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How to Find Your Roots

Find kin and kinship in genealogy

Henry Louis Gates Jr., host of the PBS series "Finding Your Roots," makes the research work of genealogy look easy. But many of us don't really know where to start.

So Panhandle PBS brings you "How to Find Your Roots" at 7 p.m., April 26.

The show features advice and tips from local expert Cindy Wallace, an Amarillo Public Library reference librarian who specializes in genealogy and guides patrons as they begin to explore the backgrounds of their family members.

Wallace and other genealogy enthusiasts introduces in the episode have traced their lineage back to the American Revolution and, in some cases, much further.

"How to Find Your Roots" shares the rich history revealed in treasured family bibles, tintypes and photographs, and a scrapbook that illustrates the rapidly changing culture of the United States in the early 1900s.

The show provides a glimpse into the extensive collection of reference materials available at Amarillo's downtown library, as well as worksheets for budding genealogists.

Curious about building your family tree? Watch "How to Find Your Roots," at 7 p.m., April 26 on Panhandle PBS.

Most of us have cherished family heirlooms, but these treasures passed from generation to generation don't come alive unless their stories are told. 

So, Panhandle PBS is introducing a new digital series, "Shadowbox Stories," to highlight these objects and what makes them so special.

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Shadowbox Stories: Uncle Lowell's Doll

Leticia Goodrich shares the story of her Uncle Lowell's doll.

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Shadowbox Stories: Grandma Husky's "green stuff" bowl

Sadie Newsome shares the story of her Grandma Husky's "green stuff" bowl.


Finding Your Roots | Season 8 Teaser | PBS

Twenty-one of America’s most fascinating people discover the rich history of and tremendous diversity hidden within their families in the eighth season of the critically acclaimed PBS series “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” 

Viewers of "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." can explore and share their family histories via social media using the hashtag #FindingYourRoots on Facebook and Twitter. 

For more on the series, visit


Local support for Panhandle PBS engagement around "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." is provided by WETA. Corporate support for Season Eight of the series is provided by Ancestry and Johnson & Johnson. Support is also provided by Ford Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, and by the Inkwell Society and its members Candace King Weir; Lloyd Carney Foundation; Jim and Susan Swartz; Sheryl Sandbery and Tom Bernthal; Anne Wojcicki; Hayward and Kathy Draper; and Nicole Commissiong and Darnell Armstrong. Major support is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by viewers like you.

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