved has learned a valuable lesson here. And to Ben Affleck, slavery happened. Deal with it because you’re not the “only” white person in America to have slave-owning ancestors in your family tree! Well enough said about the past, check out season three details below!

The Stories We Tell
Season Three — Preview
Premiere date: January 5, 2016 @ 8/7 CST (check your local listing)

Since the première 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 uses a team of genealogists to reconstruct the paper trail left 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.

In season three of Finding Your Roots, Henry, Louis Gates, Jr. traces the ancestral trails of 28 new guests including Maya Rudolph, Richard Branson, Soledad O’Brien, Bill Hader, Julianne Moore, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Senator John McCain, Norman Lear, Shonda Rhimes, and more.

Temple University Photo

Share Your Story

Every family has a unique genealogical journey just waiting to be unlocked. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. asks you to share your own online at this link –


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