October 14th, 2014
09:02 PM ET

Erin Burnett traces her roots from Maryland farm to a remote Scottish island

When Erin Burnett found out about this project, she generally knew about her family history. She knew her family was from Scotland and Ireland. Erin found some things she didn't know, like she has some Russian blood. But the biggest surprise was finally learning the details about her family back in Scotland.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Erin Burnett


The CNN Roots project actually began the weekend Erin was heading to her childhood home, where her parents were packing up to move after nearly 50 years.

Photos: Erin Burnett's 'Roots'

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  1. antano1970

    Take me to Islay

    December 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  2. Mark Price

    Hey, they had me crying too darn it. I am from the mc/macdonald line too as well as buchanan. I wonder if we are related! I love this kind of program.

    December 12, 2014 at 10:57 am | Reply
  3. Robert Stoyka

    One classy and intelligent women. Way to go Erin!. Wish there were more like you. Would you like to do a piece on Multiple Sclerosis and disability issues. Live here in Altanta and could be down to your office in 30 minutes. Could neil help us on the MS issues in the US.

    December 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  4. TKLamont

    A possible violent and widespread racial conflagration and political mess looming and this is what we talk about? A privileged woman who is a big slice of white CNN?

    November 17, 2014 at 10:44 am | Reply
  5. Alfonso

    I think Erin Burnett is one of my favorites journalist on tv, because she is objective and professional. It was very interesting what she did, going back in time and places where her grand parents were...I tried to do the same thing but, its hard...I found some of my family is in Spain. Also, I found because DNA test that I have cousins even here in USA that I never seen in my live.
    Sometimes going back one generation it is hard enough... now going back 4th generations is harder...

    Good Job CNN and Erin Burnett 🙂

    November 16, 2014 at 5:55 am | Reply
  6. imeraseditsokay

    hey erin....jamming to sum Neil and thinkin of you.....girl you'll be woman soon.......


    November 15, 2014 at 2:44 am | Reply
  7. heymikehere2

    i never did what i can do to you...on my honor.

    you are truly gorgeous now wonder i melt.....


    November 15, 2014 at 1:10 am | Reply
  8. heymikehere

    you are so friggin beautiful.........fuk serious erin just wow...i wish i was there with u or maybe i was

    November 15, 2014 at 12:56 am | Reply
  9. Bobber

    I like the part where Ancestry contacted a senior editor at CNN and they made a puff piece advertisement story about family history with a target demographic woman and a token male ancestor, who both happen to be related to a famous Scotsman. Is that your favorite part too Erin Burnett?

    November 1, 2014 at 9:16 pm | Reply
    • J

      -I am dismayed by your lack of respect for anyone's heritage, including your own: you may not like hrr, yet Erin Burnett is the real thing...Someone who loves to look into the world to find what's right and if she's got the chance perhaps do something about it...nevertheless I've perhaps said too much here being an outsider, er, Canadian. -Make a better day andyou make a better world.

      November 6, 2014 at 1:20 am | Reply
  10. Tim

    What a wonderful story! I hope to have my high school daughter who grew up on a farm and wants to be a journalist watch this video. It makes me appreciated who you are as a person and your values towards family and friends. Well done!

    October 29, 2014 at 3:02 am | Reply
  11. J.

    -That picture with you with pig-tails and the glasses really makes you 'hop-scotchtish...' Hee, hee, hee; har, har, har; ha, ha, ha; hoo, hoo, hoo; you could have been in a Dr. Suess book..."Hardy, har, hat to you!"

    October 23, 2014 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  12. Fred

    Boooooo! This is the most boring idea for a news story ever. Stop wasting space on our CNN mobile website page with lame-o's like these people. Worst stories ever.

    October 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  13. Dennis

    What an amazing, heart warming, historical event that must have been for you! It's absolutely wonderful...and, to be able to share that experience with those that you love. Nothing better! I have found so much, from Ancestry, while searching my roots; as well as my wife's, who is a Mayflower descendant. Take what you have found & cherish it, and continue to build upon it! Thanks for sharing something that is so personally touching!

    October 15, 2014 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  14. truetomyself36

    I really enjoyed watching this, It touched my heart.

    October 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  15. Mary Merlino

    LOVED your piece last night about finding your roots. I too went to Scotland this year in May for four weeks and met cousins I didn't know existed. My time was spent in Edinburgh, Portobello and Musselburgh and I knew that feeling you mentioned about walking in places your family had lived. At the end you and your uncle weren't the only ones crying....I was right there with you. Thank you so much for sharing.

    October 15, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  16. Andrew

    well that was really awesome to watch.
    Ronald MacDonald? ha ha, yeah made me think of the mc donalds clown but clearly a clown he is not.

    October 15, 2014 at 9:04 am | Reply
  17. james clark

    erin burnett you are the best. we love here in Redlands ca.

    October 15, 2014 at 12:39 am | Reply

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