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October 13th, 2014
11:16 PM ET

Anderson Cooper traces his family's roots through the Deep South

You are used to seeing Anderson Cooper telling other people's stories on AC360, now he is telling his own.  Anderson has been tracing his family's roots and uncovered remarkable secrets that he never imagined.

For the first time, Anderson learns that his ancestors who fought on opposite sides of the Civil War nearly met on the same battlefield. He also learned about a distant relative who was killed by a slave that he owned.

That's not all Anderson found when he traveled to trace his roots in Mississippi and Louisiana.

You can learn more about Anderson's journey along with those of other CNN anchors at CNN.com/Roots

Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. shared new information for Anderson about the slaves owned by his distance ancestor. Professor Gates traced Anderson's family tree for a recent episode of "Finding Your Roots" on PBS.

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  1. stlonginus

    Of course his family was in the "Deep South". All the crypto judaics and masons like Cooper and his ancestors went there to destroy the morally decent and upright society of the South, which was mostly Catholic and a threat to the depraved judaic/masonic masters that owned and ran the North. History is written by the "winners". The wrong side won the "war", and the United States has been sliding downward ever since. See revisionist history dot org for some very interesting but not well known information.

    January 2, 2015 at 7:12 pm |
  2. therihan

    I am a horrible person I can't believe I made these comments about Anderson I am sorry.
    Most likely Anderson didn't get back to me or acknowledge me because I'm not googable. Meaning all my info are private, no Facebook, nothing, just twitter plus he's probably busy. The only thing I was going through that could have altered my mood or mind, is December the 3rd (yesterday) a year since I sent the paint & tiles things I made Anderson Cooper. As well as quitting cigerettes, which I never thought I would be able to do.

    It's not good to ignore good people who treated you good, they are humans with feelings and they get hurt. So I was hurt, and I think said all messages that came through previously.

    That's it, sorry about my rude comments. Perhaps it was a way of getting everything out using sense of humor than getting really upset for waiting and being ignored.

    I don't care anymore. I'm not hurt. It's life.

    I do like the comment or tweet on side of page, "silence, let silence speak" silence has spoken to me.
    Silence has told me this life. C'est la vie. It was the best message ever, I was upset initially but it's nothing.🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂
    Feel better and feel good about life. If someone doesn't treat you well and your emotions get hurt in the process it's much healthier to exit and never look back. It's all a waste of time, this will be my last time here.
    I will avoid anything CNN or anderson cooper till it's no longer there.happy holidays to all.🙂 xxx

    December 4, 2014 at 10:44 pm |
  3. therihan

    Just read The twitter timeline on the side of this page "surgery?"
    Every year around the same time you get surgery? Last year was your shoulder then Mandela died.

    You're either crazy or making things up or both.

    If it's real I wish you a healthy and fast recovery. Feel well soon!🙂

    December 1, 2014 at 10:24 pm |
  4. therihan

    Wow. There was a message in my box thing telling me "happy anniversary you've been registered with us for three years" and "keep up the good blogging". Well, I don't blog, but I created the account to try to contact you .... Time flies by pretty quick.
    Add another three years before discovering twitter and registering on the word press, total of six years plus and you haven't changed and ignored every way of me contacting you.
    Kind of forgot everything already, I am not sure what was the message or purpose anymore. You're mentally challenged and dork, a non believer, ..... Nothing matters. It's all dead.

    December 1, 2014 at 10:10 pm |
  5. therihan

    Anderson you're a dork!

    But I like dorks, they're free thinkers, they don't follow others, they create their own path.

    Good boy Anderson!

    December 1, 2014 at 9:57 pm |
  6. therihan

    I'm not saying you're bad.

    December 1, 2014 at 3:44 pm |
  7. therihan

    That's the truth. Though he was just remembered as a suicide, he was more than that. He loved his parents and would have been a better example than you in real reality.

    December 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm |
  8. therihan

    Message posted accidentally .... I was saying that I never heard of you, nor family, nor railroad station before. Education background is all European nothing American. Though college was American western civilization 1&2 had no mention of you or your family. I stopped watch television since 911.

    Most likely in real life, now that I think about it, we wouldn't get along, because in all dreams I saw it from your brother's perspective and mind. I'd be pissed at you.

    December 1, 2014 at 3:39 pm |
  9. therihan

    I've never heard of you before Or your family prior. RaiI

    December 1, 2014 at 3:32 pm |
  10. therihan

    Sorry if I mixed My sense of humor with a touchy personal subject. I didn't mean mean to offend in any way. For years I wondered and asked why am I dreaming of unknown people. Till today I don't have the answer. Would have rather or would rather dream of my loved ones. It's not something we can choose.

    Anyhow a question for you comes to mind, how come you don't have memories ? You were ten years old when your father passed. There were tiny dreams of both of you with your father in a living room, you'd had to be at least 7 or 5 I'm not good with ages, you were there when your father was talking and your brother has memory of it. He was very attached to his father, he loved when his father was around and talking, he was happy. You seemed in wonder land just walking around not paying attention, anyhow.🙂

    December 1, 2014 at 3:04 pm |
  11. therihan

    Baby❤ Anderson
    That was very courages of you to talk about in public, your dad the farm etc.

