Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Paula Deen’s great-great-great-grandfather lived through slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction just as much as Jefferson Davis and Ulysses S. Grant did. While most of our ancestors aren’t mentioned in history books, this fact is one more reason for us to look back and stake our personal claim to events that shaped the world. Learn more about what Deen discovered when she found her family’s place in historic events on the season finale of Who Do You Think You Are? airing tonight at 8/7c on NBC. Ancestry.com is a sponsor of the show.

3 Comments

Tonoral Johnson 

I have been tracking my family to> I have found out so muchnabout my ancester very much please with my results . Thanks too ancestry.com I love thus site. I think everyone shoukld try this website.

May 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm
Jennie 

I loved watching Paula Deen and like her story. I too have deep southern roots but I was not shocked to find out that my ancestor owned slaves. My shock was finding out that I’m descended from freed Blacks. In tracing my father’s family I found out that my 4th great grandparents in the 1840 census of Virginia were listed as Mulatto” freed persons of color” it also lists them as owning slaves of which I now believe were their family members. By 1860 they were living in the free state of Ohio. I also found that by 1900 some of their descendants were passing for white. My gg- grandmother was one of them and so she married a white man. I believe most if not all of their children married white people. One of their sons, my g-grandfather married a white woman from Tennessee and they ended up moving to Alabama. My mission now is to find out if my 4th great grandparents were born free by means of their lineage or were they freed by an owner. There are so many questions that I may never find the answers to. One thing I do know is that if everything in my ancestry did not happen the way it did I would not be here today.

May 22, 2012 at 12:36 am
swayaminfotech 

I have been tracking my family to> I have found out so muchnabout my ancester very much please with my results . Thanks too ancestry.com I love thus site. I think everyone shoukld try this website.

May 25, 2012 at 5:31 am