Stars’ Family Tree Questions Answered

On Finding Your Roots, notables discover their origins. Here are some of the big reveals.

Image 1
  • images2Fslides2Fcondi-rice-050212-400mr
    PBS

    Condoleezza Rice

    What sobering fact did Rice learn about her grandmother?

    Click here to find out.

  • images2Fslides2Fmaggie-gyllenhaal-050212-400mr
    PBS

    Maggie Gyllenhaal

    What is the origin of the actress’ last name?

    Click here to find out.

  • images2Fslides2Frick-warren-050212-400mr
    PBS

    Rick Warren

    Just how far back do this mega-church pastor’s roots go?

    Click here to find out.

  • images2Fslides2Frobert-downey-jr-050212-400mr
    PBS

    Robert Downey Jr.

    The Iron Man star had a hunch that his ancestors came across the Atlantic early on in America’s history, but just how early did their boat set sail?

    Click here to find out.

     

  • images2Fslides2Fruth-simmons-050212-400mr
    PBS

    Ruth Simmons

    The Ivy League university president may have learned some new things about her ancestors, but what present-day surprise put it all in perspective?

    Click here to find out. 

  • images2Fslides2Fsamuel-jackson-050212-400mr
    PBS

    Samuel L. Jackson

    Just how far back does the Academy Award-nominated actor’s American heritage go?

    Click here to find out.

  • images2Fslides2Fgeoffrey-canada-050212-400mr
    PBS

    Geoffrey Canada

    What unique discovery did the Harlem Children’s Zone president and CEO make on Finding Your Roots?

    Click here to find out.

  • images2Fslides2Fsanjay_gupta_finding_your_roots_050212_400jrw
    PBS

    Sanjay Gupta

    Where are generations of the CNN medical expert’s family history buried?

    Click here to find out.

  • images2Fslides2Fmartha_stewart_050212_400jrw
    PBS

    Martha Stewart

    Where does the lifestyle guru’s skill come from?

    Click here to find out.

  • images2Fslides2Flikeusslide_575jrw_1
    Meredith Rizzo/The Root

    Like Us

    Want more of The Root? Like us on Facebook