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Ancestors in the Attic - Season IV Premieres January 7, 2010
Updated: 25 November 2009
By: Rick Roberts,   Biography & Archived Articles

Fans of the popular Gemini-nominated (Best Documentary Series) Ancestors in the Attic will be delighted to learn that the series returns for its fourth season on January 7, 2010 on History Television (in Canada) at 6pm and 9pm. The program will air each Thursday at those times. This promises to be the best season yet as the sleuths at Ancestors In The Attic help Canadians find lost relatives and discover the truth behind their unsolved family mysteries.

The bewildering part of this story is that the series has not been renewed for the fifth season... yet. History Television is waiting to see what the ratings look like in 2010. We encourage you to mark your calendar, check out the show, and let History Channel know that this is the kind of television programming that you want to see.

This week, producer Dugald Maudsely explained that in this upcoming season "Ancestors In The Attic will travel to Belarus to help a Canadian woman search for her sister lost during the Russian Revolution, to Ukraine to discover how Stalin's Reign of Terror split one family and to China to try and uncover the secret a father would never tell his daughter. We will also journey to Switzerland, Denmark, German, France and Italy in search of a black market baby, the life and death story of a Canadian soldier and the secret that nearly destroyed a Manitoba family. Using remarkable resources available to anyone, Ancestors In The Attic will again provide unexpected, emotional and often life-changing answers to the genealogical questions that haunt many Canadians."

As mentioned, Ancestors In The Attic has not been commissioned for a fifth season. If you enjoy the show and would like to see more, this upcoming season is the one to watch and to tell your friends and family about.

It is also time to start filling History Television's inbox with messages of support for the continuation of Ancestors In The Attic for a fifth season. To send an email to History Television (Canada) click here, then scroll to the bottom of the resulting page where there is an email form.

Here's an overview of each of the Season IV programs beginning in the New Year on History Television (Canada):
  • EPISODE AA4040 - January 7, 2010 @ 6pm/9pm
    When she was in grade three Denice Brown of Kingston, Nova Scotia made a startling discovery - she was part Chinese. Despite asking, her father refused to ever tell her anything about her Chinese ancestry or about his life before arriving in Canada. All Denice could ever discover was the rumour that her grandfather, Au Kim Lee, was one of the first Chinese immigrants in Newfoundland. All her life Denice realized that something dramatic must have happened to her father back in China, something so fundamental he cut all ties with his Chinese family. Now, with the help of Ancestors in the Attic, Denice is returning to her father's homeland to discover what caused his silence and to see if she can uncover her Chinese connection.

  • EPISODE AA4041 - January 7, 2010 @ 6:30pm/9:30pm
    Jonathan Hart is an unusual 15-year-old: while his friends are off chasing girls, Jonathan's been chasing a mystery. Obsessed with all things military, Jonathan, who is from Clarenville, Newfoundland, has long been captivated by the legend of Cyril Gardner,a relative who fought in World War One. Twice decorated, Cyril received the Distinguished Conduct Medal for a remarkable act of bravery - taking 72German soldiers prisoner in the midst of a front line battle. But Cyril's courage didn't stop there. Legend has it that when a British officer tried to execute the German prisoners, Cyril intervened and saved their lives. Out of gratitude, one of the prisoners took an Iron Cross from his own uniform and pinned it to Cyril's chest. Now, 80 years later, Jonathan has undertaken a mission: find the Iron Cross and prove the legend true. With the help of Ancestors in the Attic, Jonathan is about to embark on a journey that will take him all the way from Clarenville, Newfoundland, to the battlefields of France.

  • EPISODE AA4042 - January 14, 2010 @ 6pm/9pm
    Albert Lambert was a navigator and squadron commander during World War II. In July 1943, his plane was shot down over German-occupied France and he went missing. For five unbearable months, his family feared the worst. Then, one day, they received the good news: Al was alive. He had escaped to Spain.

    Although Al Lambert lived a long life, he never told his children or grandchildren what happened during those five months in France. Now, 65 years later, Al's grandson, Chris Lambert of Saint John, New Brunswick, has decided to begin a journey to retrace his grandfather's footsteps and discover, if he can, the people who helped save Al Lambert's life.

  • EPISODE AA4043 - January 14, 2010 @ 6:30pm/9:30pm
    Neither Tami Georgi of Wetaskiwin, AB, nor Kathie Mackie of Toronto, ON, planned to fall for a World War One soldier. A few years ago, Tami bought a batch of post cards on Ebay. When they arrived, she discovered six post cards written by Clement Peake, a young Canadian soldier from Halifax. Clement was writing home from the front lines of World War One. Tami was immediately captivated. Kathie found her soldier in an abandoned house in Cape Breton. When she was a little girl, she discovered two letters written by Angus Morrison to his sister Katie. Moved by the affection evident for his distant sister, Kathie kept the letters for decades.

