Catch Up on CNN Roots This Weekend!

Did you miss out on the CNN Roots series last week? Now you can watch each episode online at CNN! Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper, Anthony Bourdain and more!

At a loss when it comes to something to watch on TV or even online this weekend? Well if you missed out on any of the episodes of CNN Roots last week, you can access all of them online!

Twelve CNN anchors trace their family roots across the globe and back in time. Watch the two-hour “Roots” special hosted by Anderson Cooper and Michaela Pereira on CNNgo:

John Berman – Could John Berman be royalty? Is he related to the Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza, noted as the Prince of Philosophers? John Berman travels to Amsterdam, the country where his ancestors, the Spinozas, lived for 140 years in search of his “Inner Spinoza”… and the truth.

Anthony Bourdain – This investigation into the puzzling history of the Bourdain’s great, great, great, grandfather, Paraguayan émigré Jean Bourdain, serves as a springboard to his first tour of this South American country. In Paraguay, Bourdain explores both jungle and desert land, a rich culture, and savory local dishes that include Bife Koygua, Bori Bori, and Sopa Paraguaya.

Wolf Blitzer – Wolf Blitzer pays a visit to Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust museum. While there, this son of Holocaust survivors discovers his paternal grandparents actually perished in one of the most brutal extermination camps of WWII, Auschwitz. Wolf returns to his roots in Poland: to visit the camp where more than a million Jews were murdered by the Nazis. He travels to his father’s hometown in the neighboring village, where not one Jew lives today. Wolf also looks for any trace of his maternal grandparents – including his namesake Wolf Zylberfuden – a task made more difficult by a Poland completely rebuilt after the war. Wolf then heads to his own hometown of Buffalo, New York, where his parents managed to start a successful new life in America.

Kate Bolduan – Kate Bolduan just gave birth to her first child, a daughter, so finding out about her family tree comes at a perfect time. Bolduan grew up in the Midwest, and was surprised to learn that she comes from a long line of glass blowers from a tiny village in Belgium. Pregnant during her journey, Bolduan set off to find out more about the family business, learning her great great grandmother traveled to America while SHE was pregnant, too. And you’ll never believe what historic event happened just weeks before she set sail.

Erin Burnett – After 50 years of living on a farm in Maryland, Erin Burnett’s parents are packing up their memories and moving on. The move prompts Erin to learn more about her roots beyond the home she grew up in and loves so much. Her journey takes her to a remote Scottish island where she uncovers her ancestors’ struggle to survive the potato famine, and meets relatives who still call Scotland home.

Anderson Cooper – Many people know Anderson Cooper as having come from one of America’s most famous families – the Vanderbilts. But growing up, Anderson was always drawn to the southern roots of his father, Wyatt Cooper. Anderson travels to Mississippi where his father grew up and discovers ties between the poor farming family and the rich Vanderbilts that existed before his parents ever met.

Chris Cuomo – The son and brother of two governors of New York, Chris Cuomo thought he knew all there was to know about his roots, but he discovers a mysterious figure, Germana Castaldo, at the heart of it. Chris travels to the bedrock of the Cuomo family in Italy to retrace her steps.

Sanjay Gupta – CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, takes his family half-way around the world to uncover his roots. Their trip, from his mother’s tiny village in Pakistan to his father’s hometown just outside Delhi, is full of surprises. And you won’t believe how mom and dad actually met, right here in America.

Don Lemon – Because of poor record keeping, it’s nearly impossible for descendants of slaves in America to trace their ancestry past 1870. So CNN’s Don Lemon sets off to find his roots and fill the gaps in his family tree. It’s a journey that takes him from a Louisiana plantation to the hub of the transatlantic slave trade in West Africa.

Michaela Pereira – Michaela Pereira’s adoption journey began when she was very young—just three-months-old in Canada. Although she “hit the jackpot” with her adoptive family, she also knows that much of what you see in front of you—the color of her skin, the curl of her hair—comes from her biological parents. After a brief search years ago led to closed doors, Michaela embarks on her roots journey again—this time not in pursuit of her birth parents, but for the place that her ancestors came from—in St. James Parish, Jamaica.

