CET Celebrates Finding Your Roots


March 19, 2012

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CET Celebrates Finding Your Roots

New PBS series with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores race, culture and identity through genealogy and genetics.


Henry Louis Gates, Jr. returns to CET March 25, with the new program Finding Your Roots. In this 10-part series, airing Sundays at 8pm on CET, Gates journeys deep into the ancestry of a group of remarkable individuals and provides new understanding of personal identity and American history.

Working closely with leading U.S. genealogists and ancestry experts from around the world, Gates and his production team comb through family stories to discover unknown histories and relatives the guests never knew existed. When paper trails end for each story, the team turns to top geneticists and DNA diagnosticians (such as the genetic testing service 23 & Me) to analyze each participant’s genetic code, tracing their bloodlines and occasionally debunking their long-held notions and beliefs. Finding Your Roots guests include Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, John Legend, Harry Connick, Jr., Robert Downy, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice, Barbara Walters, Michelle Rodriguez, Mayor Corey Booker and many others.

To help celebrate this new program, CET – Greater Cincinnati’s PBS station – has put together a list of local resources and events to help viewers look into their own genealogy and celebrate their family’s history. In addition, CET has produced two special genealogy-focused videos featuring attorney and statesman Stanley J. Aronoff and Patricia Van Skaik, manager of the genealogy collection at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. These videos will be broadcast around the premiere of Finding Your Roots and will be scheduled for repeat broadcasts during upcoming episodes of the series.

Aronoff, who was born and raised in Cincinnati, has been a practicing attorney for more than 50 years. He has been an active in state and national politics, serving six years in the Ohio House and 30 years in the Ohio Senate. During his time with the senate, Aronoff chaired the Finance Committee and served as the President pro temp and the Ohio Senate President.

In addition to managing the library’s genealogy collection, Skaik is an author, web developer, conservatory, curriculum leader for distance learning classes and Trustee of the Ohio Genealogy Society. She lectures on a wide variety of subjects and serves as the project manager for the preservation and exhibition of the extant photograph of urban America.

To watch these videos, explore the local resources and learn more about Finding Your Roots, visit www.CETconnect.org/finding-your-roots. This special page also includes a number of CET archived videos about genealogy and family histories.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a production of Kunhardt McGee Productions, Inkwell Films and WNET in association with Ark Media. WNET is the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York’s public television stations and operator of NJTV. For nearly 50 years, WNET has been producing and broadcasting national and local documentaries and other programs for the New York community.

Corporate funding is provided by The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s and American Express. Additional funding is provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Ford Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts. Support is also provided by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS.3


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