Posted by Ancestry Team on May 13, 2016 in Genealogy Roadshow

From possible descendants of Salem Witch Trial victims to heroes of the Wild West, PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow uncovers more family secrets in the series’ third season, which premieres Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. ET and airs Tuesdays through June 28. (Check local listings.) Part detective story, part emotional journey, Genealogy Roadshow combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans this season in and around Albuquerque, Miami, Houston, Boston, Providence, and Los Angeles. Each story links to the larger regional (and often, national) history, to become part of America’s rich cultural tapestry.

L-R: GENEALOGY ROADSHOW hosts Mary Tedesco, Joshua Taylor and Kenyatta D. Berry at the show’s taping in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall. Credit: Craig Bailey
L-R: GENEALOGY ROADSHOW hosts Mary Tedesco, Joshua Taylor and Kenyatta D. Berry at the show’s taping in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall.
Credit: Craig Bailey

Genealogy Roadshow brings together genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor, and Mary Tedesco with everyday people whose unique family claims form the basis for significant roadshow stories. Among this season’s mysteries: A man seeks to find out if he is descended from Boston’s key founders; a woman explores connections to an ancestor’s participation in the Manhattan Project; a couple hopes to recover the true story of their family pharmacy during Hollywood’s Golden Age; and a woman learns of her family’s involvement in the Trail of Tears.

Over the course of the series and from coast-to-coast, Berry, Taylor and Tedesco work with participants’ anecdotal clues, documents and family heirlooms to reveal surprising turns and incredible personal histories, filling in lost family details and in some cases, introducing them to relatives and other important people they never knew existed.

Catch teasers for what you can expect from the upcoming season,

Albuquerque – The Old Airport Terminal

Premieres May 17, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET

A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the Old Albuquerque Airport Terminal. They include a woman seeking a connection to a Native-American code talker who learns that a missing branch of her family tree has been searching for her; a man who is shocked to find out just how deep his New Mexican roots go; a woman who finds out that her ancestor’s life was straight out of a Wild West tale; another who questions her family connection to the explosive Trinity Test; one man is linked to a famous comic book heroine; and a woman looks to verify family lore about a connection to Pancho Villa.

Miami – History Miami Museum

Premieres May 24, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET

At the History Miami Museum, one woman suspects she is related to Pocahontas; another explores the mystery of her Cuban roots, uncovering her grandfather’s secret past; a man learns more about his Filipino heritage and the impact of World War II on his ancestors; the team reveals how the history of the tragic Tuskegee experiment changed a woman’s family forever; and a woman comes to the Roadshow thinking her ancestor was a villain, only to learn he was a hero.

Houston – Downtown Houston Public Library

Premieres May 31, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET

A woman seeks to find out if her roots in Texas are as deep as the character she portrays in her historical re-enactments; at the Julia Ideson Building of the Houston Public Library; the Roadshow team investigates the notorious Andersonville prison; a man wants to know if his African-American ancestors fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War; a woman uncovers her link to a prominent figure in Texas history; another learns of her connection to the Cherokee Freedmen; and one man traces his roots to the conflicts that shaped early American history. 

Boston – Faneuil Hall

Premieres June 14, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET

At an iconic Boston landmark, Faneuil Hall, a team of genealogists unravels the haunting mystery of one woman’s ties to the Salem Witch Trials; another woman seeks to understand her family’s connection to the historic orphan trains; a woman seeks to find out whether the Great Boston Fire of 1872 or the small pox epidemic claimed the lives of one branch of her family tree; for one man, the team researches a link to the founders of Boston; and one woman learns that her family’s remarkable route went from the Caribbean through Ellis Island.

Providence – Providence Public Library

Premieres June 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET

At the Providence Public Library, the passport of a woman’s ancestor reveals how her family survived the Holocaust and ended up halfway around the world; a woman discovers more about an African-American relative who served in World War I; experts unlock the mystery of one man’s Amish ties; a woman discovers how deep her roots run in the New England whaling industry; a Rhode Island macaroni company takes a woman all the way back to Italy; and one man’s search for his ancestor reveals a scandal that made headlines.

Los Angeles Union Station

Premieres June 28, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET

A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at Los Angeles Union Station. A woman questions her family’s connection to the legendary Hollywood hot-spot, Schwab’s Pharmacy; another seeks a connection to one of the first African-American college graduates; a woman’s family tree is wrapped in a genealogical web that has captivated the Roadshow team for years; one man’s ancestor lived in the right places at the right times, finding himself connected to historic events and iconic companies; a woman discovers a scoundrel in her family tree; and a Roadshow host shares a unique insight on the Ellis Island immigration experience.

