Scottish dating culture
"This shows we are really more similar than we believe, whether we are black or white, and we should put aside our superficial differences and focus on what we are as human beings." The phenomenal success of Haley's novel Roots, and the television drama on which it was based, led to a world wide interest in genealogy, particularly among African-Americans, many of whom felt their slave backgrounds had robbed them of their rightful history and identity.
It was also a surprise hit in Britain, where Haley's story gave many black youngsters a new pride about their own roots and sense of belonging.
Instead Haley relied on the oral histories handed down from generation to generation as his primary source of ancestral information.
Chris Haley, from Washington DC, was introduced to Ms Baff-Black, who lives in South Wales, for the first time on Saturday at the Who Do You Think You Are?
Olivier van Calster, managing director of uk, said: "As Alex Haley knew only too well, at its core, any family history is a combination of established facts and reasonable assumptions.
"With science such as DNA becoming increasingly popular for use in furthering family history, it is exciting to see many of those reasonable assumptions – even 300 year old ones – becoming established as facts.
For a little country, Scotland has packed a LOT of color, tradition, superstition and magic into it's history.
Many of the most well-known symbols of Scotland date back centuries, and are surrounded by legends, superstitions, folklore and pageantry.
With lots of practical uses, plus a whole host of legends and myths surrounding it, this humble plant may well be one of Scotlands' most intriguing emblems!
The findings came after a sample of DNA from Haley's nephew Chris Haley matched that of his distant cousin June Baff-Black, who lives in Wales and whose shared lineage starts in 17th century Scotland.
Until recently, Chris Haley had only word of mouth family history to show that his great, great-grandfather had been born of an African slave mother and white Scottish father, both of whom lived and worked on a slave plantation in the US.
He was unable to fully prove his research by traditional genealogical methods using birth, marriage and death certificates and parish records, as his ancestors were African-American slaves and so very little documentation about them existed.
Since many female slaves were raped by their owners there was frequently no record of the true father.