Their Roots Are Showing! Three Bay Area Celebs Find Out Who They Are

OAKLAND, California—August 26, 2013—The California Genealogical Society, a library and research center, will present Their Roots Are Showing, an evening of surprise and discovery for three Bay Area celebrities on October 26, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. at the Del Valle Theater in Walnut Creek. Billy Beane, Vice President & General Manager of the Oakland Athletics; Natalie Coughlin, winner of 12 Olympic medals and the most decorated female medalist of all time; and Tim “Herb” Alexander, drummer for Grammy-nominated rock band Primus, will journey up their family trees before a live local audience.

"I am looking forward to an evening of discovery” says Billy Beane. “Like many Americans, I know little about my family history beyond my grandparents. I am very excited and look forward to this exciting event." 

The upcoming fall debut of the new PBS series Genealogy Roadshow, and the recent resurrection Who Do You Think You Are on TLC demonstrate that people find family histories fascinating, even when their own families are not the subject. Their Roots Are Showing is modeled on the popular reality shows where celebrity guests become emotionally caught up in the tales of love and loss, success and despair that formed the lives of their ancestors. 

Research experts at the California Genealogical Society have been combing through historical documents, photographs, and family information to trace the ancestry of the celebrities. For anyone who has wondered about their own ancestors, members of the California Genealogical Society will be on hand to answer questions. A Silent Auction of memorabilia and other items will be held in the theater lobby.

Tickets on now sale through the Lesher Center Box Office at Tickets are priced at $50.00.

The California Genealogical Society (CGS) founded in San Francisco in 1898, is one of the premier genealogical resources in Northern California. The society offers research services, online indexes and databases, and a research library in Oakland. Visit

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