As I watched a preview of this program, FINDING YOUR ROOTS, I couldn’t help but think back to my past Christmas holiday. The best present that I received was from my eighty year old grandfather. With no help, he created a family photo album — a flip book of old black and white photos — for each of his grandchildren. And on the back of each photo, he attached a label with a description, names of the people in the photo and their ages. I sat with him that day and went through each photo, and although the description was on the back, he added so many other charming details to the story that I just would have never known if we hadn’t spent that time together. I learned that my great, great grandfather moved from Germany to Africa, married a woman in South Africa, and although she died during childbirth, a family was created — one that I have never met and one (after researching online) that owns a coffee plantation in which you can tour. So it’s no secret where my passport will take me next.
Whether it’s anecdotes about ancestors from generations
past, or stories of recent relatives, each of us has a rich, unique
genealogical heritage to share. In all
this research you find yourself, and it makes you cognizant of what kind of
legacy you want to leave with this world.
If this fascinates you in the least, you will no doubt enjoy
FINDING YOUR ROOTS, one of the newest PBS series airing Sundays at 7p. The program examines the histories and family
genealogies of a number of well-known personalities. Renowned cultural critic and Harvard scholar
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. journeys deep into the ancestry of a group of remarkable
individuals and provides new understanding of personal identity and American
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