finding your roots

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Michelle A. Mead-Armor March 12, 2012

I am having a wonderful time researching my own family, but also the family of my late husband, John Charles Armor. John is a direct descendant of Charles Linn, who was influential in founding the city of Birmingham, Alabama. I have come up against a mystery, however. There are conflicting stories as to whether or not Charles Linn left behind a wife and childen in Finland when he came to America. In any case, he was certainly a colorful character, crossing the Altantic over 50 times, first as a cabin boy, but later as the captain of his own ship. He and his son were blockade runners during the Civil War, taking Southern cotton to Liverpool to earn money for the Confederate cause. And that’s just John’s family! Mine contains a John Quincy Adams Bullis and a Grant Sheridan Meade, showing that at least we have always had a sense of history!

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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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