Providence Public Library's Hosts Visit on Sunday, October 4

WGBH and WSBE Rhode Island PBS host production at historic locations; general public invited to watch tapings, be part of the show, and get their own family history questions answered –

Boston, MA & Providence, RI; September 28, 2015 – PBS, WGBH and WSBE Rhode Island PBS announced today that GENEALOGY ROADSHOW will tape New England-based episodes for the acclaimed series’ third season in Boston on Saturday, October 3, and Providence on Sunday, October 4. Preselected regional family stories will be explored during both tapings, but producers invite members of the general public to attend the tapings, be part of the action, and have their own family history questions answered by genealogical experts available on site. Those wishing to attend the tapings in either city can get details here.

Part detective story, part emotional journey, GENEALOGY ROADSHOW combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans.  In preparation for the tapings, show producers sought New England residents who have (or believe they have) interesting or significant family stories.  Their claims and questions were researched by a team of experts who use genealogical knowledge, history and DNA results as well as family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information. In doing so, the team often found unknown or unexpected links to the larger community histories, revealing the deep cultural and familial tapestries of the Boston and Providence regions and how they related to the larger American story.  The show’s participants will not know the results of the research which will be revealed on camera before a live local audience.

Two of the oldest cities in America, Boston and Providence boast rich and diverse histories. Colonized by early settlers and considered epicenters of the Revolutionary War, these centuries-old maritime hubs represent a mix of traditional and modern elements, and both remain worldwide destinations for visitors who love American history.

GENEALOGY ROADSHOW’s New England themed episode will be filmed before live audiences and will air on PBS next year as part of the show’s third season (additional details to be announced at a later date).  Boston segments, featuring surprising and emotional reveals, will be filmed at historic Faneuil Hall on Saturday, October 3.  Providence stories, full of local history and unexpected personal connections, will be filmed at the Providence Public Library on October 4.  Additional details are below.

Boston Details

Providence Details

Saturday October 3, 2015

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Faneuil Hall

1 Faneuil Hall Square

Boston, MA 02109



Sunday October 4, 2015

8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Providence Public Library

150 Empire Street

Providence, RI 02903



“PBS is excited to support the third season of Genealogy Roadshow, and to bring our production to two of America’s most history-rich cities,” said Bill Gardner, PBS’ Vice President for Programming and Development and native New Englander.  “For two seasons this series has illustrated a wide diversity of American stories that reached far back into many communities’ histories.  But in New England, there are especially rich and especially deep stories that harken back to the very founding of our country.  It’s thrilling to be unearthing exciting new personal histories.”

“Boston and Providence are a natural fit for Genealogy Roadshow,” says executive producer Stuart Krasnow. “The cities’ hospitality, rich background and historical roots date back well before the Revolutionary War.  And the stories of many families we’ve researched here are set with the origins of America as the backdrop.”

Funding for GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is provided by Ancestry.

GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is produced by Krasnow Productions. President and owner Stuart Krasnow is a longtime television industry veteran, having worked for all of the country’s top broadcasters in news and entertainment, as well as at numerous cable networks as a creator and executive producer. Under his banner, Krasnow has developed and produced series in almost every genre of unscripted television for numerous broadcast and cable networks. The series is executive-produced by TV veteran Carlos Ortiz, who has produced mega-hits for almost every major network on television. He brings 20 years of development and producing experience to the table and returns to PBS for his third season on the series.

“The Genealogy Roadshow” has been a huge hit in Ireland, where national public broadcaster RTE commissioned this original format from producer Big Mountain Productions. 

About Big Mountain Productions

Big Mountain originated the GENEALOGY ROADSHOW format, and recently aired its second hit season in Ireland on RTE Television. Run by husband-and-wife team Jane Kelly and Philip McGovern — who are former BBC/RTE executive producers — Big Mountain originates and produces television shows for national broadcasters, specializing in hybrid shows that combine great content and entertainment value, including The Tenements, Life in the Big House, Craftmaster, Living the Eviction and the music-mentoring show Jam. For more information: bigmountainproductions.com

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About WGBH:

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Arthur, Curious George and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH also is a major supplier of programming for public radio, and oversees Public Radio International (PRI). As a leader in educational multimedia for the classroom, WGBH supplies content to PBS LearningMedia, a national broadband service for teachers and students. WGBH also is a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to those with hearing or visual impairments. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors. More info at www.wgbh.org.

About WSBE:

WSBE Rhode Island PBS is operated by the Rhode Island PBS Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. WSBE Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the PBS network of public broadcasting stations, and uses the power of noncommercial media to educate, engage, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut since 1967. WSBE-TV delivers content on three channels: Rhode Island PBS (digital 36.1), Learn (digital 36.2), and Spanish-language content on Vme (36.3). For more information about programs and education services at WSBE, visit www.ripbs.org.

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