PBS host Henry Gates helps Americans trace their roots
Published 03/24/2012, New York Times News Service
Comedian Wanda Sykes’ family history was professionally researched for a segment of “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.,” a new series that has its debut Sunday on PBS. More than an intriguing boldface-name connection, it is a rare find even in a genealogy-crazed era in which Internet sites like ancestry.com, with more than 14 million users, and the popular NBC program “Who Do You Think You Are?” play on that fascination.Word count: 1086
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