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Bedolla Roots

Monica Avila

I am a American of Mexican culture and my family has been here for over a 100 years. My maternal grandmothers family is the Bedolla family. Continue reading ...

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Legend of Royalty

Mary L Stoudenmire

The legend in my family is that my paternal grandmother, a woman named Zilla King, was a decendent of Ethiopian royalty of the Amhara region. Continue reading ...

May 23, 2012 | 1 Comment

Irene Greer-Bedenbaugh

My Search For Ancestors

Audrey Prince

A number of years ago, I began a journey to discover my parents’ families. This discussion is about my mother’s paternal family. I started with several surnames, spoken to me by my mother’s sister. Continue reading ...

May 23, 2012 | 8 COMMENTS

Aurora Ellsbury-Morris Family

Native american

Aurora Ellsbury-Morris

My heritage is European on my Fathers side, and Pueblo Indian and Spanish on my Mothers side. My husband is Navajo. However, his last name is Morris, a very un-Navajo surname. Continue reading ...

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impossible etymology: Rutan

garth tuttle

One of my ancestors is from a Huguenaut family called Rutan. Continue reading ...

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Finding my loved ones

David Alexander Sr

Hi, My name is David Alexander and i want to know more about my fathers ancestors.My fathers name was Charles Alexander and my dads parents were sharecroppers living in Florence,South Carolina. Continue reading ...

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just an observation

john chamless

Sometimes the math in your DNA revelations underplays the significance. To me, 8 percent of a particular heritage is huge. I'm very proud of being part Cherokee, but I estimate the DNA percentage to be about 0.2%. Continue reading ...

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Polynesian Jew


My mother found out3 years ago that we have Jewish background. That explains the candle lighting on Fridays. Continue reading ...

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Can ‘t seem to find me.

Phyllis Lane

I was born in1961, in Long Island. I went from the hospital to my parents via ambulance. My parents had 2 natural children and I became the 4th foster child. My brother Ronald was legally adopted, but my natural mother, Lori, did not surrender me. Continue reading ...

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Crosby or Cosby – Railroad Riding Great Grand

Jeri Hampton-Sawyer

We are not certain of our family name Crosby or Cosby; my paternal grandfather's father had a family in Detroit MI as well as Dayton OH Continue reading ...

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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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