Every family has a unique genealogical journey, just waiting to be unlocked. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. asks you to share your own by submitting our online form.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines the histories and family genealogies of a number of well-known personalities. But every family has their own story! Whether it’s anecdotes about ancestors from generations past or stories of recent relatives, each of us has a rich, unique genealogical heritage to share. Tell us your family story by using the form below.

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Larry Reski

Moorhead, MN, United States

Origin: Kashubian

My Great-Great-Grandfather Marcin (Martin) Reszka came to the United States in 1859, shortly before the Civil War. He was a member of a unique ethnic group of Kashubian Poles who …

Eleonora Borisovna Kantemir

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Origin: Eastern Europe

I am the direct descendant of Dmitri Kantemir, Prince of Moldavia, Prince of the Russian Empire, Prince of the Holy Roman Empire and Imperial Chancellor to Peter the Great of …

Levorn Daniels

Jackson, MS, United States

My ancestors were slaves who were brought to Webster County, Mississippi during the great slave migration. Their children met in the county and began to marry and have children in …

Kim Bergman Anderson

Troutdale, OR, United States

This is a photo of my great grandparents Nickolai and Hilda Bergman. Nikolai is the only great grandparent I have not had success finding through my search. My family has …

Sophie Souza

Marlow nh

Origin: Ethnic German /Donaushwaben

My Mother Sophia was an ethnic German born in Yugoslavia. Her people were Donaucshwaben. The Donauschwaben had been in Yugoslavia for centuries until 1944 when the wild explosions began. My …

Lynn Montana

Meredith, NH, United States

My father, Robert William Montana, creator of the Archie cartoon strip and comic book characters, inherited his musical and artistic talents from his father, Raymond Coleman, a very famous vaudeville …

Hallie Bourne

Columbus, OH

Origin: Multivariate?

My grandfather, Richard Wallen, was a psychologist. He wrote the first (only?) clinical book on Gestalt and his photo is hung in the Gestalt institute in Cleveland, where we’re from. …

Steve Bowie

Pasadena, CA, United States

Origin: African American

James Bowie, free man of color (c. 1795-1832) was a contemporary of Col. James Bowie (1796-1836), and has sometimes been confused for him. They are two different people.

“Free man of …

Leah Bisel

Boynton Beach, FL

Origin: Ukraine

My father’s family came from Skvira, Ukraine to Philadelphia in 1906. The ship’s manifest identified them as Zerdanowski. They soon changed their surname to Jordan to be more like …

Chad Smith

Fort Wayne, IN, United States

My 3rd Great Grandfather, Francis Ward Lewis (1817-1906), was a mariner who sailed most of the world. He traveled to San Diego, CA in April of 1846 and was present …

Margarita Aguilar

Weehawken, New Jersey

Origin: Cuba, Spain, South America

I have always been fascinated in genealogy and been a fan of “Finding Your Roots” since its inception. All the remarkable stories about ancestors from places near and far—their …

John Schambre

San Francisco, CA, United States

Origin: Austria-Hungary

As a second generation American, I have such a yearning to know and understand where my family came from and who they were. I have researched for 12 years …

Cindy Medina

Austin, TX, United States

I am proud of all my Mexican Lineages. In the 1900’s, one lineage worked for the Alton, Illinois Railroad. Another fought with Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution. Others were …

Pamela Oborn

Gilbert

My Grandfather Charles Edward Morris was born 11 August 1881 in Grangetown, Middleborough, Yorkshire, England. He was the oldest of two children. Charles’ younger brother’s name was David, he was …

Virginia Weddington

Bluff City, TN, United States

Origin: New England/ North Carolina/ Georgia and beyond

I have been trying to find the name of Alfred Allen’s father for 50 years.

He is my great grandfather, born in Tucson, Arizona in 1874. His wife’s family …