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What secrets run in your blood? This reality series uncovers the hidden identities in family pasts, proving that the best way to know who you are is to know who you came from.

3 Seasons, 36 Episodes
November 7, 2011
History, Reality
Cast: Chris Mekow, Rachel Broadbent
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Generations Project Full Episode Guide

  • After returning home from war, Eli started an organization that promotes peace for indigenous war veterans, and through her journey she has learned that to promote peace you can't demand it. As an indigenous female and war veteran herself, she has felt robbed of her ancestral identity and her own peace. Eli has decided to embark on her generations project so that she learn from those ancestors who have struggled for purpose and peace. Eli hopes that by reclaiming her ancestral heritage and really understanding the blood that runs through her veins she will be able to find her path to healing. If Eli is unable to connect with her ancestors, she will be unable to find the peace that she longs and that she feels will enable her to continue the work she started with her peace organization.

  • Jill has a lot of hard feelings toward her neglectful father. She wants to let go of these hurtful feelings and decides to confront her fears with an exploratory journey into her past.

  • Computer tech David Dossett's need for positive reinforcement is turning into a self-absorbed pathology, and he must confront his greatest fear--opening up emotionally to his family.

  • Nancy Benjamin needs to learn a better way to handle her responsibilities as caretaker for her sick husband and hopes to learn about ancestors in her family history that successfully dealt with difficult circumstances.

  • Raquel wants to start a family but has fears about juggling motherhood and her fast-paced career. She researches the mothers in her family tree to find the courage to confront her fears.

  • Amber wants to give her daughter a strong sense of identity, so she journeys through her daughter's African American heritage to help her find self-acceptance.

  • Roi Maufus hopes that through reconnecting with his father and exploring his family history, he will be able to understand how his ancestors dealt with racial persecution.

  • Rachel spent her early years seeking praise from her father. When he died, she was left without hope of feeling that he approved of her. She looks to the examples of her ancestors to finally feel at peace with who she is.

  • Catch up with four individuals who discovered their past last season and see how they have changed their futures.

  • Matthew seeks closure after his brother's death by walking in the shoes of his ancestors who fought in wars and grieved the loss of loved ones.

  • Ed has spent his entire life believing he is Native American. But when a DNA test shakes that belief, Ed goes on a journey to discover the origin of his family.

  • A dyslexic author and mountaineer turns to the lives of his ancestors to gain courage to pursue his life's calling.

  • An undertaker learns about the lives of his African American ancestors by investigating their deaths and how they were memorialized.

  • Ty, a photojournalist, attempts to reconcile his feelings about his German ancestors' involvement in both World Wars, including their role in the Nazi regime.

  • In search of a stunning new recipe for the rising generation, Chef Nick sets out to learn about the lives and diets of his French Canadian ancestors.

  • Will, an actor, hopes his family history can help him navigate the choice between a practical career and his dream of working in the arts.

  • Tara, a Pakistani American, learns how her prominent Muslim ancestors risked their lives to help establish India's independence and participate in the Pakistan-India partitioning.

  • For PJ and Heidi, each step on their journey brings them closer to rehabilitating their relationship, handicapped long ago by their abusive father. They hope to find tight-knit, well-adjusted ancestors in their family tree.

  • Learn how to do your own generations project by connecting with your ancestors in a way that makes a difference in your life right now.

  • Emily, an artist, puts her spiritual instincts to the test by investigating the lives of her ancestors to see if her promptings are correct. Emily explores impressions she has had about specific ancestors, including a Puritan midwife in 1600s Boston and a 19th-century Minnesota Irishman, and solves an intriguing historical mystery about a slandered ancestor.

  • A Golden Gate Bridge ironworker sets out to build emotional bridges with his estranged son. When Kerry discovers a story about his father's relationship with his own parents, he wonders if history is repeating itself.

  • Xander and Carrie, whose twin boys were saved from a genetic disease by an anonymous bone-marrow donor, test the relationship between genetic and genealogical ancestry while searching for the disease in their own family histories.

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