Laurie Jennings explores family genealogy


>>>IF YOU WERE TO ASK 100 PEOPLE IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THEIR ANCESTOR ANCESTORS, MOST PEOPLE WOULD SAY SURE. MANY MIGHT BE SURPRISED WHAT THEY FIND.>>WE TURN TO GENEALOGY EXPERTS. THURSDAY WE SHARED SURIFIED METEOROLOGIST’S STORY AND FIND OUT WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT MY PARTNER HERE. WHEN IT COMES TO FAMILY HISTORY, MY COLLEAGUE FELT SHE WAS FAIRLY WELL EDUCATED.>>MY SISTER WAS A HISTORY MAJOR. MY SISTER DID DO A WHOLE FAMILY TREE.>>REPORTER: THANKS TO HER SISTER’S EFFORT, HER PAPER TRAIL WAS FAIRLY VAST.>>WHAT’S REALLY AMAZING IS THE FACT YOU’RE SITTING ON 200 YEARS OF YOUR FAMILY HISTORY RIGHT NOW. IF YOU WERE TO GUESS WHAT PERCENTAGES OF YOUR ETHNICITY, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IF YOU HAD TO RANDOMLY SAY?>>I’VE GROWNUP CALLING MYSELF A EUROPEAN MUTT.>>REPORTER: EXPERTS TEAMED UP TO PEEL AWAY THE LAYERS OF HER PAST.>>WE MAY FIND HEROES, ROLE MODELS. WE MAY FIND KROONGS AND ROGUES.>>REPORTER: DIANNE WAS READY TO DIG IN TO HER DNA WITH THE HELP OF FAMILYTREE.COM AND AN CEST REE.COM.>>IT WOULD WHILE SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS PRIMARILY IRISH, HER DNA RESULTS REVEALED A STRONG BRITISH LINK DATING BACK TO THE 13 HUNDREDS.>>REALLY? WOW. THAT’S COOL.>>REPORTER: H 9TH-GRADE GRANDMOTHER WAS PART OF THE SECOND SUCCESSFUL COLONE IN AMERICA.>>I>>THAT SOUNDS FAMILIAR BUT I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THAT SIDE OF THE FAMILY.>>REPORTER: HE BUILT ONE OF THE FIRST WOODEN STRICTURES. A HOUSE THAT STILL STANDS TODAY.>>I LOVE THAT. THAT’S SO COOL. IT STAYED IN THE FAMILY A LONG TIME. NEE 23 SOMEONE HELD A FAMILY REUNION THERE.>>REPORTER: SHE SHOWED HER GRANDFATHER SERVED IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR.>>SHE IS LEGITIMATELY A DAUGHTER OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. IT’S AMAZING THESE DOCUMENTS EXIST. THEY’RE SO OLD.>>REPORTER: SHE ALSO FOU LINKS TO RELATIVES SHE NEVER KN EXISTED.>>HE FOUND SEVERAL CLOSE MATCHES. WE FOU EXACT MATCHES WHO ALSO ->>REPORTER: SHE IS 60 PERCENT BRITISH, 16 PERCENT SCANDINAVIAN AND 13 PERCENT IRISH.>>I WOULD NEVER GUESS SCANDINAVIAN EVER.>>AT THE END OF WORLD WAR II –>>REPORTER: THE RESULTS HAVE HER PLANNING TRIPS WITH HER HUSBAND AND TWIN BOYS.>>THEY’RE TEN YEARS OLD. THIS IS THE TIME WE WANT TO START TAKING THEM AROUND THE COUNTRY, AROUND THE WORLD. I’LL TARGET SOME PLACE I HAVE HISTORY AND WE’LL LEARN IT. THAT’S GOING TO BE FUN.>>WE HAVE TO GET YOU SOME VACATION TIME.>>I’VE GOT TRAVELING TO DO.>>YOU DISCOVERED THERE’S A BOOK YOU NEVER KNEW EXISTED.>>THE GENEALOGY FOLKS SAID I HAVE TO BUY THIS BOOK WITH ALL THE HISTORY. THEY TRACED MY DAD BACK. THEY FIRST FOUND HIM WHEN HE WAS 13 YEARS OLD ON A SHIP LEAVING PARIS, FRANCE, RIGHT AFTER WORLD WAR II AND I WAS LIKE, WHAT IN THE WORLD WERE YOU DOING AT 13? HE SAID THAT WAS HIS BOY SCOUT JAMBOREE. HE WAS PART OF 10,000 BOY SCOUTS THAT GOT TO GO IN TO FRANCE AND BE ON THIS BIG SHIP. I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST A TRIP TO EUROPE WITH MISS COUSINS. IT’S JUST BEEN WILD WHAT YOU FIND OUT. I THINK THE BIGGEST THING. I KNOW BETTY DID IT AS WELL. IT OPENS UP ALL THESE DOORS; RIGHT? NOW YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE. NOW YOU’VE GOT TO LOOK IN TO MORE AND MORE. IT GIVES YOU A GREATER APPRECIATION OF YOUR PARENTS, YOUR SEN CESTORS AND WHO YOU ARE AND HOW YOU GOT HERE.>>I HAD A LITTLE SKAND NATIAN

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