“Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” is a popular new 10-part PBS program. The Washington Post highlighted an episode about Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a leading civil rights pioneer who found out that one of his ancestors had registered to vote shortly after the Civil War — a right Lewis had to fight for during his own lifetime. In 1965 he was beaten nearly to death by state troopers in Alabama during a voting rights protest march.
As geneaology websites increase in popularity, like ancestry.com with its 14 million users, TV shows are catching on to the family history wave and becoming hits not only in the U.S. but around the globe.
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