PBS once broadcast Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. At its core is the basic drive to discover who we are, where we came from. Subjects include well-known personalities: Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., etc.
Is genealogy one of your interests? If you happen to be working on a family tree, you will be fascinated by the stories shared by Bruce Jenkins, Heather Weiberg, Ellen Morris, others. Seems that people with similar geographic ancestry share similar DNA characteristics.
Jamela Clark revealed how shocking it was (looking at old census records) to see that her great-grandmother, born white, became black thirty years later! Even more shocking to see how great-aunts and uncles born black (according to census records) became white as adults.
Personally, I never could see spending much time on genealogy. While it’s interesting to find “Amazing Ancestors” in our past, I much prefer spending precious time on the present. Right now, I am deep into THE PHILOSOPHY OF ERNEST HOLMES (DeVorss Publications). From jacket text, “Holmes leads us down the twists and turns of brilliant, unrestrained thought: Profound, witty, surprising, instructive.”
Ernest Holmes is the founder of Religious Science.