finding your roots

Hitting the Wall

Debbie Williams March 27, 2012

I am trying to find information on my great grandfather, Riley Croker who fought in the Civil War. He is listed on census records as mulatto. In North Carolina at the time persons who were mixed white & native American were also listed as mulatto. In the central piedmont area of NC, where my family is from, there were several small native american tribes who merged with other tribes. Also John Lawson, an early explorer, traveled through the area and noted that the native americans in the area were very short, like my grandmother. My story is really several questions. How do you tell if your mulatto ancestor was native american or african american? How do you become part of a study to have your DNA tested?

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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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