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Royal ancestors and savages

S Allaire Masse

My family helped to found Hartford, CT...(Colonial Ancestors, Library of Congress). We are also directly related to Prince William and Harry (they are now my 8th cousins once removed). Continue reading ...

July 2, 2012 | 1 Comment

Lost in Time

Michelle Moreira

I was born on the island of Trinidad and Tobago. My grandfather was from the island of Madeira.He ran away on a boat to Trinidad at the age of sixteen because he did not want to join the forces. Continue reading ...

July 2, 2012 | 1 Comment

Vinkler, Winkler, Kubacak

Elizabeth Sparks

Upon delving into my family tree I have hit dead ends and mysteries. My paternal grandmothers maiden name was Kubacak which is Czech but on immigration papers they claimed they were Moravian. Continue reading ...

July 2, 2012 | Leave a comment

The Late Blues Legend Robert Johnson

Carol Jackson

I am assisting Robert Harris, the great nephew of the late Blues legend, Robert Johnson, research information pertaining to the legal estate of his late uncle. Continue reading ...

July 2, 2012 | 1 Comment

Granny's Night Out

I feel you


My great grandmother 'Mollie" Stone- Powell born 1864 lived to be 101 years old. I enjoyed 6yrs with her and alot of memories, her daughter Weller Stone-White is my mother's (Doris White-Johnson) mother and Iam Weller's name sake. Continue reading ...

July 2, 2012 | 1 Comment

Border Crossing

From Mexico to the Midwest: The Reyes-Atilano Legacy


My great grandparents, Victoriano and Mariana Vargas Reyes decided to flee the tyranny and aftermath of the Mexican Revolution for El Norte (the United States of America) for a better life and in hopes of one day returning to Mexico. Continue reading ...

July 2, 2012 | Leave a comment

Black and White Roots

Sallie Ruth Pierdolla

My story begins in the Carolina's with Wm B Shields. Wm B Shields had a plantation in Alabama. It took in three counties, Perry County, Wilcox and Dallas. He had all his children from Black Slave women and had them emancipated. Continue reading ...

July 1, 2012 | Leave a comment

a slip of paper

harriett washington

actually, there was no adoption, simply a childless couple in their late 30s who took a little girl from a hospital in gary, indiana whom had been abandoned by her birth parents. Continue reading ...

June 29, 2012 | Leave a comment

Sperm Donor Child, Are You My Father?

Matt Doran

I have an interesting story to share but it is unfinished and I'm hoping Finding Your Roots can help!  I recently found out at age 25 that my father is not my biological father.  I am the child of a sperm donor. Continue reading ...

June 29, 2012 | Leave a comment

Family in Bolivia

Blended Family

Marisa Robb

I come from a very diverse family. I am the second born generation in the USA on my mother's side. On my father's side I think our USA roots go deep. Continue reading ...

June 29, 2012 | Leave a comment

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About the Series

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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