finding your roots

Black Descendent of George Washington

Elias April 25, 2012

I’m from Ohio. My maternal grandmother was born in Washington, DC my maternal grandfather was born in Alabama. My grandfather’s father was brought to America from Trinidad & Tobago. My grandpa is of Afro-Trinidadian and Asian descent. My grandmother’s mother was born in Ohio. Her mother was a Pennsylvanian Dutch Annabaptist/mennonite. Her father was unidentified, she remarried to my step great-great grandfather. My great grandmother Ida Ivy’s parents we’re Jessie Odessa(Lacey) & Louis Lacey . My great grandmother is Pennsylvanian Dutch, Native American(Cherokee,Iroquois) and Black heritage. My grandmother’s father was born in Virginia. His name was James Ivy. His mother’s name Martha Hudson(Ivy) and father’s name Martin Thomas Ivy. His heritage is Liberian English and I cannot remember what
else. My paternal grandmother’s mother was from Dominican Republic who came to the south in America. She was Spanish & black. My grandmother’s father was of Geechee/Gullah ancestry. My paternal grandfather is of African American, Shawnee, and Irish ancestry. I don’t know the connections to George Washington but my great-grandmother told my mother and grandmother and all of her kids how we are linked. It was in a genealogy book but is now lost with relatives that do not keep in contact with the others. I would love to do research and find out more about it.

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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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