Johni Cerny Lead Genealogist for Upcoming PBS Series

Dec 26, 2011

Johni Cerny, founder of Lineages, Inc., is the Lead Genealogist for the upcoming 10-week series, “Finding Your Roots”. The series will begin airing on March 25, 2012 at 7/8:00 p.m. EST.  This new and exciting series includes captivating stories about ancestors in the family trees of Kevin Bacon, Harry Connick, Jr., Maggie Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, John Legend, Branford Marsalis, Kyra Sedgwick, Martha Stewart, Wanda Sykes,  Barbara Walters and many other well known people.

Johni was also the lead genealogist in the PBS series “Faces of America”, which aired in 2010.  Famous Americans featured in this series were Elizabeth Alexander, Mario Batali, Stephen Colbert, Louise Erdrich, Malcom Gladwell, Eva Longoria, yo-Yo Ma,Queen Noor, Mike Nichols, Dr. Nehmet Oz, Meryl Streep and Kristi Yamaguchi.

She did the research for the two-part series of “African American Lives”, which aired in 2005 and 2006. She worked closely with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kuhnhardt Productions to profile the ancestry of nine famous African Americans in part I; including Dr. Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Chris Tucker, Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. Ben Carson, Whoopi  Goldberg, and Dr. Mae Jemison.  Part II featured the ancestry of Don Cheadle, Chris Rock, Tom Joyner, the late Rev. Peter Gomes, Maya Angelou, Morgan Freeman, Tina turner and Linda Johnson Rice.

The first three series are available for purchased on DVD or through various movie rental or streaming vendors.

 

 

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