On-Demand: Finding Your Roots Discussion Event

On-Demand: Finding Your Roots Discussion Event

Finding Your Roots: WXXI Virtual Q & A


Watch On-Demand :WXXI Education and The Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County for a a chat about the Finding Your Roots Series with a focus on conducting family history by people of color. Learn about local resources and local stories.

What: Discussion from WXXI Finding Your Roots Chat: Conducting Family History Research By People of Color

Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in family history, genealogy, and resources to support these activities

When: From an Event on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Where: On-Demand

Cost: Only your time and interest! 

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Event Details:

Host: Marion French, WXXI Vice President, Education & Interactive Services

Moderator: Christine L. Ridarsky, City Historian and Historical Services Consultant, The Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County  


Barb Koehler: Genealogy Specialist at The Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County: Barb runs weekly Genealogy sessions and 1-to-1 appointments currently via ZOOM to assist people with genealogy research

Cheryl Sampson: Cheryl Sampson's interest in genealogy was inherited from her mother, who was inspired by the 1977  Roots miniseries to document their family's history. Starting where her mother left off, she has been filling in the gaps for the past eight years. After working for Xerox for 24 years, she is currently working toward a master's degree in the Public History program at SUNY Brockport and volunteering as the coordinator of historical interpretation for Rochester's proposed Civil Rights Historical Site.

Gloria Read: Gloria Read’s interest in genealogy research started when she joined the Kodak Genealogy Club in the 1990’s. She has a Daughter and a Son along with 6 Grandchildren. She would like to complete a Family History Book to share with her family. Gloria is an Eastman Kodak Company retiree of 25 years and has been doing volunteering for some years. She has a Master of Science Degree in Management from Keuka College and enjoys Alumni events.

Jerry Bunton: Jerry and Karen L. Bunton have been preserving family memorabilia and tracing their family roots for decades. Their collections and research form the basis of Everyday People: The Dinkle Family and Rochester’s African American Past, an exhibit at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County. Jerry is a retired industrial millwright; Karen is a retired secretary and a "mother" of the Renewal of Life Church of God in Christ.

Bill Castle: Bill Castle has been a local genealogy enthusiast for over 20 years and makes use of local resources, like the library in his family history research. He has also travelled to the region where his family was from to use print resources and connect with local genealogy resources there.

Explore the Series and Local Resources: WXXI Finding Your Roots Website

Season 7 Preview:

Finding Your Roots Season 7: Inside Look

Trailer from: Pharrell Williams & Kasi Lemmons episode: Write My Name in the Book of Life


Funding provided by:

Corporate support for FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.Season Seven is provided by Ancestry and Johnson & Johnson. Support is also provided by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, Candace King Weir, The Zegar FamilyFoundation, Lloyd Carney Foundation, and by The Inkwell Society and its members Felicia A. and Benjamin A. Horowitz Fund; Demond Martin; Sheryl Sandberg and Tom Bernthal; Jim and Susan Swartz; Anne Wojcicki; John and Jennifer Fisher; Fletcher and Benaree Wiley; Gwen and Peter Norton; and Darnell Armstrong and Nicole Commissiong. Major support is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.