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Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines the histories and family genealogies of a number of well-known personalities. But every family has their own story! Whether it’s anecdotes about ancestors from generations past or stories of recent relatives, each of us has a rich, unique genealogical heritage to share. Tell us your family story by using the form below.**Please do not submit genealogical research inquiries, press releases or personal requests for Professor Gates. This section is to share personal family histories only.**
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anita Burbank-Jenkins

Centennial, Colorado

I have a unique history. i was born in Lima, Peru to a Peruvian-American father and a mother from Nebraska. She went to Peru at twenty five to ...

Caleb LaBord

Irmo, SC, United States

Easily you could look at my family and say we're just an ordinary American black family. But if you look at us a little closer you might say we look ...

Mitchell London

Boston, MA, United States

What I know of my family's story is: we descend from British, African, and Cherokee on my father's side from Savannah, GA. As children while viewing our family's ...

Lyndon Johnson

Chicago, IL, United States

My name is Lyndon Johnson, I was born in Honduras to Karl Johnson and Diluvina Johnson. I am white by appearance, grew up in a Hispanic culture. My soul longs ...

Donna Stewart-Moore

Glenn Dale, MD, United States

I am 6 Generations out of Washington D.C. My Fathers name is Charles Earl Stewart and my Mother's name is Annie Mae (Johnson) Stewart. They had 12 children. My Father ...

Galvin Adderley

North Charleston, SC, United States

I have asked questions of my family from the age of 8 0r 9 years old. My Parents along with my older brothers moved to the United States in 1957. ...

Robin Forbes

Asheboro nc

My story is that myself and my siblings were brought up very racial biased. The "N" word was very common in my home and it always struck me how ...

Frank Turscak

Oklahoma City

On April 16, 1907, Tomo Turscak arrived at Ellis Island from Petrijanec, Croatia, at the age of 28. The ship's manifest showed he was married and on the way to ...

Mary Beth Sheetz

Framingham, MA, United States

My Father did not know until he attended his Father's funeral in 1958 that he had a 1/2 sister and brother (his Father's first wife had died in 1918 and ...

Veronica McClure

Marysville, CA, United States

Grampy McClure was a widower & Gram McClure was a very young widow when they married & had my dad, his older brother, older sister, a ...

Norma Chantler

Windsor, Ontario, Canada

I have brick wall both maternally and paternally. Paternally, the line which intrigues me most is that of my Scottish born father Alexander Heath Niven. My ...

Lori Johnston (Beckwith)

Through my father's side, I have been able to trace my family back to my 12th great grandfather, William Brewster. He was the religious leader of the original Pilgrims ...

Carmen Dandridge

Columbus, Ohio

Like the Mayle's of Phillipi you recently highlighted, the two inter-racial families I descend from also are from the same area (Norris and Norman). The Norris branch is traced back ...

Lawrence Henry Tassone

Bridgeville, DE 19933

I was born in North Adams, Massachusetts on 16 Feb 1937 as the second son of Bruno Tassone and Frances L. Tassone (nee Mock) in the N. Adams Hospital. ...

Orlando Carbone

Whittier, CA, United States

...The mystery of my name, Orlando Julio Carbone Hubbard, stemming from European ancestors - somehow finding its way to Mexican bloodlines, makes me wonder about my family history and its ...