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Tammy Porter May 29, 2012

Hello my name is Tammatha (Patton) Porter DOB 04-22-1958. I have always wonder who I am, my father William Frank Patton Jr died in 1969. I lost contact with the Patton side of my family. My mother just passed 2008. So now I want to know more than ever who am I? My father was germany and black Irsish. So far everyone I have found was born in Missouri as far back 1831. His name was Thomas M. Patton DOD about 1931 he married Marth Ann Gibson ( Gipson) from Missouri in Nov 28, 1850, she was born in 1884. My great grandmother Isabella Riley was from Irland , My Grandmother Tillie Zardt was from Germany. I have nobody to ask my father’s sibling are died. My mother’s madian name was Fingers I found out that it use to be Finger before they came over from Germany. My grandmother’s maidan name was Wright I do not know a lot about this side of my family either. I am righting this to see if you can give me any leads at all. Where to go where to look.

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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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