LPB wants your family stories


Genealogy Roadshow, which first premiered nationally on LPB and other PBS stations last fall, is seeking Louisiana participants to share their families’ stories for season two. Some of these stories could be part of two episodes taping in New Orleans on Sept. 5 and 6.

Part detective story, part emotional journey, Genealogy Roadshow combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans. The producers are looking for Louisiana residents with interesting stories who want to explore their family history. Chosen stories will be researched by a team of local experts and will be linked to the larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of Louisiana and America.

Individuals with intriguing stories are encouraged to submit them online at genealogyroadshow.org/tell-your-story.

The episodes, which will be filmed before a live audience, will air on LPB and PBS in 2015 as part of Genealogy Roadshow’s second season. The filming location, airdate and a list of the other cities being featured in season two will be announced at a later date.

After participants are chosen, genealogy, history and DNA experts will use family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information. These experts will enlist the help of local historians to add color and context to the investigations, ensuring every artifact and every name becomes a clue in solving the mystery.

Louisiana residents are invited to submit their personal stories as Genealogy Roadshow will unearth family and community secrets, reveal notable relatives and discover unexpected stories that connect the past to the present. Many answers will be revealed on camera before a local audience, in a historic building relevant to the cities – and the participants’ – histories. 

For more information, call Margaret Schlaudecker at LPB at (800) 272-8161 ext. 4276 or (225) 767-4276, or email her at mschlaudecker@lpb.org.

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