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Malagasy sisters

Natalie Mills

Our oral history states 3 sisters travel from Madagascar during the French occupation around the 1860's because they where part of the royal family. The sisters travel to the states with a missionary and taught slave to read on am Alabama plantation (Larson ). Continue reading ...

May 1, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

My 4th Great-grandfather

brenda Payne Howard

I have always wondered who my ancesters were; where they were from or how they lived. History has always been one of my greatest loves, whether reading about it, or visiting museums, so it was always a sore spot that I really didn't know much about my own family. Continue reading ...

April 30, 2012 | Leave a comment

Finnish AND iRISH

Virginia (Nott) Prouty


April 30, 2012 | Leave a comment

Elizabeth Betts Goodman

A Mystery People – The Melungeons

Karen Goodman

The Melungeons are considered "one of world’s greatest anthropological mysteries". Continue reading ...

April 30, 2012 | 68 COMMENTS

Jewish Immigration to America

Peggy Wilkins

"Finding Your Roots" has given me a clearer picture of my husband's Eastern European Jewish roots, and why it has been so difficult to research them. Thank you for illuminating how dangerous it was to live in then-Russia before WWI. Continue reading ...

April 30, 2012 | 1 Comment

Famous Relatives and missing ancestors


On my Dad’s Mothers side, we are eligible to join the DAR and The Mayflower Society due to ancestors who founded Hartford, CT, and relatives that signed the Declaration of Independence (Robert Livingston and Fuller as well.) Continue reading ...

April 28, 2012 | Leave a comment

New Amsterdam or Bust

Frances Zahri

My paternal line ancestor Philippe de Triuex along with his wife Susanna du Chesne traveled to America looking for religious freedom. Continue reading ...

April 28, 2012 | Leave a comment

Descendant to Marie Antoinette

Denise Montalbano

My Great grandfather during his time had his family tree researched a little bit and he then discovered that he is- as I am a descendant to Marie Antoinette. I do have had written notes from him as well as a book published as our story as a small story about the family. Continue reading ...

April 28, 2012 | Leave a comment

World War I

Suzanne Alt

I recently found out that my grandfather's brother was a prisoner of war for five years when he was in the Italian Army in WWII. My aunt had only been married to him for six months when he joined the Army or maybe was drafted, I am not sure which. She said it was tradition that when you married in Italy, you went and lived with the husband's family. My aunt was supposedly my uncles cousin in some way, she also has French roots. My uncle was not heard from for five years, there were no reports or updates, she did not know whether he was alive or dead but had to remain living with his family. Continue reading ...

April 26, 2012 | Leave a comment

The Middleton’s: A Tale of Separate Paths, Separates Lives

Lori Moore Braneon

The name Middleton, up until a few years ago meant nothing to me. However my research reveals that the name has been successfully traced back through at least 27 generations (over 1600 years) by their white descendants. Continue reading ...

April 25, 2012 | Leave a 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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