Irish “Genealogy Road Show” to Feature Ordinary Folks

A reworked version of Ireland’s broadcaster, RTE’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” will aid families to trace their genealogy.

Sir Earnest Shackleton The television program had concentrated on celebrities in the past but the new show “Genealogy Roadshow” will feature “ordinary folk” and their ancestors.

It is their hope that the show “will do for genealogy what The Antiques Roadshow has done for antiques”.

The show presented by Derek Mooney will begin filming on Sunday, January 16 at Carton House, in Maynooth. The experts will help solve family mysteries and discover celebrated ancestors.

The productions company, Big Mountain Productions, are especially looking for ancestors of Arthur Guinness and the explorer Ernest Shackleton, Kildare’s most famous sons. They will also be seeking connection to Dublin-born rebel leader Theobald Wolfe Tone.

From the December 30, 2010 edition of Irish Central.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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