Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. does an excellent job of telling the stories behind some interesting people in his show, “Finding Your Roots”. Check out the first season videos on PBS.org before the start of the second season in September 2014. He does a really good job of delving into important periods in history and how events affected our ancestors lives and our future. He does the show with people in the public eye but we all have stories like these waiting to be uncovered.
You can see the trailer for the new season and read more about the show here.