Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Family Reunion Time

May 15, 2015
World Records often involve peril and great feats of courage, and in a way A.J. Jacobs’ plan to stage a Global Family Reunion in New York City this June is...
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DNA USA*

March 04, 2014
Using anonymous aggregated data 23andMe look sat the mix of African, European and Native American ancestry in the United States to gather an illuminating genetic portrait of the U.S. that both confirms some of what we know about America’s social history but also other things that are surprising and new.
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A Day For Family History And DNA

May 20, 2013
With participation by 23andMe and the three other major companies involved in DNA testing for ancestry, as well as talks from some of the most respected names in the field,...
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Make That Three Degrees of Separation

June 04, 2012
It’s an irony that as the world’s population has grown exponentially in the last 500 years – from about half a billion to now seven billion – we are actually closer and more connected. Previous theories of connectivity focused on social connections, the so-called six degrees of separation. But DNA now shows that people are linked through a much shorter chain.
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Behind the Scenes with PBS’s Finding Your Roots

March 19, 2012
As a PBS cameraman recorded the scene, 23andMe scientist Mike Macpherson drew lines connecting photographs of about two dozen celebrities to one another while  Henry Louis Gates Jr. riffed on...
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Solving Mysteries via DNA

March 01, 2012
Finding Your Roots Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a 10-part series in which the Harvard scholar will delve into the genealogy and genetics of famous Americans....
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Stories on Every Branch of the Family Tree

February 01, 2012
Every family has its stories. We just don’t know them all. That’s where genealogy comes in. Through census and military records, notes in family bibles, or conversations with older relatives...
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Don’t Miss the Final Episode of Faces of America this Wednesday!

March 01, 2010
Faces of America is a four-part series in which Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uses genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans in an...
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Faces of America on PBS

February 09, 2010
Faces of America is a four-part series in which Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uses genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans in an...
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African American Roots: What Genetics Can Reveal

November 17, 2008
Because their ancestors often were slaves during the 18th and 19th centuries, and therefore usually lacked birth or death certificates, it is very difficult for African American genealogists to trace...
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