Mar 1, 2010 - News

The Final Episode of Faces of America

Faces of America is a four-part series in which Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uses genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans in an effort to understand what made the United States the place it is today.

The final episode, “Know Thyself” airs this Wednesday (March 3) on PBS.   In this segment, DNA is used when the genealogical paper trails ends. It gives the participants an even deeper understanding of who they are and where they came from.

All of the participants who chose to learn about their genetics were analyzed using the 23andMe Ancestry Edition.  Our scientists Joanna Mountain and Brenna Henn helped with the analysis. They used  the participants’ mitochondrial and Y chromosome haplogroups, global origins and ancestry paintings.

In addition to learning about their ancestors, Faces of America guests who choose to participate in our new Relative Finder feature will join the thousands of other people who now have the ability to find living relatives based on their DNA.

If you haven’t been watching this series, there’s still time to catch up. Watch episodes on what well-known Americans Stephen Colbert, Louise Erdrich, Malcolm Gladwell, and Eva Longoria have learned about their family histories.   The first three episodes are all available online:

Episode 1: Our American Stories

Episode 2: Becoming American

Episode 3: Making America

Check your local listings for Faces of America here.

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