It may take far less than six degrees of separation to connect us. Geneticists who worked on the Finding Your Roots series were able to connect guests through just one or two other individuals.
Actor Kevin Bacon’s Quaker ancestor immigrated from England to America for the chance to freely practice his religion. Arriving in the New World, the ancestor bought huge plots of land from the well-known Quaker leader William Penn.
Finding Your Roots looks into the ancestral pasts of real-life married Hollywood couple actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on discussing genealogy with actor Kevin Bacon for the Finding Your Roots series and on Bacon’s reluctance to focus on the past.