25    May 20114 comments

Family Tree of Oprah Winfrey

Today after 25 years of history Oprah hosts the finale today of her show and in MyHeritage we want to pay tribute to such a great woman. 

You can see Oprah's family tree here.

Oprah wasborn in 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She was named after a biblical character in the Book of Ruth ( Bible) and her original name is  "Orpah". However her family had problems to pronunce it and ended up calling her "Oprah".  Her mother Vernita Lee was a housemaid and her father a coal miner.
Oprah had a difficuld childhood and problems with her family. Neverthless she moved on with her life and started to get accomplishments since High School, where she became an honors student and was voted Most Popular Girl. This was just the beginning for one of the most powerful women in the world that changed many people's lives.

As many of us, Oprah also got interested to discover more about her family history and decided to do a genetic test in 2006. The results showed that from her mothers side she has roots in Liberia from the Kpelle ethnic group. Her genetic make up showed 89% Sub-Saharan African, 8% Native American and 3% East Asian.

Oprah also discovered a big secret in her family that changed her life: a unknown half-sister. A few months ago Patricia discovered that she was the half sister of Oprah and contacted her. The reunion was very emotional and changed both women's lives. To read more about it, click here.

Her life is a great example of  overcoming extremely hard situations, giving her heart in something important and changing many people's lives.  Also her life and interest in family history inspired many to research their own family roots.

Sources: en.wikipedia.org, genealogy.about.com

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  1. Hi just want to say Oprah is a stunning woman. I never miss her shows on television. I will miss her talks love and laughter. She must enjoy her retirement. love
  2. I might have to disagree about this not being a good tool for aopfessionrl genealogists. After I tested uploading my gedcom, each person had a page for pictures, written documents, biographical sketch. In the pictures section, I plan to scan and add a picture of every source and original document. In the written section, I plan to add transcriptions of other sources (that I don't have copies or the originals of). Imagine doing that for each person in your database there would be a lot of source material and evidence. From what I've seen, it's one of the few places that a genealogist can actually add all of the source data for visitors and other researchers to view.
  3. was hattie presley real last name presley or was it Guilford. in the south it have been told that hattie mother miss staplie had a daughter by Henry guilford of Alabama.i think hattie might be my grandfather aunt.
  4. Im ken to oprah great mother ..See my g.g Grandfather married a woman from Montgomery.Al my. at the same time he met a staple. woman from and had children by her. but they did not go on his name they went in another man name.Most of ny family on my Guilford know this. we even talk a out it to one enother...Hope oprah great read this and see she got family here she did not k ow she had.

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