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New episodes of ‘Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’ Season 7

New episodes of ‘Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’ Season 7 available on WCNY-TV;
WCNY invites community to share family stories, attend virtual screening event

WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcaster, invites communities across Central New York to celebrate Season 7 of the popular PBS television show, “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” The new season premiered Jan. 19 and continues Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

“Finding Your Roots” presents a unique opportunity to tap into the popularity of personal genealogy research in the United States. The series encourages people of all backgrounds to take a closer look at their own family and personal stories; exploring how these histories can provide identity, narrative, or a sense of place; and discovering how they can pass this knowledge along to future generations.

Share Your Family History
In celebration of the new season, WCNY invites the community to submit a family photo and brief story/history to accompany it at wcny.org/findingyourroots. WCNY will post submissions to its website to share the ancestral stories of Central New Yorkers. All submissions will be entered to win one of dozens of gift cards.

Finding Your Roots Season 7 Virtual Screening and Genealogy Lesson Event
WCNY will also host a virtual event in celebration of the new season. The Finding Your Roots Season 7 Virtual Screening and Genealogy Lesson Event will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 4 on Zoom. Join WCNY, in partnership with the Onondaga Historical Association (OHA), to watch clips from Season 7 and learn how to explore your own family history and preserve important documents with experts from OHA. Following the lesson, OHA experts will host a live Q&A with attendees. The event is free, but registration is required at wcny.org/events or call (315) 453-2424. The event is sponsored by St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.
Corporate support for “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,” Season 7, 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 Family Foundation, 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 Commission. Major support is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

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