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ORIGINS ITALY Founder & Genealogy Roadshow co-Host Mary Tedesco is featured on the cover of the October 2016 issue of Fra Noi, Chicago’s Italian American magazine. In the interview, Mary discusses her career as a professional genealogist, research firm, ORIGINS ITALY, and some behind-the-scenes details about Genealogy Roadshow on PBS. Order your copy today @

Thank you to Jim Distasio, Paul Basile & the team at Fra Noi!

Mary Tedesco and the Schwab Family (L-R Katherine, Jason, and Colleen)

The Genealogy Roadshow Los Angeles episode aired on PBS stations on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Pictured above are: Co-Host Mary Tedesco and the Schwab family (Katherine, Jason (center), and Colleen Schwab). The Schwabs contacted Genealogy Roadshow to learn more about family patriarch Lena Schwab and her connection to the legendary Hollywood hot-spot Schwab’s Pharmacy!

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Los Angeles Union Station
Premiered June 28, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET
A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at Los Angeles Union Station. A woman questions her family’s connection to the legendary Hollywood hot-spot, Schwab’s Pharmacy; another seeks a connection to one of the first African-American college graduates; a woman’s family tree is wrapped in a genealogical web that has captivated the Roadshow team for years; one man’s ancestor lived in the right places at the right times, finding himself connected to historic events and iconic companies; a woman discovers a scoundrel in her family tree; and a Roadshow host shares a unique insight on the Ellis Island immigration experience.

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The Genealogy Roadshow Providence, RI episode aired on PBS stations on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Pictured above are: (left to right) Executive Producer Carlos Ortiz, Co-Host Mary Tedesco, Sherita Leslie [Hair & Make-up], Guests Romano “Romeo” Del Rossi and Laura Monti, and Sr. Story Producer Nancy Oey. Laura Monti contacted Genealogy Roadshow wanting to know if the origins of her family’s pasta factory, G. D. Del Rossi and Company, began in Italy.

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Providence – Providence Public Library
Premiered June 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET
At the Providence Public Library, the passport of a woman’s ancestor reveals how her family survived the Holocaust and ended up halfway around the world; a woman discovers more about an African-American relative who served in World War I; experts unlock the mystery of one man’s Amish ties; a woman discovers how deep her roots run in the New England whaling industry; a Rhode Island macaroni company takes a woman all the way back to Italy; and one man’s search for his ancestor reveals a scandal that made headlines.

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Genealogy Roadshow Boston episode aired on PBS stations on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Mary Tedesco (Genealogy Roadshow Co-Host & ORIGINS ITALY Founder) is pictured above with Genealogy Roadshow Guest Jenny Moye. Jenny contacted Genealogy Roadshow because she wanted to know more about her grandfather’s journey on the orphan train.

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Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) Boston – Faneuil Hall
Premiered June 14, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET
At an iconic Boston landmark, Faneuil Hall, a team of genealogists unravels the haunting mystery of one woman’s ties to the Salem Witch Trials. Another woman seeks to understand her family’s connection to the historic orphan trains; a woman seeks to find out whether the Great Boston Fire of 1872 or the small pox epidemic claimed the lives of one branch of her family tree; for one man, the team researches a link to the founders of Boston; and one woman learns that her family’s remarkable route went from the Caribbean through Ellis Island.

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Genealogy Roadshow, Our Favorite Stories episode aired on PBS stations on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Mary Tedesco (Genealogy Roadshow Co-Host & ORIGINS ITALY Founder) is pictured above on the far right with her Genealogy Roadshow Co-Hosts Kenyatta D. Berry and Joshua Taylor.

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Our Favorite Stories
Premiered June 7, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Genealogists Joshua Taylor, Kenyatta Berry and Mary Tedesco revisit their favorite stories from previous seasons, and three memorable guests return to share what has happened since their appearances.

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