finding your roots

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A Lady named Jane

Annette Whitfield

My journey of finding my roots began in 2008. I found out my 5th great grandmother was born in Plainfield NJ c.1799-1800 and she lived at least until 1880; I found her in the census of Union county NJ, city of Plainfield aged 80. Continue reading ...

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Grand parents Excape

Desiree Isaryk

I don't know that much about my dad's side of the family but I heard the came to the US from Ukraine during the Holocaust and that my grandmother and her kids were hiding in someone attic. Continue reading ...

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Finding the Paternal mystery sides

Carol J. McClure

On both my maternal sides I have done well in tracing a few 100years back. I can belong to both the DAR and Mayflower Society. I found your show on Maggie Gyllenhaal Interesting as I too am related to Rev. John Lathrop, His daughter married the son of my Mayflower ancestors son. Continue reading ...

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Child of the Holocaust

Michael Klein

My parents arrived in NYC in late 1947, two years later they met and married. They lived the American dream and left behind the horrors of Europe during the war. Continue reading ...

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I was just called a mixed salad

Lauren Faragasso

Today I asked someone how to pronounce their name. I wanted to show my respect and to make sure that when I spoke with them it would be said correctly. Continue reading ...

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Greek descendants

Thalia Harithas

My great grandfather was Yiannis Angelopoulos. He was a rigoleto and his name listed at La Scala in Milan, Italy. Continue reading ...

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The Kelly’s

Nicole

This isn't my story, but I thought it would be interesting to have on the show. Continue reading ...

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Oh What A Surprise

Ryland E. Foster Sr.

I grew up in 1960's middle America. I grew up in a large family of 6 children. As a young boy I relished visita to relatives homes and or their visits to our home. It was always with relatives on my fathers side of the family. Continue reading ...

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A Vanishing Ancestoral Past

Lisa Suarez-Tadus

When I watch the program I constantly search for a theme that I can relate to. I'm envious of the European descendants whose ancestral past is well documented, even for many who had impoverished relatives. Continue reading ...

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From Slave to a Page in the Handbook of Texas

Maxine Willoughby

Richard Seale was born in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1787. On January 23, 1835, Joshua Seale purchased Richard (Called Uncle Dick by the family.) at about 22 or 23 years old for $850.00 from John L. Knox in Hinds County, Mississippi. Continue reading ...

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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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