Thursday, 4 February 2010

Ancestors in the Attic - Final Episodes

History Television Canada completes the season of Ancestors in the Attic on February 4 with two new half-hour episodes starting at 6pm EST, repeated at 9pm.

The episodes are described in a Global Genealogy posting at

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.

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.

As usual, schedules are subject to change.

This is the final showing of new episodes of Ancestors in the Attic. History Television Canada declined to commission a further series last fall. If you enjoy the type of personal investigation human interest stories featured in the series let History Television Canada know. Go to, scroll to the bottom, and leave a comment.


WJM said...

It's pretty sad when History TV cans real history, and substitutes dreck like CSI.

Anonymous said...

this may fall on deaf ears, but I have to say that I truly miss ancestors in the attic.......please bring it back. I personally had an interesting story for which I was hoping to receive help. this television show opened our Canadian hearts to our beginnings......