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Finland To America 1912

Linda Pensala Morley

As a second generation American child of Finnish descent, one of my earliest memories was of asking my Finnish Grandmother, Katri, and her Sister Hilma, about “why” they came to America in 1912. Continue reading ...

June 10, 2012 | Leave a comment

Brenda Rose

No History

Brenda Rose

My Family history much is unknown my father and mother both are african american but my mother is fair skinned and my father is very dark in complexion when i was growing up as a little girl i always wonder … Continue reading ...

June 4, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

French Huguenot

Lydia Amonette Bursi

I have always been told that my father's family line descended from French Huguenots who came to America in the late 1700s seeking freedom from religious persecution in France. Continue reading ...

June 1, 2012 | 3 COMMENTS

Looking for my African American Roots

Layla Schubert

My family lore told of Native American ancestry. When I asked WHICH ancestor supposedly had Native American roots, I was told my mother's grandmother. Continue reading ...

June 1, 2012 | 1 Comment

Me and Daniel Boone

Linda Ray Johnen

My whole life I've been told that somehow I'm related to Daniel Boone through my mother's family. My mother wasn't sure what the connection was but that we were related to him. Continue reading ...

May 31, 2012 | 4 COMMENTS

The Mohawk Princess

Linda L Van Slyke

My auny often spoke about an Indian Princess in our family history .She was not taken seriously by anybody since she was prone to tell tales . My father tended to be vary secretive about his family. After his death I decided to look up his family. Continue reading ...

May 31, 2012 | 3 COMMENTS

Find my Native American Roots

Reginald Sawyer

Iam Reginald Sawyer Choctaw-Cherokee iam the Son of Elizabeth Sawyer(Maiden name Roberson) and iam aloso the Grand Son of Tercsia Ramond and George Roberson Continue reading ...

May 31, 2012 | 3 COMMENTS

The Bunch Family

suzanne meiner

I come from a long line of people named Bunch. And according to the Chicago Sun Times, so does President Barack Obama. Our shared ancestors, John Bunch I, John Bunch II, John Bunch III, and Samuel Bunch lived in Virginia. Continue reading ...

May 31, 2012 | Leave a comment

Stories My Mother Would Love

Deborah Martin-Plugh

I am a researcher and writer and devote my blog to the stories of my American ancestors. My mother loved to tell me stories of her family...a tradition she and I both treasured. Continue reading ...

May 30, 2012 | Leave a comment

The hardest evidence to find through family lore and lines

Garth Tuttle

While looking htrough all my family lines, there was one thing I coud not find, except as intreguing clues : inherant neurological disorders. Continue reading ...

May 30, 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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