There are few shows on the air right now as heartwarming as TLC’s Long lost Family. The show, which returned for its third season last night, Nov. 6, uses DNA testing and genealogy experts to reunite people with their long lost relatives, whether they are an adopted child who seeks their biological family or a person who has been estranged from a relative or siblings for many years — or just about any other circumstance you may able to imagine.
For some people, the fascinating stories of how people lost their loved ones, only to go through the incredibly journey of reconnecting may seem like the kind of happily ever after — or, in some tragic cases, the dramatic ending — that could only be dreamed up in Hollywood. For others, the beginning is a familiar tale — though they may be craving the closure the show provides. If you’re one of the people who fall into the latter category, keep reading for casting details and to find out how you can be featured on an upcoming episode of Long Lost Family.
If you’re looking to be featured on Long Lost Family, there’s an application to be filled out which can be found here. Once completed, you can email the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach for the stories featured on LLF, there are a few questions on the application that proves what kind of story they’re looking for. The questions include, “What were the circumstances of your separation," “When — if ever — did you last have contact with them," “Why do you want to meet with them," and “How long have you been looking for them?”
The show is presented by Ancestry.com, which provides the DNA tests necessary to help track down blood relatives. In addition, the experts working both in front of the camera (namely, Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner) and behind the scenes tirelessly pour through public record to find information about the missing relatives — even when the odds are heavily stacked against them.
In the words of one participant, it’s a “process.” Tineke White Lacy, who was featured on Season 2, wrote on Facebook, “I was on Season 2 and it’s a process. I sent my application in April and I heard back from them the first of July. I encourage you guys to be patient and when sending in information, be very descriptive on what you know and why it’s important to you to find your relative that you are searching for. They found my mom and I had been searching for over 20 years!! Good luck!” It may not be easy… But it sure is worth it!