We’re very fortunate this winter. We don’t have to venture outdoors in the bitter Michigan cold for our genealogical “fix.” Here are some interesting hearthside viewing opportunities.

Where do America’s most prominent people come from? That’s the question scholar Henry Louis Gates set out to answer in a new series appropriately called “Faces of America,” which traces the genealogy of famous Americans. Faces of America is an upcoming PBS programme that starts on 10 February – details are here:


The new alternative series on NBC “Who Do You Think You Are?” from Lisa Kudrow will premiere Friday, March 5 (8-9 p.m. ET). Don’t miss it.


On both of the above series, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak has done research on some of the episodes. (Hint: Make sure you save the evening of Friday, November 5th and Saturday, November 6th for our WMGS Annual Seminar – Megan S. comes to Grand Rapids!).

And if you have access to Brigham Young University TV (Channel 9403 on Dish Network) they have an ongoing series that recently started called “The Generations Project”