finding your roots


Deborah Veals April 2, 2012

My name is Deborah Veals from Houston, TX and I am the grand-daughter of Grant Veals Sr. My father Grant Veals Jr. passed away in 1977 when I was 8, and I never really got to know my extended Veals family from Amite County, Mississippi. Recently, I was contacted by one of the grandchildren of my Grand-father’s brother Chester Veals and this opened a whole window of ties to relatives; however I was intrigued to know more but have not been able to find much more on my father’s. Also, dad’s mother recently passed away in may of last year. She had a wealth of information, however she developed Alzheimer’s disease. Her maiden name was Norwood and although I had the pleasure of meeting my Great grandfather George W. Norwood (born around 1890, I understand that he possibly had 11-13 brothers and sisters I would like to see if somehow I would be related to celebrities Ray J and Brandy Norwood whose roots tie back to McComb, MS which is not far from where my family lived in Gloster, MS. I would love to know more. Please help!

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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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