finding your roots


Kelsey Brodowich November 6, 2012

My grandfathers family came over from Wales, and settled in North America. When my grandfather was about three years old his mother left their family and took his baby sister. Him and his brother were left to be raised by their father, who gave them up to his father to raise the two boys. My grandfather and his brother were lied to their entire life about their age, and their birthday. It was not until sometime in the 60′s that my grandfather saw his birth certificate for the very first time and realized he was two years younger than he thought, and his birthday completely different than he thought. My grandfather never spoke much about his family or any history, and left a lot of us wondering what happened. Later on his life a woman showed up at his door and said that she was his sister, which he never knew he had his entire life. I have been searching for months for answers as both of my grandparents are passed now, and anyone that would know anything about what happened. I have been on ancestry, looking through many many records and have still turned up nothing. There is no record of my grandfather being born, or either of his siblings. There is no marriage certificate, no record of his mother ever being alive. I have contacted collections Canada in regards to this and they were unable to find any record of his mother being alive either. Only the death certificate of her daughter. We have little to no information, no dates, no proof of anything other than that my grandfather stated that he was widowed in 1931. We would really love to find out what happened in our family and more about my grandfathers life. It has been hard on our family to not know.

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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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