finding your roots

30 Years Searching & So Far to Go!

Susie May 30, 2012

I am excited about this program! For a little over 30 years I have slowly worked on my genealogy. Fortunately, I had relatives on both sides of the family that were willing to share family bibles and handwritten family histories, family graves, etc. Now I have a file of thousands of names. I searched in spurts, finding new branches and firming up old ones. I have contributed to the LDS Family History & also worked on their extraction program from time to time. Research has come a LONG way since I started. There were a lot of hours spent in the Nat’l Archives and Library of Congress in DC. It is amazing how much is out there; but, on the other hand, many mistakes are being made with so many people contributing. Once a royal line is tapped, and I found a few, the records go way back. However, I am extremely excited about the DNA work. If I had the money, I would love to firm up not only as Mary Boleyn really is my grandmother on both of my parents’ lines, and did Henry VIII father both of her first 2 children, over the 5 years she was his mistress. Not only that, what is the connection between my great-grandmother and the James brothers in Missouri. I still have so many questions, so much work and so little time.

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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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