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Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican born politician, journalist, and publisher once wrote, "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots." I grew up knowing a fair amount about my family history. I knew that we had roots in Germany, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. As a young girl I remember talking to my Mema about her parents and grandparents. As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, my Aunt Bea did a lot of genealogical research to trace part of our family back to ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War.