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For Henry Louis Gates Jr., a lifelong interest in family history in 'Finding Your Roots'
For Henry Louis Gates Jr., a lifelong interest in family history in 'Finding Your Roots'

Those who develop a strong interest in their forebears tend to do so later in life. But that was not the way for Henry Louis Gates Jr. The Ivy League professor, whose fascinating genealogical show "Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr." is now in its second season on PBS, remembers the precise date when his ancestral curiosity was roused. It was July 3, 1960, and he was 9 years old. That was the day of his grandfather's funeral. After the service, Gates' father brought him and his older brother to his grandparents' home in Cumberland, Md. For the first time, the children were allowed upstairs. On a sun porch off the bedroom stood a large armoire filled...

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