Thursday, February 25, 2016

Another Genealogy TV Show: Relative Race

Relative Race on BYUtvIt sounds like The Amazing Race meets Who Do You Think You Are meets AncestryDNA. Relative Race is a new family history television show, but with a twist: it’s a competition. Cameras follow four married couples as they travel across the US in search of long lost relatives, armed with only paper maps, a rental car, a $25 per diem and a flip phone.

The couples embark on a journey that starts in San Francisco and ends in New York City, driving more than 4,500 miles in just ten days, stopping each day in a new city to complete a challenge, and find and stay with a newly discovered relative. At the end of each day, the team that finishes last receives a strike. After three strikes, you’re out. The remaining teams travel on towards New York City for the grand finale, where a $25,000 grand prize awaits the winning couple.

As with the use of in the Ancestry-sponsored Who Do You Think You Are, AncestryDNA technology plays a role in this AncestryDNA sponsored television show.

The show premiers on BYUtv on Sunday, 28 February 2016 at 8pm ET, 6pm MT, and 5pm PT. (Do you ever stop to wonder why television show times are never given for Central Time? Do television executives believe no one lives in… well, whatever those states are in the Central Time Zone? Or maybe they think people there are good at math. So what do they think about people in the Mountain Time zone?)

You can view BYUtv through just about any media format: cable, web, smartphone, and (where I live) good old fashion rabbit ears. Except cable, all are free. Watch the official trailer on YouTube.


  1. Wait, what? National ads for TV shows for my whole life have used ET/CT. And then the actual shows are rebroadcast so that Mountain time matches the advertised Central time. I think Pacific time matches the Eastern time slot? Again, through rebroadcasting. Live events of course reflect the full time difference, and is why something like the Oscars begin in LA in broad daylight.

    I never got into Amazing Race, but love WDYTYA so...we'll see :)

  2. I hope it is a success. It sounds like lots of fun. I missed the age limit by a year, on the north side.

  3. I was actually contacted by this show, as I am apparently a match for one of the participants, but I was out of the country when it was being shot. I gave them the name of my brother in Oregon. But he might have had to have been away at the time as well. At least, I heard no more about it. It did sound like fun.

    I think it would be strange to advertize a TV show based only on Central Time, since that would be an hour later and people in the East would miss it. But leaving it off entirely seems really, really odd as well!

  4. Another season is being promised on this show. I was contacted to be on it as well based off of my main tree I have on Ancestry. True enough this person is on my tree. The issue is that my descendent is actually a child of the 1st spouse. The woman's 2nd spouse is the grandfather of the "match". Here's my other issue, I'm also not genetically related to this descendent. There is an adoption. The descendent is the adopted mother of my blood relative. So.....if this show is supposed to sell AncestryDNA tests...I don't think they pulled up the right person.

    On the other hand, I have the most wonderful post cards from the women who adopted my real relative and her cousins which are the people that they are seeking.

    I find it strange to be matched up when there is a 2nd marriage and an adoption.


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.