African American Lives 2

Yesterday the producers of last year’s popular PBS series “African American Lives” and “Oprah’s Roots” announced that they are seeking applications from people who are interested in participating in “African American Lives 2.” The producers plan to air the program in February 2008, and it will once again be hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. One lucky participant will have their genealogy mapped through a combination of traditional genealogical research and DNA analysis. You can read the full press release here.

Note that applications must be submitted by submitted by 6:00 PM on Friday, May 4, so if you believe that you have “discernible (or at least anecdotal) African ancestry”, as the FAQ section states, you should apply immediately. This type of dedicated research is undoubtedly worth thousands of dollars and could be an amazing opportunity.

I have previously written about African American Lives here and here.

Blaine Bettinger

Intellectual property attorney, genealogist, and author of The Genetic Genealogist since 2007