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Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Barbara Walters And Geoffrey Canada

Airs Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Geoffrey Canada, founder of Harlem Children's Zone, Inc., is featured in this episode of FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.

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.

Barbara Walters
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Above: Barbara Walters

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 premiered nationally on 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.

"Barbara Walters And Geoffrey Canada" - What’s in a name? Well, a lot, at least when it comes to piecing together family history. For former slaves, choosing a last name was one of their first acts of freedom.

For Jewish immigrants, it was a way to fit in in their new country. Whatever the reason for a name change, it can make the process of learning about one’s ancestors difficult, if not impossible.

In this episode, Gates unearths missing links in the family histories of media legend Barbara Walters and educational superstar Geoffrey Canada. Walters did not know her father’s real last name. Canada did not know the name of his grandfather. Both had been unable to access their history … until now.

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: Barbara Walters And Geoffrey Canada

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Above: FINDING YOUR ROOTS looks into the ancestral pasts of journalist Barbara Walters and educator Geoffrey Canada.

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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.

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