DNA research finally confirms ‘Roots’ author’s ties to Alabama

Author Alex Palmer Haley knew he had roots in northwest Alabama, he just couldn’t prove it. He had only an oral history passed down through generations of his family and a family legend that a plantation overseer in Marion County was the father of slave Alec Haley, Alex Haley’s grandfather. Chris Haley, the son of Alex Haley’s brother Julius, may now have lent truth to the story, simply by swabbing cells from his cheek. Read More … [Read more...]