New RTE show helps you trace ancestors

Adelina Campos

THE public will be able to trace their family genealogy in a reworked version of RTE's Who Do You Think You Are?

Until now the television programme has concentrated on celebrities and their ancestors -- but now a spin-off, the Genealogy Roadshow, will feature "ordinary folk" and their ancestors.

Big Mountain Productions, the company behind RTE's Traffic Cops, is filming the pilot show next month in Kildare in the hope the show "will do for genealogy what The Antiques Roadshow has done for antiques".


The programme will be presented by Derek Mooney.

On Sunday, January 16, a team of genealogy experts will be on hand at Carton House, in Maynooth, to help solve family mysteries and discover celebrated ancestors.

Big Mountain Productions is especially looking for descendants of two of Kildare's most famous sons, Arthur Guinness and the explorer Ernest Shackleton.

They will also be seeking connections to Dublin-born rebel leader Theobald Wolfe Tone, who used to live in Sallins, Co Kildare.

The event takes place between 11am and 5pm.