Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates JrOn Tuesday, the first episode of Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s program “Finding Your Roots” aired on PBS. The episode focuses on three celebrities who knew nothing of their fathers’ respective ancestries. The segment with Gloria Reuben was mostly shot in the offices of the NYG&B.
She learned that her white father was 78 years old when she was born, and that he died without telling her anything about his ancestry. During the program, she learned that he was descended from a Jewish family in Jamaica, and her mother, who is African-American, was traced to slaves in Jamaica, including the original family member born in Africa. The research turned up her name, which is a very rare find.  The entire episode is available online here.
Members should check their local PBS stations for dates and times of future episodes.

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