Dear readers,
I have always been fascinated by those people who could set up literally thousands of dominos and then with one flick, cause a chain reaction that sent the tiles cascading in various directions.
Genealogy and family history have also become one of the most intriguing and newest hobbies of the decade, taking on a life of its own causing its own similar chain reaction.
During the past two weeks I have been watching a new TV program called “Who Do You Think You Are.” The program follows different celebrities who research their ancestry.
As far as I know, this is the first program of its kind. It is sponsored by Ancestry.com and airs on Friday nights at 9 p.m. on NBC. I highly recommend you take a look at it and see the wonderful heritage these people have.
The first show documented Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) and her ancestry.
She discovered that one of her great-grandmothers was actually part of the Salem Witch Trials of the 1690s. Fortunately, she was not convicted as they disbanded this practice before she could go to trial.
The second show followed Emmitt Smith (all time NFL rushing leader).
He began his search by talking to his parents in Pensacola, Fla. From there his search took him to Burnt Corn, Ala., then to Mecklenburg, Va. and finally to the West coast of Africa.
He also took a DNA test where he discovered that he was 7 percent Native American, 12 percent European, and 81 percent African American. According to the genealogist, this was one of the highest percentages of pure African heritage that she had seen.
Smith then went to Africa and discovered that his maternal grandparents were part of the 18th century slave trade.
You too can start your journey by visiting the Family History Center and find out just “who you are.” The center will be closed on Sunday, April 4 for Easter Sunday.
For additional information or assistance, call Portia NeVille at 926-0776 or the center at 926-6671 during operating hours.