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Vandenburgh ?

Eliza

My father's family are the Vandenburgh's. I am trying to find out more about them. I only know my grandparents. They are from Fall River, Massachusetts. Continue reading ...

May 23, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

Zapata ancestry

Ricardo Zapata

My father, Federico Fonseca Zapata was born to Jose Juan Zapata and Dolores Fonseca who was born to Octaviano Zapata and Gregoria Villarreal. Continue reading ...

May 23, 2012 | Leave a comment

Morrow and Gambrell

Greg Morrow

From what I have found out about my family so far, my mother’s father’s ancestors were French Huguenots, who came to America to escape religious persecution. It has always been interesting to me, since my g-g-grandfather, Pleasant Marion Gambrell, was a slave holder in Anderson Co, SC. Continue reading ...

May 23, 2012 | 1 Comment

From Switzerland/Germany to America: One family’s journey.

(Dorothy) Priscilla Riffle Johnson

I was born in a small town in Pennsylvania in 1935 when my father was 53 years and my mother was 44. When I was growing up people often thought my white-haired father was my grandfather. My Catholic relatives were Swiss-German and came to America for religious freedom, but found much discrimination in the new world. Continue reading ...

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Gullah boys at the Oregon Trail’s End

Jean Sargent

My paternal Grandmother, born in Gloucester MA in 1896, gave me the gift of a passion for genealogy. Thankfully, her roots include a signer of the Mayflower Compact, and the records from that branch of our family's story are fairly good. Continue reading ...

May 23, 2012 | Leave a comment

OKLAHOMA LEGEND

JUAN M RAMOS

LEGEND HAS IT OUR MOTHER BORN IN OKLAHOMA CHOCTAW RESERVATION ABOUT 1919. Continue reading ...

May 23, 2012 | 1 Comment

Melting Pot

Gordon Seyffert

I had naturally assumed that, because both of my grandmother's parents (married in the United States) had been immigrants of German nationality, this one-quarter of my ancestry must surely be German. Yet her mother turned out to be the product of three very different ethnicities: German, "Baltic," and Polish. Continue reading ...

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This and That

Christopher L. Schaefer

One of my grandfathers had a mom from India (Singh), and a father who was born of a black slave whose father was a Royal Scottish slave owner in Scotland (Patterson). Continue reading ...

May 23, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

MY AFRO-LATINO CALIFORNIA ROOTS

IRVIN E. CHAMBERS

I AM A DESCENDANT FELIPE SANTIAGO TAPIA A AFRO-LATINO SOLDIER FROM CULIACAN, SINALOA, Continue reading ...

May 23, 2012 | 1 Comment

The real Family Name

Charles Harris

My father was born in northern Indiana to two African American parents according to his birth certificate in the early 1950s. The problem was he was lighter than anyone in his family and rumor has it that he was the product of an extra-marital affair between his mother and a Jewish store owner in the neighborhood. Continue reading ...

May 23, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

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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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