Finding Your Roots

Since the premiere of his groundbreaking series, African American Lives, in 2006 through the first two seasons of Finding Your Roots, noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has unearthed the family histories of influential people helping shape our national identity.

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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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Melissa's Great-Grandfather


Henry Lewis Gates Jr. talks through Melissa's Great-grandfather's death and how it affecte

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Family Work Ethic


Eric talks about getting his work ethic from his dad and grandfather.

Keeping Family Close


Melissa talks about keeping her family close and how it must come from her genetics.

A Great-Great-Grandfather's Scandal


Henry Lewis Gates Jr. reveals Melissa's great-great-grandfather's scandal.

Eric’s Kansas Roots


Henry Lewis Gates Jr. reveals the first member of Eric's family to come to Kansas.

The Name Stonestreet


Henry Lewis Gates Jr. discovers how the name Stonestreet came to be.

Mia's Grandparents


Henry Lewis Gates Jr. reveals a shocking story about Mia's grandparents.