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What am I? Who am I?

Cyndi M Maivia (Lopez)

All my life I have looked in the mirror and ask What am I ? Continue reading ...

March 20, 2012 | 5 COMMENTS

On the road to my Great-Grandfather

Sylvia F. Wilkins

We've all been there.... you have a surname or a given name and you think that because you have "Jones" or "Smith" or "John" that this is going to be a piece of cake. WRONG!!!!! Continue reading ...

March 20, 2012 | 8 COMMENTS

A Lost Ancestor

Chris Martin

For many years I had heard stories of my great gandmother Emma. It had been told to us that she was from France, Germany or possibly Switzerland. It was never related in the stories that how she arrived to the … Continue reading ...

March 19, 2012 | 11 COMMENTS

My Colorful Roots and Branches

Pamela Poole Rogers

My Colorful Roots and Branches I started researching my family genealogy after years of growing up hearing family stories and tales. My family has an unusual name which is “LIVELY”. My mother comes from a large family of 13 brothers … Continue reading ...

March 19, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

My grandma Helen M Whitecloud Butler

Catalina L Velasquez

She is 97 years old born in Setauket Long Island family was trace back to 350 years there. Continue reading ...

March 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

Cousin Meryl Streep

Melissa Howard

When Meryl Streep appeared in Sophie's Choice back in the 1980's I started hearing from friends and strangers that I looked like her Continue reading ...

March 19, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS


The History of Family Migration from 1860s-1960s


I have concentrated my research on the maternal side of my family. It is a fact, that in raising children, women are in the best position to also nurture their children’s feelings of belonging and identity through oral family history... Continue reading ...

March 15, 2012 | 4 COMMENTS

illegitimate father escapes to the Yukon Gold Rush

Jon Brines

My grandmother never her knew her paternal grandfather. He knocked up the 16-year-old farmer's daughter and skipped town. Continue reading ...

March 15, 2012 | Leave a comment

European History and Diversity

Walter S. Gabennesch

My paternal immigrant ancestor came from Alsace, France to Cincinnati, Ohio in the year 1849. We thought our ancestory was French-German. Upon further research in 2008, we found that their earliest known location, according to church records, was 1477 Montafon Valley, Vorarlberg, Austria. Continue reading ...

March 15, 2012 | Leave a comment

Connected: It’s what we all should be.

Gail R. Campbell

I was adopted at birth into the family of Dr. Douglas Gordon Campbell, MD, a prominent member of the early Psychoanalytic Society of San Francisco, and his wife, Marian Van Tuyl, a Graham dancer, dance educator, publisher on dance, and a lesser luminary in the constellation of early modern dancers in this country. Continue reading ...

March 13, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

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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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