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Give your dad the gift of his family tree with Ancestry

Posted at 2:05 PM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 17:05:58-04

Every family has a story and storytelling is important for passing down family history. Now, with DNA testing kits helping to fill in the gaps in your family’s life journey, solving the mysteries is simpler and more fun. Just in time for Father’s Day, Author Bruce Feiler joins us to discuss how you can help Dad share his story through genealogy and why it’s important to do so.

BRUCE FEILER is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers; the presenter of two primetime series on PBS; and the inspiration for an upcoming drama series on NBC. Bruce’s two TED Talks have been viewed more than two million times. Employing a firsthand approach to his work, Bruce is known for living the experiences he writes about. His work combines timeless wisdom with timely knowledge to allow people to live with more meaning, passion, and joy. For more than a decade, Bruce has explored the intersection of families, relationships, and well-being. THE SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES collects best practices from some of the country’s most creative minds. The book was featured on World News, GMA, and TODAYand excerpted in the Wall Street Journal and Parade. THE COUNCIL OF DADS describes how faced with one of life’s greatest challenges, he asked six friends to support his young daughters. The book was profiled in PEOPLE, USA Today, and Time; was the subject of a CNN documentary; and is being adapted as forthcoming drama on NBC. Since 2001, Bruce has been one of the country’s preeminent thinkers, writers, and speakers about religion. WALKING THE BIBLE describes his perilous, 10,000-mile journey retracing the Five Books of Moses through the desert. The book was hailed as an “instant classic” by the Washington Post, spent a year and a half on the New York Times bestseller list, and has been translated into fifteen languages. ABRAHAM recounts his personal search for the shared ancestor of the monotheistic religions. “Exquisitely written,” wrote the Boston Globe. WHERE GOD WAS BORN describes his trek visiting biblical sites throughout Israel, Iraq, and Iran. “Bruce Feiler is a real-life Indiana Jones,” wrote the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. All were bestsellers. Bruce is the writer/presenter of two primetime series on PBS: WALKING THE BIBLE (“Beguiling,” Wall Street Journal) and SACRED JOURNEYS WITH BRUCE FEILER, in which he retraces pilgrimages in France, India, Japan, Israel, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia. (“Feiler is the perfect guide,” Newsday). In 2017, Bruce created THE LIFE STORY PROJECT, a multimedia initiative that mixes the power of storytelling with cutting-edge research to improve how we live today. Launching with a book and podcast in 2020, THE LIFE STORY PROJECT gathers personal histories, identifies common themes, and encourages Americans to shape and tell their own stories. Writer of the “This Life” column in the New York Times, Bruce Feiler has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Parade, and Gourmet, where he won three James Beard Awards. A former circus clown, he has been the subject of Jay Leno joke and a JEOPARDY! question, and his face appears on a postage stamp in the Grenadines. A native of Savannah, Georgia, Bruce lives in Brooklyn with wife, Linda Rottenberg, and their identical twin daughters. For more information, please visit