Friday, January 29, 2010

Genetic Genealogy Faces of America

by Janet Crain

Fire up the VCR, DVD recorder or Tivo for this series set to air beginning February 10, 2010. It sounds to be very interesting.

Famous 'Faces' explored with Henry Louis Gates

Gatesx-blog200 Kicking off February 10, Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. investigates the family history and DNA-tested ancestry of a dozen Americans: Elizabeth Alexander, Mario Batali, Stephen Colbert, Louise Erdrich, Malcolm Gladwell, Yo-Yo Ma, Mike Nichols, Queen Noor, Dr. Oz, Eva Longoria, Meryl Streep and Kristi Yamaguchi (pictured with Gates).

How many of the revelations were a surprise to Yamaguchi? "90 percent of it I didn't know...A lot is revealed."

She might have learned even more, but in Japan, where her grandparents are from, records are destroyed 75 years after the person's death. There were no such problems for Eva Longoria, whose American history can be traced to her family's arrival here in 1603; Yo-Yo Ma, who is presented with a document that goes back to 1217; or Queen Noor, whose family records go back to 476 AD.

Who will he do next? He doesn't know, but Gates thinks Sarah Palin would be fun. "Rogue DNA."

Genetic Genealogy on Faces of America

Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. airs on Wednesdays, February 10 – March 3, 2010 from 8-9 p.m. ET on PBS.

Eva Longoria, Meryl Streep, Mario Batali, Stephen Colbert, Malcolm Gladwell, Yo-Yo Ma, Mike Nichols, Kristi Yamaguchi, Elizabeth Alexander, Queen Noor and Louise Erdrich have all submitted DNA tests for a new PBS television series FACES OF AMERICA.

Watch the trailer here:

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