The Genealogy Roadshow is back for a brand new series! The international hit show criss-crossed the nation in search of ordinary people with extraordinary stories
RTE's The Genealogy Roadshow is now an international hit series. PBS in America has already broadcast a US version of the show shot in Detroit, San Francisco, Nashville and Austin, Texas. Season 2 of the US show is on the way.
The original Irish programme is returning to screens on May 11th with a brand new series full of amazing stories. Once again the people of Ireland are the stars of the show. The series will be presented again by Derek Mooney.
The Roadshow's crack historical and genealogical team help people trace their family's roots and discover surprising stories from the past. People from all four provinces got to know the truth about tragic events, infamous ancestors and famous cousins.
Thousands of people contacted the show with questions. Some wanted to know if they were related to someone famous. Others wanted to solve mysteries going back generations. Others had heart-breaking adoption stories and tales of families ravaged by war.
Our team set out to help these people fill in the blanks. The mission is to answer the questions, solve the riddles and uncover the truth. Some people get the news they want but not every tale has a happy ending. In this series, there are tears of pride and joy, as well as fantastic surprises.
The Genealogy Roadshow also sheds light on the people history has forgotten. We look at local and national events and ask who didn't get the credit they deserve? We also take a look at people and events you think you know, but tell the stories you haven't heard before.
This year the show has added technology to the bag of tricks. Historians and witnesses from around the world are able to beam in directly to the roadshow to give expert testimony and corroborate evidence.
Some of the stories involve Irish people in far flung places:
Irish immigrants starting a new life in Argentina were part of an international crisis as thousands were scammed out of their life savings and left stranded in a strange land; An innocent Irish girl was gunned down in a Canadian frontier town, caught up in a local blood feud; A Wexford man was spared a terrible fate at Custer's Last Stand, only to be forgotten by history, until now; A Longford woman went to America and became a notorious criminal in the era of Al Capone.
Some of the stories are closer to home: After years of listening to his father's stories, a Dundalk man finds out once and for all if he is related to St. Oliver Plunkett; A Cork man discovers that his relatives were saved from the gallows by none other than Daniel O'Connell in a famous trial; We hear the tale of an Orangeman's wife who kept her Catholic identity a secret, even from her family, for her whole life; And there's even some myth-busting in this series as we delve into the mystery of 'The Lost Village of Audleystown' to see if there's any evidence to back up the story of a village full of families who were forcibly migrated to the USA by a wicked land owner who levelled their homes.
This original Irish programme is back on your screens from Sunday 11th May at 7pm on RTE One.