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James Craggy: Where are you?

Victoria Brofman

I have been interested in who my family was since I was a teenager (I'm 57 now). I am fortunate to know a lot about my father's family since an extensive geneology was done on the Cole family around 1938. Continue reading ...

May 14, 2012 | 1 Comment

On big family

William VanNatta

The chance meeting with a 5x removed cousin at the open house. Continue reading ...

May 14, 2012 | 1 Comment

Clues to my Ancestors

Dianne M. Daniels

Finding my ancestors on my father's side has been the most difficult part of my genealogical research. My father, Charles Edward Morton, passed away when I was 9 years old, and there were not a lot of records in his personal papers. Continue reading ...

May 14, 2012 | Leave a comment

“Around the World for Love”

Priestley Coker

My recent ancestors offer some interesting insights into the early women's movement and the religious diversity of the USA of a century ago. Continue reading ...

May 14, 2012 | Leave a comment

American Revolution

Charles Thomas Smith

My grand mother told me that we had people in our family involved in all wars dating back to the American Revolution. This is when I told her I was going to enlist for the VietNam War back in 1971. Continue reading ...

May 14, 2012 | 1 Comment

My story

Mark-Craig Gabad Small

I don't much about any of my family past but it's very hardto find my name because my last name all I know that my grandfather was a photographer in the war his name was Christopher howard Small. Continue reading ...

May 13, 2012 | Leave a comment

Fight the power!


When I was a kid, I had heard family stories about a Revolutionary War veteran, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a colonial-era governor. As more information becomes available over the Internet, I've been able to verify all three of these stories over time. Continue reading ...

May 9, 2012 | Leave a comment

Mu ancestor Tommy Brookins…The orignial GLOBETROTTER

Katherine Johnson

I was doing my family research when I received an email from two amatuer geneologist asking if I wanted any help. I quickly said yes and within days, they contacted me, telling me that I was the second person with a famous relative that they have helped. Continue reading ...

May 9, 2012 | Leave a comment

Born Free

Henry Allen Jr

One of the most intriguing things for me is knowing that I have a free relative during the days of chattel slavery. Both my parents have roots in South Carolina. Continue reading ...

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Nomini Hall, Westmoreland County, VA

Nomini Hall

LaTonya Lawson

The Thompson and Newman African American families of Westmoreland and Richmond Counties, Virginia have enjoyed freedom since 1791. Their descendants survive today in Richmond County, Virginia, Baltimore, Maryland, Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington D.C. The pride that these families have exhibited from pre emancipation slavery days through post emancipation has provided a major inspiration for my chronicling their fascinating history. Continue reading ...

May 9, 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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