    Now, both Kathie and Tami have asked Ancestors in the Attic for help in finding their soldiers' families. Two women, two WWI soldiers, two quests to find their families and, finally, bring these young men home.

  • EPISODE AA4044 - January 21, 2010 @ 6pm/9pm
    On Christmas Eve 1943, 28-year-old Melville Madden was in the thick of one of the bloodiest battles in the history of the Canadian military - the Battle of Ortona. Like the rest of his regiment, Madden was looking forward to an historic Christmas dinner organized by his unit, the Seaforth Highlanders. But he was also looking forward to something even more important - a Christmas reunion with his older brother, Cecil, who was also fighting in Italy. Unfortunately, Melville never arrived at their reunion. Sometime on Christmas Eve he was killed in action. To this day, his family has no idea how he died.

    Until now. Julian Sacher, a high school student from Lacombe, Alberta - Melville Madden's hometown - is about to embark on a journey to Ortona. With the help of Ancestors in the Attic, he will try to discover the truth behind Madden's death, and, if he can, finally answer the questions Melville's family have asked for more than 65 years.

  • EPISODE AA4045 - January 21, 2010 @ 6:30pm/9:30pm
    In 1928, when he was 24, Sidor Cembrowski fled Eastern Europe to build a better life for himself in Canada. But he never forgot his family back home, and treasured the letters he received from them. But after World War Two, and the fall of the Iron Curtain on his homeland, the letters stopped. Although he tried, Sidor couldn't contact his family and died never knowing whether they survived the war or Stalin's Reign of Terror.

    Now, Sidor's oldest daughter, Millie, and his great-granddaughter Annamari, of Charlie Lake, B.C., want to fulfill Sidor's dying wish and find his lost family. With Ancestors in the Attic, they are about to journey back to Ukraine, to try and reconnect with their ancestral roots and make their family whole again.

  • EPISODE AA4046 - January 28, 2010 @ 6pm/9pm
    Bob Stoutley, of Milton, ON, is white. But recently he made a stunning discovery: his father may have taken a dramatic family secret to his grave. Digging into his family history Bob had stumbled across a man claiming they shared the same grandfather, and that this grandfather was Black. Unfortunately, Bob's own father had already passed away, and there was no one left in his family to tell him the truth. So Bob turned to Ancestors in the Attic. Now he is about to begin a journey that will take him to Canada's east coast in search of answers about his family's roots, and the secret his father kept hidden until his dying day.

  • EPISODE AA4047 - January 28 @ 6:30pm/9:30pm
    When the Bolsheviks took power in Russia, Nicolas Makletzoff - an officer in the White Army - was forced to flee the country to avoid execution. Left behind was his 13-year-old daughter, Natalia. Eventually ending up in Canada, Nicolas spent the rest of his life desperately trying to find Natalia, but never saw his Russian daughter again.

    At the age of 60, Nicolas had another daughter who he named Natalie. But when Natalie was just 18, Nicolas died. Now, nearly 40 years after his death, Natalie, who lives in Thunder Bay, ON, wants to fulfill her father's lifelong dream and discover what happened to Natalia. With Ancestors in the Attic, she will journey all the way to Belarus, in search of her half-sister, her father's Russian daughter.

  • EPISODE AA4048 - February 4, 2010 @ 6pm/9pm
    When she was eight years old, Marguerite Ogilvie, from Lac Du Bonnet, MB, secretly read a letter from her German aunt. In it, she discovered that her grandmother, Minna, had died "a horrible death" during WWII. But Marguerite's mother, Charlotte, would never reveal what happened to Minna, and after WWII ended Charlotte suffered a nervous breakdown. Marguerite's life was never the same again. All her life Marguerite was haunted by the death of her grandmother and the possibility that her mother's illness was brought on by the guilt of being unable to save her.

    Now, at the age of 66, Marguerite Ogilvie has finally decided to go in search of answers and discover whether it was her grandmother's "horrible death" that caused her mother's breakdown and the destruction of her own life. To uncover the truth she will have to journey to Denmark and Germany, find her lost family and expose a piece of history kept secret for more than half a century.

  • EPISODE AA4049 - February 4 @ 6:30pm/9:30pm
    At the age of 29, Christiane Weideli, from Vancouver, B.C., discovered that much of her life had been a lie. The people who had raised her were not her real parents, and she was not born in Peru, as she had thought. Instead, she had been adopted as a baby from Switzerland. Now in her forties, Christiane desperately wants to find her biological family. But there is a catch: her adoption may have been illegal and Christiane may be a black market baby.

    Undeterred by this enormous challenge, Christiane has decided to return to Switzerland and, with the help of Ancestors in the Attic, search for clues to her hidden past and find, if she can, the parents who gave her up.
And finally, take a moment to help History Television know that you watch and enjoy Ancestors In The Attic and want to see it renewed for a fifth season. Click here, then scroll to the bottom of the resulting page where you can let History Channel know that you want to see more episodes of Ancestors in the Attic.

Rick Roberts

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