Saturday, August 22, 2009

Greeks Included - National Geographic's DNA Human Family Tree

Airing on the National Geographic Channel - August 30, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. (check local listings for times) - "The Human Family Tree". "Retrace the deepest branches of the human species to reveal interconnected stories hidden in our genes".

Meet GEORGE DELIS
George is a 63-year-old retired community district manager in Astoria, Queens. After 37 years on the job, he is like a mayor emeritus of the area. George was born in Greece and moved to the United States after World War II. An avid collector of ancient Greek artifacts, he traces his family back to Asia Minor. The results of his DNA test show that he belongs to haplogroup R1b, one of the most common European lineages. His ancestors were among the first modern humans to settle in Europe more than 30,000 years ago.
Read more:http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/the-human-family-tree-3706/Overview#tab-bios#ixzz0OwmsEHIR


On a single day on a single street, with the DNA of just a couple of hundred random people, National Geographic Channel sets out to trace the ancestral footsteps of all humanity. Narrated by Kevin Bacon, The Human Family Tree travels to one of the most diverse corners of the world -- Queens, N.Y. -- to demonstrate how we all share common ancestors who embarked on very different journeys. Regardless of race, nationality or religion, all of us can trace our ancient origin back to the cradle of humanity, East Africa. What did our collective journey look like, and where did it take your specific ancestors? At what point in our past did we first cross paths with the supposed strangers living in our neighborhood? Now, in The Human Family Tree, the people of this quintessential American melting pot find out that their connections go much deeper than a common ZIP code.
Read more:http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/the-human-family-tree-3706/Overview#tab-Overview#ixzz0OwnD0MNU



This should be interesting.

Good luck with your Greek genealogy research.
Georgia



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