finding your roots

Adopted in 1956

Rita Lewis May 16, 2012

I am an adopted child. I was born in 1956. My biological mother, Joanne Lee Therkildsen (based on my research) had a relationship with Troy W Lane. She was “white”, he wasn’t (“native american, french, black” aka creole – I think). Her parents stood by her while she was in a home for unwed mothers.Her background was mostly Danish, from Connecticut. My father was a mixed race person. Family from Oklahoma. They met in San Diego. I found my mother’s name and bitrhdate via an adoptees website. When I find her, and my half sisters via internet searches, I come up with expired addresses.
Who ARE these people whose genes I share????

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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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