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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.

Cyndi Lauper, Jamie Chung and Danny Trejo uncover the stories of their immigrant ancestors
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the roots of actors Brian Cox and Viola Davis.
Comedians Carol Burnett and Niecy Nash discover scandals hidden within their roots.
FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., Season Eight is a production of McGee Media, Inkwell Media, Kunhardt Films and WETA Washington, D.C. Corporate support for FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., Season Eight is provided by Ancestry and Johnson & Johnson. Support is also provided by Ford Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and by The Inkwell Society and its members Candace King Weir; Lloyd Carney Foundation; Jim and Susan Swartz; Sheryl Sandberg and Tom Bernthal; Anne Wojcicki; Hayward and Kathy Draper; and Nicole Commissiong and Darnell Armstrong. Major support is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Broadway stars Leslie Odom, Jr. and Nathan Lane meet a cast of inspiring ancestors.
Terry Crews and Tony Danza find they aren’t the first in their families to beat the odds.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. investigates the family history of Roy Wood, Jr. and Lewis Black.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines the family histories of Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discovers the lineages that claim Glenn Close and John Waters.
Diane Von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez, and RuPaul Charles discover surprising roots.
Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, and Kehinde Wiley discover surprising rates.
Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, and Lidia Bastianich discover surprising roots.
Gayle King, Jordan Peele, and Issa Rae discover surprising roots.
Nancy Pelosi, Norah O’Donnell, and Zac Posen discover surprising roots.
Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the stories of Ty Burrell and Joe Madison.
Marina Abramović, Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Kehinde Wiley learn their family histories.
Julia Roberts learns about the harsh living conditions of her Swedish Ancestors.
Edward Norton knew a lot about his family history, but was unaware of one shocking death.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes Claire Danes and Jeff Daniels on a journey into their roots.
Edward Norton and Julia Roberts discover their hidden connections to American history.
The countdown to the Season 9 premiere of Finding Your Roots is on!
Renowned scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. returns for a new season of FINDING YOUR ROOTS
Get ready for a new season of Finding Your Roots!
André Leon Talley reads a will in which his ancestor was given away as slave property.
When Amy Carlson's sixth great-grandfather died in battle, one of his sons replaced him.
André Leon Talley learns that his grandfather was stationed in France in WWI.
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