finding your roots

Finding long lost second cousins

Christine Penberthy November 6, 2012

My family is quite small; my parents both immigrants from Sweden. Had just one uncle and four cousins in the US. However, when I looked up my great-grandmother’s record on the Ellis Island website, I found that she was being sponsored by her brother, a Carl Swahn, of Chicago. His address was included but it seems the street no longer exists. I would love to find his descendants if there are any. Know any Swahns in Chicago or elsewhere?

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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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