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First southner killed in civil War

West Jordan

April 28 1861. Washington DC. Two weeks after Sumter. Unoin troops went to arrest my maternal Great great grandfather Cornelius Boyd for being a southern sympthizer. Continue reading ...

March 24, 2012 | Leave a comment

Colonel Tye

frances moore

Twenty years ago, I went to a family gathering of a collateral elderly cousin, Vivian Titus. By some accounts, she was an avid researcher and had wanted to share the results of her most recent find. Continue reading ...

March 23, 2012 | Leave a comment

The Black Harvard’s

J. Harvard

As a black male with the last name Harvard, I have always heard the corny jokes regarding history of my name. Continue reading ...

March 23, 2012 | Leave a comment

Unknown past

Joyce Bray

I feel I have no past family. I have only a few pictures and not even the name of my father's parents. My mother's parents and my daddy's parents names are all I have. Continue reading ...

March 23, 2012 | Leave a comment

Could it be? Is Samuel L. Jackson my cousin?

Felicia Montgomery Cleburn

I have always been very interested in genealogy, especially as a black American. After a certain point, our African ancestry is just a big mystery; making it very difficult for black people to trace their roots. Continue reading ...

March 22, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

texas oil royalty fraud against early settlers.

aroldo gonzales longoria

Longoria surname came from two names --longo and rio. Continue reading ...

March 22, 2012 | 1 Comment

Where did this name come from?

Charles B. Greene

My mother's maiden name was Hayes. Her father, my grandfather, Daniel John Hayes, was a longshoreman and tavelled the world. That is about all I know and as far back as I can go and I want to know more about my mother's lineage. Continue reading ...

March 22, 2012 | Leave a comment

Genealogical Sleuthing

Donna Brodie

Up until the year of 1999, (When I was 33 years old) I didn't even know my GG Grandfather's name. I didn't know where my paternal GG Grandfather was from. I didn't even know that he existed. Continue reading ...

March 21, 2012 | 5 COMMENTS

Same Surname

Marilyn Adeyemi

My husband and I have something in common; our grandparent's surname. Continue reading ...

March 21, 2012 | Leave a comment

Two Paternals,Poppa Who?


Have you ever heard the saying: "Momma's Baby, Poppa's maybe"? that's me. Continue reading ...

March 21, 2012 | Leave a 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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