finding your roots

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My family line

Belinda Stroud

As I found myself to write this it brings tears to my eyes that I have such a need to find where I come from. I have trace part of my family back to Germeny in the late 1700′s but … Continue reading ...

July 15, 2014 | Leave a comment

Discovering A Family Secret

Daryl Denning

Denning. This is my surname. My great-grandfather identified as Irish and Cherokee, with maybe a little Welsh in the mix. However, his father was an infantryman with the NY 26th Regiment of US Colored Troops during the Civil War. His … Continue reading ...

July 15, 2014 | Leave a comment

Spotsylvania, Virginia

Ryan Coleman

In 1965 at the age of 1 years old , my father took my family and I to Spotsylvania, VA where he was born. He had bulit a summer home where we stayed every summer. After seeing the tv series … Continue reading ...

July 15, 2014 | Leave a comment

murcus bruce christan

michael eric williams

my grand father was born in 1900 and was from homa louisians, where he grew up. he came to new Orleans la sometimes in the 1900 and met my grand mother Elvira knight. they had my mother Elaine Kristine Williams, … Continue reading ...

July 15, 2014 | Leave a comment

Jackson Family – Louisa County/Trevilian, VA

Ryan Coleman

As a young man, I always was interested in knowing my family background. My mother, Fannie (Hunter) Coleman, was born in Louisa County Virginia to Rufus and Mabel Hunter. For years I always thought my mother was the only child. … Continue reading ...

July 15, 2014 | Leave a comment

Moreino’s

Monica A. Williams

My grandmother (my mother’s mother) and my grandfather both came to the USA thru Ellis Island from the Cape Verde Islands. From there my grandmother went to Massachusetts then to Newport, RI. She then started her family of 8 children, … Continue reading ...

July 14, 2014 | Leave a comment

Find my family

Jackie Gilbert

My Grandmother Sarah Jeal born in London in 1896 married a Ghanian Man James Tagoe….apparently she was disowned by her family for marrying a black man….they had 8 children….why Grandad died fairly young when my Father was 1… We know … Continue reading ...

July 14, 2014 | Leave a comment

How did I come to have Mahoney as my last name?

Toni A Mahoney

I was born to Catherine Mahoney on Dec 1 1953, I am her only child and my family didnt speak of their history much I was raised btwn my grandmother Christine Simon and my Mom . I have never known … Continue reading ...

July 14, 2014 | Leave a comment

Passoninate to find our true roots

Debbie Cordova

For so long my brother and i have attempted to find our true roots …. For years i have these unanswered questions . Do iwe have family in spain, where did my ancestors originate from, why do i love the … Continue reading ...

July 14, 2014 | Leave a comment

My name is hard to trace.

Frank Lauch

I haven't found anyone with my name. It might have been changed. My mother was adopted. She also gave up two children for adoption before I was born. Continue reading ...

September 8, 2013 | Leave a comment

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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

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