Relatives We Never Knew We Had

Two guests whose lives have been shaped by family mysteries are introduced to biological ancestors they never knew they had thanks to genetic detective work.

Gaby Hoffman traces the roots of the father she barely knew, exploring a long-held family rumor that her grandfather was illegitimate. In the end, DNA analysis allows her to learn the true identity of her great-grandfather, a Frenchman who abandoned a wife and child in New York to return home to fight in World War I, only to strike up a romance with a French nurse after becoming injured on the battlefield.

DNA also allows Téa Leoni to learn the true identities and stories of her maternal grandparents, a school teacher and paper mill worker-turned-World War II veteran.

Following the paper trail, both guests take these newfound lines back to the 18th century, and then further back over a thousand years.

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About Season Four

Season four of Finding Your Roots series moves fluidly from Asia and Africa to Europe and the Americas, uniting us all through emotional moments that enrich and enlighten—encouraging us to look at our world through a wider, more inclusive lens. Learn more here.

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