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Irish African Native American

Megan Henry

I, like many black people have been told or claim to have Native American bloodlines, but I suspect that mostly my bloodline is Irish or English. But I have no proof really. Continue reading ...

May 30, 2012 | 3 COMMENTS

Discovering Appalachian and Melungeon Roots

Kathryn Martin

My father's side of the family all originally came from Kentucky and Tennessee, from "the hills." As far as we know, they were Appalachian hill folk. Continue reading ...

May 30, 2012 | 1 Comment

Great Aunt survived Titanic- immediately became a nun

shari malloy

I don't know much other than my great Aunt, Sister Patrick Joseph, was 3rd class Irish coming to US. The story is she had long red hair and one of the ship guys liked her and saved her. Continue reading ...

May 30, 2012 | 1 Comment

30 Years Searching & So Far to Go!


For a little over 30 years I have slowly worked on my genealogy. Fortunately, I had relatives on both sides of the family that were willing to share family bibles and handwritten family histories, family graves, etc. Now I have a file of thousands of names. Continue reading ...

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Irish Catholics, De Havilland and Sephardic Jews

Catherine McCabe

My Great Grandmother is a Havilland, Brigette, who was also called Dierdre. As the story goes, her ancestor traveled to Ireland from France, married an Irish woman, and the two sent their children John and Mary to America with a wooden nickel in their pockets. Continue reading ...

May 30, 2012 | 1 Comment

I Wish We Had the Resources and the time…

Rebecca P.

As one of two of our family's self-appointed historians, it is always sad to, as the show calls it, hit a wall. We are black. We are the descendants of slaves. Continue reading ...

May 30, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

Panama Trail

Ona Anderson Watkins

I’m a first generation America with my parent come to America from Panama in the 1970’s. My mother’s, whom as one of 9, last name was Poyser and her mother’s maiden name was Keen (so Im told). My grandfather went to Panama from Jamaica to work on the Panama Canal. Continue reading ...

May 30, 2012 | 1 Comment

Histories & Mysteries of an Enslaved Samuel Arthur Reed

Sheila L. Reed Findlay

My great grandfather Samuel Arthur Reed came to Portsmouth, NH circa 1864 out of slavery. He was brought there by a Union Officer Captain Matthew T. Betton. Continue reading ...

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Isabell Crawford Coons

Who Am I Descended From?

Marilyn Elliott Lewis

Family history on my maternal grandmother's side goes back to Ayr and Dundee Scotland. I have a letter that a great, great uncle wrote about the Laird's, Scott's and Crawford's coming over here to America in the 1700's. Continue reading ...

May 30, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

The Sillimans from County Antrim, But Where Before That?

Judith Isabel Wright

The gentlemen from the Ulster Society prepared to answer questions posed by those attending a Scotch Irish workshop at the Denver Public Library. Eagerly I stepped forward when my turn came. I showed the man copies taken from a book and other documents and asked how I might determine the origin of the name. Continue reading ...

May 30, 2012 | 1 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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