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A Brown Baby’s Journey

Frank Walters

I am a Brown Baby. My birth mother is German and my birth father was an African American solider stationed in Germany in 1953. I was adopted by my parents who brought me here to the United States. Continue reading ...

May 15, 2012 | 5 COMMENTS

Salamaca nun declares “You’re a Jew”; Barrels to the new world

Rafael Enrique Catala

Sometime in the 1990s my gay partner James Doig Anderson (now of 41 years) gave a lecture at the Pontificia Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. At a reception afterwards, I was chatting with a nun, all in starched white habit from Barcelona. When she learned of my name, Catala, she proclaimed, "You are a Jew!" Continue reading ...

May 15, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

Jamela Clark

Redefining Black

Jamela Clark

I am not sure how to tell my family's story, as it indeed circles around the tragedy of slavery and the injustice apartheid. However, it is one the weaves itself around the very idea of "whiteness" and "blackness" and the misconception that these two adjectives are concrete and tangible descriptions. Continue reading ...

May 15, 2012 | 1 Comment

Daniel Boone relatives meet Fess Parker ( Daniel Boone)

Laurence McElrea

As a child my mother did some research into our family history. It was her belief that she was related to Daniel Boone. Continue reading ...

May 15, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

Escaping England in 1624

Beth Dodd

My 7th great grandfather was James Field. At the tender age of 20 he came to America as a ‘servant’ to a family friend. Continue reading ...

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The Niece of a Voodoo Queen

sylvia robinson

Now that I know my ancestry I understand more fully the way I was raised, and the beliefs and values of my family. My mother never explained who she was ,nor the rich legacy of her family, nor the origin of her unique beliefs and values. Continue reading ...

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Hejira: One Family’s Journey

Betsy Goolian

My great grandfather Stepan Kurkjian left Mesre, in Armenia, in 1890 to come to America. He started in New York, where his brother Mesrob had already settled, then made his way to Grand Rapids. Continue reading ...

May 14, 2012 | Leave a comment

Daniel Burnham – My Great Grandfather ?

Scott McLean

The story I here from my family is, that Daniel Burnham is my great grandfather. I was told that their was a building in Chicago where my great grandmother gave the fist hair permanet. Continue reading ...

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Shared Likes And Loves Of Famous And Not So Famous

Karen D Crockett

From age ten, I've always known I had a special connection to Michael Jackson, after at that time I cried my last tear because I knew I would never get to meet him. Continue reading ...

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William (Bill) Berry

The Great Family

Nathan A. Berry

There are so many stories to tell about my family's journey through time I find it very hard to include detailed information about what God has allowed us to contribute to recent history. I have run into the perverbial slavery wall and am stuck there. Continue reading ...

May 14, 2012 | 1 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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