    Well I live in CT I'm younger than you by 7-6 years. I'll split my monthly allowance with you. You can be the pets care taker. You get a room a car and most of the time I'm sleeping and it's quiet. You can pick your room / rooms. But no parties and no crazy people over.

    It's not healthy to wonder what your dad and brother think of you. Most likely you wouldn't want to know. Which bring me to the point where I might sound kookoo to you, but some years ago I had dreams and I didnt know who these people were, long story short, your brother in the dreams has a temper when it comes to you, he's pretty pissed at you, it was something about " he doesn't even have a room for your mom at your house" referring to you, and your dad is always trying to calm him down, and said something about " they should stick together" referring to you and brother.

    Anyhow it took me a while to accept that these people and the dreams. Once I tried to contact you after who ever Victoria is said her name and your brother's I looked it up and I was sad that they were all dead of course, but then I thought maybe the message is for you, and that's when I tried to make contact, and somewhere in the process I liked you, which I hate, because I don't like people. Anyhow. I made you the art pieces last December 2013 and try to figure out what it was all about, or if they would come back again in my dreams but nothing happened.

    Your dad is cool. I'm serious, he's nice. For the lack of words and it's time to go to bed,

    Anyhow I hope you know that the dreams are serious, or were, but most times I have to not focus on it, I'd go mad, and who cares, I didn't expect you to believe anyhow that they brought me to you ..... I don't care.
    Only God knows and me, and you and whoever reads this.

    December 1, 2014 at 2:11 am |
  12. therihan

    I always knew Anderson was an African American Albino. Sweet.

    November 30, 2014 at 1:03 pm |
  13. therihan

    Cute. Like a kitten Looking for a nipple. Like the movie TheRoots.

    November 30, 2014 at 1:02 pm |
  14. usernamename101

    hello Anderson,
    How are you doing. I am delighted to tell you about movie I am going to make its Solo Dancer 1.

    Sincerely,
    Laila

    November 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm |
  15. The Sacred Knot

    I loved the entire "Roots" series. Anderson's was the first one I watched, but I watched all the rest of them in one sitting. They were very well done and fascinating. I'm sure part of my appreciation comes from the fact that I have done a lot of genealogy myself and can trace my ancestry back to the Plantagenet royalty of England. Genealogy is a great window into history. Thank you, CNN, for something special.

    October 22, 2014 at 1:41 am |
  16. bizioux

    This roots segment is so interesting and fun to watch! I just had to DVR it. It's cool to see the places, people, pictures from the past. It's really cool to actually see what I've only read about. Your father's High school picture is so nice too, great smile! It must have been so overwhelming to hear his voice after all those years. I had a tear in my eye, very touching. He was a great man. I love the picture of his father too, he does look sad or sort of scared in a way when you look close. What a wonderful piece of your history! Very cool.

    October 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm |
  17. familytreegirl1

    Reblogged this on familytreegirldotcom and commented:
    After airing his story with Finding Your Roots, CNN is doing a Journey Home, I just watched all episodes. Also watch the interview with Dr. Gates, they found more regarding the Boykins. Enjoy!

    October 14, 2014 at 6:49 pm |
  18. Choxley

    Great story,.. ty. Its inspired me

    October 14, 2014 at 4:20 pm |
  19. defaultusrnme

    He's a Vanderbilt.

    Wealth.

    October 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm |
    • Denise Shelton

      That money is long gone. His mom is 90 and lives in an apartment he bought for her with money he earned himself. She was the first member of the family in generations to have to work for a living. His Vanderbilt grandfather died with nothing and much of the money his great-grandfather left Andersen's mother was squandered by his grandmother.

      October 15, 2014 at 5:55 pm |
      • therihan

        YEs they live on welfare now. Government cheese and postage stamps. They have Several borrowed supermarket carts from walmart that they use to pickup recycled cans and plastic bottles every weekend for extra money to get one cheeseburger to split between them.
        Sad sad you don't want to know the rest. If you have an extra dollar please give it to Anderson if you bump into him.

        December 1, 2014 at 1:16 am |
  20. maddenman73

    It's a shame he can't continue his lineage because he is unwilling to reproduce.

    October 14, 2014 at 1:54 pm |
  21. kevharris

    How exactly is this news? I could care less about Anderson Cooper's family history...that's what Ancestry.com is for.

    October 14, 2014 at 11:49 am |
    • Denise Shelton

      It's not supposed to be news. It's a feature story. It is interesting to a lot of people because his family figured prominently in American history. You can't really fill up 24 hours a day with real news without just repeating things over and over again. It's a big problem with the format.

      October 15, 2014 at 5:46 pm |
    • mountainnative

      I agree. Who cares about these narcissists sniffing each other's farts. No body cares about self-serving egotists. Waste of all our time.

      October 17, 2014 at 9:14 pm |
    • brownmatthew10

      Then don't read it! Its not a hard concept to grasp.

      October 20, 2014 at 5:04 pm |

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