Growing Your Family Tree

More and more Americans are getting happily hooked on genealogy. With up-to-the-minute technology available to supplement ancient charts and records, folks are finding it easier than ever to reconstru

Growing up in eastern Tennessee, Alice Wilkinson liked nothing better than listening to her grandmother talk about the family's past. Little did she imagine that this childhood fascination would lead to a 17-year quest for her roots and the discovery that she is related to Revolutionary War soldiers as well as fighters on both sides in the Civil War, and that she shares ancestors with former pro quarterback Terry Bradshaw, Senator Strom Thurmond and Elvis Presley. "All of a sudden I have connections to all this American history," marvels the 62-year-old retired schoolteacher. Looking at the boxes of deeds, wills, marriage...

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