A new genealogy series called Roots on CNN…
We all have legends among our family stories. Some are linked to historical celebrities (my 3x great-grandfather rode with Teddy Roosevelt); some to historic events (my ancestors lived through the Great Chicago Fire); and some are inspiringly personal (my 4x great grandmother raised 12 kids on her own).
Many family history adventures start when someone wants to learn the truth behind one of the family legends. And, as professional researchers, weve learned time and again that many of these legends do have a kernel of truth in them.
Christine Romans has long been a collector of the family stories in her tree. One of her favorites is the inspirational story about her 2x great-grandmother, Anna Pedersen. Christines family often talks about Anna who left Denmark at 20 years old, came to America, and then saved her money to buy tickets to America for family members she had left behind. Christines family calls the tickets she paid for Bedstemors Tickets. (Bedstemor is grandmother in Danish.) Christine was hoping to learn if we could prove that this legend was true.