PBS has an ancestry show called Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. I never saw it before, but the other night Stephen King was one of their subjects so of course I had to tune in. What I like about this show is that in addition to researching articles and records, they do a DNA test that geographically shows where your ancestors are from. What I don’t love is that they focus on 3 people each episode so you’re constantly switching back and forth, and the subjects don’t go on their own journey – they don’t do the research themselves.
But ancestry is always fascinating to hear about. Stephen King learned some incredible things about his ancestors, particularly their actions during the time of slavery. Watching this person, whose mind has invented so many stories and characters, learn details of his own story was actually kind of fun.