Finding Your Roots

For more than a decade, renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has helped to expand America’s sense of itself, stimulating a national conversation about identity with humor, wisdom, and compassion. Professor Gates has explored the ancestry of dozens of influential people from diverse backgrounds, taking millions of viewers deep into the past to reveal the connections that bind us all.

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Major corporate support for FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., Season Six is provided by Ancestry, Johnson & Johnson and AT&T. Major support is also provided by the Ford Foundation, Candace King Weir, the Lloyd Carney Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

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A Grandmother's Memoir

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Lisa Ling reads an emotional excerpt from her grandmother's memoir.



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First Ancestor in the U.S.

01:27

Laura Linney reads aloud an ancestor's confession that led to their exile in Virginia.

A Family of Convicts

02:04

Soledad O’Brien discovers the "bad leg of the family."

Varmus Grandparents

00:57

Dr. Harold E. Varmus expresses his gratitude to his grandparents for leaving Europe.

Take My Breath Away

01:41

Dr. Jackson views the 1836 estate records listing the names of her enslaved ancestors.

Revolutionary War

01:01

Dr. Francis Collins learns his ancestor was a Patriot that served in the Continental Army.

Freeing Slaves in 1804

01:19

Dr. Francis Collins learns his ancestors freed their slaves in 1804.