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Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Angela Buchdahl, Rick Warren And Yasir Qadhi

Airs Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Rabbi Angela Buchdahl

Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., executive producer, writer, presenter
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Above: Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., executive producer, writer, presenter

Trace Your Family History

Online databases make it easier than ever to trace your own family history, and DNA testing allows for the type of deep research conducted for FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. These resources can help you get started.

Pastor Rick Warren
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Above: Pastor Rick Warren

The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.

Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 through May 20, 2012 at 8 p.m.

The series features Kevin Bacon, Cory Booker, Angela Buchdal, Geoffrey Canada, Margaret Cho, Harry Connick Jr., Robert Downey Jr., Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Samuel L. Jackson, John Legend, John Lewis, Branford Marsalis, Yasir Qadhi, Condoleezza Rice, Michelle Rodriguez, Kyra Sedgwick, Wanda Sykes, Ruth Simmons, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Rick Warren.

"Angela Buchdahl, Rick Warren And Yasir Qadhi" - Pastor Rick Warren, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and Sheik Yasir Qadhi — clerics of three different faiths — all have complex family histories that profoundly shaped their religious beliefs.

Research of their roots unearthed a story about the spiritual foundations of this country, an unrelenting struggle to achieve the ideal of religious freedom and tolerance, but also the difficulties sometimes of holding onto one’s faith and still feeling like an “authentic” American.

Share Your Story

Everyone has a story. 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. Tell us your family story and read other family stories.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS is on Facebook.

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Finding Your Roots: Not Just Part of My DNA: Angela Buchdahl

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Above: Korean-American Rabbi Angela Buchdahl describes the moment when she realized she wanted to become a rabbi.

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Finding Your Roots: Calvinist Props

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Above: Pastor Rick Warren learns that his ancestor served as a deacon in an American church established in the 17th century.

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Finding Your Roots: The Growth of Islam in America

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Above: Years after his father arrived in Houston as one of a few of Islams, Sheikh Yasir Quadhi returned to the city lead a congregation of 30,000 in Eid prayer.

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Extended Preview: Finding Your Roots

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Above: The basic drive to discover who we are is at the core of the new PBS series FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.