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September 5, 2012 | Leave a comment

The Missing Little French Boy

Alice Le Merle. Jones

On an evening in 1810, my great, great, great grandfater, Elisha Lyman, was strolling along the docks in New London, CT when he saw a ship in the harbor put a small boat over the side, and two figures got into it and began to row ashore. Continue reading ...

September 5, 2012 | 1 Comment

Russian Royalty?

Donna Holland

I have done a lot of genealogy and have found some great and wonderful stories and keepsakes. But on my Mother's side there is a mystery that I have been unable to solve for 40 years. Continue reading ...

August 20, 2012 | Leave a comment

possible relation to Frances sccott Key

Sandy Saint Wyatt

I Have about 15,000 names ony family tree dating back to the 1500 to Scotland. Continue reading ...

August 16, 2012 | Leave a comment

Returning With Spoils

Randy William(s)

In Jan. 2007 I received my Patriclan result back frm African Ancestry (100% match) with the Fula/Fulani people in Guinea-Bissau today (2007) Ok, I felt the change and I felt the drawing. In Nov. 2009 I set out to celebrate my deceased fathers; 90th birthday and my 50th in the land of our ancestors. Continue reading ...

August 2, 2012 | 1 Comment

Westmoreland County VA Roots

Diane Sevier

My family have been traced back to Westmoreland County VA since the 1600 (s) approximately. My family is of mixed heritage and there have been rumors for years and the family still living say that most of it went to the grave with them. Continue reading ...

August 2, 2012 | 1 Comment

Unknown Identity

Shanikka Stephanie Griffith

I have 498 relatives on 23andMe, the majority are of European decent and I am 59% African, 34% European and & 7% Asia. Continue reading ...

August 2, 2012 | Leave a comment

Basically Verla, You Are African

Verla Ann (Shirley) Chaddick

On the National Geographic Journey of Man Expedition March/April 2012 I learned that my ancient mother did not leave Africa until slavery. Earlier on the trip I introduced myself to Spencer Wells with these words, "I'm Verla Chaddick. I'm an L3." His response was, "That's very interesting; we need to talk." Continue reading ...

August 2, 2012 | Leave a comment

The Phantom

Priscilla Arteaga

I come from a family of immigrants on both sides and I don't really know much about either side. I've tried online sites to try and find something, anything about my family, and I always get nothing. Continue reading ...

August 2, 2012 | 1 Comment

The Builder

Jann Ballard

My story is a bit long, but I will try to keep it short and to the piont. My journey begin in the late 90's. We always heard about the big house in Pulaski, Tn. that my G-Grandfather bulit but none of the great grand childern had ever seen Continue reading ...

August 2, 2012 | 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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