Christine Romans – As a journalist, Christine Romans interviews newsmakers every day. But in her family, the real newsmaker is just an ordinary girl who had the courage to leave a small town in Denmark, and everything she knew, behind to start all over again in America. Christine goes there, to where it all started.

Jake Tapper – Jake Tapper grew up in Philly, blocks from Independence Hall, steeped in Americana. He was surprised to learn his family members were Colonists. He was even more surprised to learn that, during the Revolutionary War, they were traitors who sided with British and fled to Canada. Jake travels to Canada to unravel the mystery of why his family remained loyal to the Crown, and how that changes his own story.

Fareed Zakaria – Fareed Zakaria takes viewers on a historical journey as he explores his family’s roots and discovers how his personal story intersects with critical moments in history. Fareed’s father, an orphan and self-made man who eventually became a Minister in India’s government, often claimed that he had Central Asian “warrior” ancestry. Given the lack of records in India, Fareed takes a DNA test to see whether his father’s jocular claims can be validated. True to form, Fareed puts what he learns along the way into greater historical context.

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

Ancestry.com Adds Additional Pennsylvania Death Records

Ancestry.com announced the expansion of its Pennsylvania Death Records database to include death certificates and indexes through 1963.

Just after midnight today, Ancestry.com released additional records as part of its Pennsylvania Death Records collection. The database – Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906-1963, had previously contained records only through 1944.

About the Pennsylvania Death Certificates Database

With provided by Ancestry.com, here is additional information about this record set:

  • The collection consists of ALL publicly available death records from the Pennsylvania State Archives.
  • The collection was launched in three parts starting April 4, 2014:
    First – 2,477,238
    Second – 2,374,698
    Third – 2,199,145
    Total: 7,051,081
    Year Range: 1906-1963
  • Previously a closed record state, recent Pennsylvania legislation has opened death records for those occurring after 50 years with a birth after 105 years.
  • Collection has received 12 million page views since first part went live on April 4, 2014.

Additional Pennsylvania Records

Ancestry.com currently has 3,099,615 records from the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg – these do not include the death records described above. In addition, since marriage records are held at the county level, they are not included with the Pennsylvania State Archive records.

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

Genealogy Blogging Events – Week of 24-31 October 2014

Get the latest news on genealogy blogging events for the week of 24-31 October 2014, right here at GeneaBloggers.
Here is a list of events and goings-on in the world of genealogy blogging. Here’s what is happening in the coming week:

Daze of the Week!

Here are some upcoming dates to look out for so you can plan your genealogy and family history blog posts for next week:

  • 24 October: First Barrel Jump Over Niagara Falls – Anniversary, Food Day, Belva Lockwood’s Birthday – Anniversary and United Nations Day.
  • 25 October: International Magic Week begins, Make A Difference Day, National Forgiveness Day, and World Pasta Day.
  • 26 October: Erie Canal Opens – Anniversary, Daylight Savings Time Ends – European Union, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral – Anniversary, Mahalia Jackson’s Birthday – Anniversary, Mother-In-Law Day and Reformation Sunday.
  • 27 October: James Cook’s Birthday – Anniversary, Navy Day, New York City Subway – Anniversary, Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthday – Anniversary, and “Walt Disney” Television Debut – 60th Anniversary.
  • 28 October: Donner Party Famine – Anniversary, Harvard University Founded – Anniversary, Feast of St. Jude, and Statue of Liberty Dedication – Anniversary.
  • 29 October: Internet Created – 45th Anniversary, National Cat Day, and Stock Market Crash of 1929 – 8th Anniversary.
  • 30 October: John Adams’ Birthday – Anniversary, Checklist Day, Create a Great Funeral Day, Devil’s Night and War of the Worlds Broadcast – 75th Anniversary.
  • 31 October: Car Talk Radio Show Premiere – Anniversary, Frankenstein Friday, Halloween, Mount Rushmore Completed – Anniversary, and Admission Day – Nevada.

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