finding your roots

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members of large families

lois m. michaud

i have been looking up my families for years, of course like most every one else you start with who and what you know, but boy i didn't realize how big this family grows out to be. Continue reading ...

April 9, 2012 | Leave a comment

John George

Home Children


My great-grandfather was a home child. His parents were freed slaves that moved from the Caribbean to Australia. Continue reading ...

April 9, 2012 | 1 Comment

My Italian Roots

Teddy LoPiccolo

My grandmother was born in the East Harlem section of New York City in 1905, but by the time she was two years old my great grand parents decided to go back to Italy. Continue reading ...

April 9, 2012 | 1 Comment

My cousin St. Therese of Lisieux

Rosanna L. Carabelas

As I get older, I am sixty, I find myself wanting more & more to confirm the family lineage to St. Therese of Lisieux. My material grandmother, Rosanna Martin Grenier, said that St. Therese was her first cousin. Continue reading ...

April 9, 2012 | 1 Comment

Family Tree & Anthropology


Whether my family's conclusions about my maternal grandmother and grandfather are true or just fantasy, we seem to have discovered a few things about them that not many blacks had the privilege to enjoy around that time. Continue reading ...

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Lost Family in Missouri

Cherise ArthAllur

My mother passed away in 2009. She was the only daughter of Edna Mae Allen and Walter Bray (from Therber,Tx). Continue reading ...

April 9, 2012 | 4 COMMENTS

George Ormsby Family

Nita B. Phillips

Searching for over 10 years and have a serious brick wall concerning George Ormsby, ca 1740-1775. Geo. and wife, Sarah Edmundosn Ormsby, documented in new Bern, NC in 1769. Continue reading ...

April 9, 2012 | 1 Comment

Irwin connection

Jim Strutz

My 3rd great-grandfather was Irwin Anderson. Born in 1820 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he served an apprenticeship as a blacksmith before moving north to Connoquenessing, Butler county, Pennsylvania, around 1853. Continue reading ...

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The last of the real McCoy’s

James R Baylis

Iam the son of fugitive slaves that ran north from south carolina 1720s-1860s crossing the Ohio river and then the Detroit river into Canada Essex & Kent County's Ontario Canada . Continue reading ...

April 9, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

looking for Apollos

dallas lincoln

I can trace my "Lincoln" ancestory back to Mass. and Vermont about 1700 or 1710. Its pretty certain that I am not related to Abe. Continue reading ...

April 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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