A Closer Look at NBC’s “Roots Less Traveled” – An Interview with Host Faruq Tauheed: Episode 139

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Headshots of podcast host Lisa with her guest Faruq Tauheed, host of NBC's "Roots Less Traveled."

Lisa interviews Faruq Tauheed, host of the NBC TV series “Roots Less Traveled” about the show and his own genealogy journey. Plus, highlights from the 101 Best Websites for Genealogy and a look at the burgeoning market of health-focused DNA tests.

Ep. 139: July 2020

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In this episode:

Tree Talk (1:23)

Lisa shares Family Tree Podcast listener Margaret Cline Harmon’s story of how she used her genealogy skills to help her mother piece her history together.


Share your story of discovery and you may just hear it here on the Family Tree Magazine Podcast! Email your story to:

Feature Interview: Faruq Tauheed from NBC’s “Roots Less Traveled” (4:47)

Faruq Tauheed is the host of the NBC TV series “Roots Less Traveled.” He joins Lisa to talk about the show and his personal introduction to genealogy.

Want to add your voice to the call for a second season? You can find “Roots Less Traveled” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Farug Tauheed
Farug Tauheed, host of the genealogy show “Roots Less Traveled” from NBC.

Best Genealogy Websites (18:10)

Author David Fryxell is back at the microphone to share some of the highlights from the new 101 Best Websites for Genealogy list.

You can find the 101 Best Websites for Genealogy online, or in the July/August 2020 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

Websites mentioned in this interview:

DNA Deconstructed: Genetic Communities (26:17)

Diahan Southard provides insight into the types of DNA health tests available, the potential implications for insurance, and the importance of reading the terms of service and privacy.

Learn more about The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) of 2008.

Editor’s Desk (34:33)

The tables are turned as eLearning Producer Amanda Epperson interviews Lisa about her completely updated upcoming Family Tree University course, Google Search Success for Genealogy.

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1: The Google Search Process and Strategies
  • Lesson 2: YouTube’s Limitless Possibilities
  • Lesson 3: Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors at the Google News Archive
  • Lesson 4: Mining for Family History at Google Books

Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems Podcast in your favorite podcasting app or with the Genealogy Gems Podcast app in your app store, and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.

Have fun climbing your family tree!

Lisa Louise Cooke, host of the Family Tree Magazine podcast.