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James Family Secret

Sherry A. Hue

My father grandfather was white from a little community of Bolivar, La north of New Orleans and was never talk about not even from his mother which was my grandmother. Continue reading ...

April 3, 2012 | 1 Comment

Jessie James

Patricia Lafayette

Jessie James is my grandfathers older brother. Not a proud bit of family history. Continue reading ...

April 3, 2012 | 1 Comment

Joseph Littleton Speir

Finding the Unexpected

Barbara White

My Speir family has been trying to find out where the Speir family came from. We hit the brickwall and before my uncle died in August, I sent his DNA to familytreedna. Continue reading ...

April 3, 2012 | 4 COMMENTS

The Elusive Parts of My Story

Jon Westlund

I was originally born in Schweinfurt, Germany, but I have been in the United States for many years. In 2002, I decided to take a trip back to the place where I was born, but also to the time I was born. Continue reading ...

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Lisa Johnson nelsen

I was born and raised in Charleston WV. I'm a direct descendent of the Hatfield family by marriage. One reason I have worked on the family tree is because we came across a rare eye disease that my father and myself have, I had to have transplant theses past two years. Continue reading ...

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Will Johnson/Joe Small

Predennis Johnson

Will Johnson was my paternal grandfather. I was told that before moving to Arkansas, in the early 1900's, that his name was Joe/Joseph Small. Continue reading ...

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Georgetown University breaches duty to benefactor’s heirs

Joseph John Gleason

My father and his cousin attended Georgetown University as direct descendants of General Coale, who donated land and money to Georgetown University in return for a pledge to allow any direct male descendant of his to attend tuition, room and board for free. Continue reading ...

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Am finding my Royal lineage…


From the time my sisters and i were young, we were told that we are descendants of a line of Sri Lankan kings. The name Bhuwanaka Bahu was what i recall. I decided to find out if it was true. Continue reading ...

April 3, 2012 | 8 COMMENTS

The Mixed Races of Family Secrets


I started my research online six years ago for various reasons; one reason being the old stories my grandmother told me as a child, another reason being the strong 'genetic blood disorder' that seems to have been passed from generation to generation and almost cost me the ability to have my own family, and lastly and more importantly because I wanted to be able to give my children a since of belonging when asked at school to give their family history. Continue reading ...

April 2, 2012 | Leave a comment

The Sidgwicks of Tudhoe

George Sidgwick

After just watching your program, I am very anxious to see your upcoming program featuring Kyra Sedgwick, who lives 15 miles from me. Continue reading ...

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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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