Canadian raised, New York resident and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell has had his genealogy scrutinized by US broadcaster, and Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates hosted the PBS series African American Lives and Faces of America.
You may recall that along the way Gates was surprised to discover through DNA testing that although an advocate for Afro-American culture, consistant with outward appearance, he has more European ancestry than African.
Now Gates has discovered that Gladwell, who has mixed ancestry: English on his father’s side, Northwest European, Jewish, and middle class mulatto on his Jamaican mother’s side, had slave owing ancestors in Jamaica.
Why should Gates and Gladwell be exceptions -- the more you investigate your family history the more surprises your likely to find in your ancestry.
Read Gates article in The Root at http://www.theroot.com/views/malcolm-gladwells-elusive-roots?page=0,1
via Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter