Canada and Walters Finding Your Roots


Canada and Walters, also known as Geoffrey Canada and Barbara Walters are our celebrity guests on "Finding Your Roots, with host Henry Louis Gates Jr. We first start with Geoffrey Canada.


Geoffrey Canada

Geoffrey Canada is a superstar educator who was born and raised in South Bronx, New York. We learn his father Mack Canada abandoned the family when Geoffrey was only 4 years old. Geoffrey also spent some of his teen years living with his Williams grandparents. Mr. Canada knows nothing about his father's family and he wants to know as much as possible about the Canada family.

Using the paper trail Mr. Gates was able to find the names of some of Mr. Canada family. First is his father Mack Canada; next grandfather Henry Canada; then his gr-grandparents Peter Canada and Sarah Smothers. Last we learn of his gr-gr-grandfather Thomas Cannaday.

Watch the video and learn the different spellings of Canada and how paper trail and DNA took the line back to Franklin County, Virginia.

Barbara Walters

The above photo of Ms Walters is from a Google Search.

Barbara Walters is the daughter of Jewish Immigrants from Poland. Ms. Walters grew up in New York City surround
by affluence. Her father Lou Walters was an empressario: owned the "Latin Quarter" nightclub, place to be in 1950s' and 1960s in New York City.

Ms Walters was a journalist and became the first female to co-host a televison show called "The Today Show". Barbara first said no doing this program, because someone had all ready researched her family. Mr. Gates convinces her they could learn more information.

Watch the video to learn when her family came to the United States and the various spellings of her last name.
Also did DNA proof that Ms Walters was a hundred person Jewish.

In recent days Ms Walters had been cutting back on the amount of work she has been doing on television. She will be leaving the talk show"The View" where she has been one of the hostesses. She may be working behind the scenes as she was one of the creators or idea person for this program.

Best wishes and good luck to Barbara Walters.

The video was removed. Please go to www.pbs.org and click on video to see if it is still available or has been archived.

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