finding your roots

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Early settlers in Colonial America

Joseph Mark Rogers

As through the years I researched my family I became amazed at how early my American roots were. Continue reading ...

February 3, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

Researcher, research thyself!

Madeleine Johnson

I was a summer intern at "Finding Your Roots." It was thrilling to connect history to real individuals, and uncover lost connections with the past. It made me curious about my own ancestry, and I ultimately wrote about my experience for Scientific American. Continue reading ...

February 3, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

Fourth grade field trip


The first time I ever left the United States I visited Iran when I was nine years old. Continue reading ...

January 24, 2012 | Leave a comment



Wally Marzano-Lesnevich

We were standing in a cemetery in a village in the Pyrenees region of France, on an August day, and my sister was freaked out. Now, to be fair, she probably would’ve been freaked out no matter what day it was, or where we were. She’s never liked cemeteries. Continue reading ...

January 24, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

Choosing Each Other

Irene Hernandez

I’ve always been envious of people who know their grandparents. I’ve never met any of mine, the last of them having died only days after I was born. Continue reading ...

January 23, 2012 | Leave a comment

Miles M Miller, Sergt. Co. C. 30th Iowa Vol. Inft.

Kelsey McConnell

On August 11, 1862, my Great Great Great Grandfather enlisted in the Union Army. He was assigned to the 30th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Company C and spent the next three years fighting in the Civil War. Continue reading ...

January 23, 2012 | 3 COMMENTS

A Visit with My Grandmother

Nancy Fulton

As a child I often visited my maternal grandmother, (whom my father lovingly referred to as “The Duchess!”) She was a terrific lady. She was smart, talented, and had a great sense of humor. She also could be very snobby, feeling superior to others largely because of her early American ancestors, some of whom graced her walls. Continue reading ...

January 20, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

Solomon Isaacs

Jewish-American Copper Company

Kate Fulton

My Jewish ancestors were early arrivals to the United States (some even predated the union). There are records on my great great great grandmother's side of the family, dating all the way back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Continue reading ...

January 19, 2012 | 3 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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