finding your roots

A Lady named Jane

Annette Whitfield May 1, 2012

My journey of finding my roots began in 2008. I found out my 5th great grandmother was born in Plainfield NJ c.1799-1800 and she lived at least until 1880; I found her in the census of Union county NJ, city of Plainfield aged 80. She had a number of children living with her or visiting at the time the census taker was on scene. Her name was Jane Wyckoff. I believe she had one child (female) my 4th great grandma. I have been trying to find out if Jane’s owner/husband was responsible for her birth or if she was matched with another slave. I come from a strong matriarchial society and need to know exactly where I come from. I made a promise to my grandmother (mother’s mother) some years ago and I found so much information that it still blows me away. However, I would like to know where we originated. I do believe that every person on this planet has a common root. I believe we all come from one source, and that our families just spread out to different places. Anyway, if I could find out which tribe in Africa or native american tribe we came from, I would appreciate any information you may be able to provide. Thank you

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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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