Tune in to Genealogy Roadshow Tuesday, May 17 at 8/7c on PBS!

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Want more Genealogy Roadshow before the premiere? Visit Genealogy Roadshow for clips from past episodes, genealogy research tips from the hosts and more exclusive content from the show.



  1. Ferjentsik

    FERJENTSIK surname meaning
    The surname Ferjentsik comes from the German word “die Ferien”. This surname holder is of German origin, coming to northen Hungary´s mountain area (now Slovakia) in the 15th century as minediggers (miners), mining for non-ferrous metals, namely: gold, silver, copper etc. and coal. Although this was hard work, it meant that they didn´t have to work in fields as serfs. “Ferien” in German means free time (holiday). These miners were released from compulsory field works in the serfdom period and therefore they were “Feriens” – free men. The surname with time changed by ending -tsik, -csik, -čik (read: -tchick) as a very frequent ending of surnames in Slovak language that means “small”. It´s also very interesting that perhaps all ancestors of holders of this surname come from the mining area of central Slovakia.
    Source: Koloman Ferjentsik, Prague (Czech Republic)


    I am looking forward to your show. I learn something helpful every time, although I have not yet solved some of our family mysteries, especially one about my mother’s paternal line. I am ever hopeful I will find out more and I have learned so much about the history of our world in the process. It has been fascinating.

  3. Lauren Davis

    Does the DNA testing just show your ancestral countries or does it give other information? I’m confused.

    • Jessica Murray

      @Lauren, AncestryDNA shows both your ethnic breakdown and offers possible cousin matches which may help prove or disprove your existing family history research. You can learn more about our autosomal DNA test here:

      Let us know if you have any further questions.

  4. Sarah Matthews

    A constituent contacted us asking if there is a way to find if his father (who passed 3 years ago) could also be deserving the award another person got in the Philippines. His dad was there in 1945. He wants to know what he needs to prove it. Mahalo for your consideration to this request.

  5. Madeleine Gill

    Is it possible that Mary Tedesco ancestors came from Termini-Imerese, Sicily, Italy

  6. Judy Vaughan

    My husband is an attorney and I am a retired banker. We have been searching our families for roughly 20 years. We were very disappointed to see Kenyatta Berry explain that a “signature” X with his (above) and mark (below) first name (left) and surname (right) means that the person KNEW how to write. We both learned that it meant that the individual could NOT write.
    Our concern is that people watching, who are trying to search their families, will learn incorrectly. We would hope that you would do better. Genealogy is mostly a science – dealing in facts – in this case, he could NOT write.
    We do enjoy the show – we’ve seen every episode – and look forward to the next one. Be on top of your game !

  7. Robert Mitchell

    My sister has followed our grandmother’s side of the family, using only parents. She has traced our roots back nearly 2000 years to about 30 ad. Along the way, her findings show us as related directly to the German musician Wagner, four American Indians of different tribes, some Aztec Indians, the Spanish explorer Coronado, Christopher Columbus, four saints, several kings of France, one of the wives of Henry VIII, not to mention Atilla the Hun. Every week or so she seems to find another notable person in history we are related to. With nearly 2000 years of lineage the ancestors that come to mind include Hispanic, Indian (North and Central America), Italian, Greek, Turkish, German, and French. They represent distinctly different faiths along the way as well.

  8. Janet Kuhner

    Mary Tedesco revealed on the Boston show that with Irish Civil registration info you can find info about extra generations. All I get is the index and can’t view the entire registration info. I called but couldn’t help. Please help me Thanks

  9. Janet Sinclair

    I have gotten no where past my 1st ggrandfather’s refusal to discuss his family in a biography written by his son.. WERE THEY TORIES or LOYALISTS? Records are scarce for names of either. Is there a list somewhere?

  10. Melissa Sumpter

    I’m just wondering if you’ll be coming to Connecticut? My mother grew up being told by her grandmother that she was a daughter or descendent of Geronimo, I’ve always been told the same story by my mother that Geronimo is her great grandfather. My older sister and I have also been told we are of Blackfeet heritage. I would love to find my family history but don’t have much information.

  11. Becky White

    When will you come to Ohio? My 3-grt grandfather was born in Conn. but I can’t find info on his parents.

  12. Marion Connell

    Love the show but wish the hosts would not use their hands so much when meeting with a guest. It’s very distracting!

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