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Johni Cerny


Johni Cerny founded Lineages, Inc. in 1983, and since 2005, she has been the lead genealogist for the television series that air on PBS, including “African American Lives” 1 & 2, “Faces of America” and seven seasons of the popular series “Finding Your Roots.”

In February 2020, Johni Cerny passed on, leaving an undeniable legacy of inclusive, in-depth, precise, and all-encompassing research for the ancestry of countless individuals. Her life was devoted to her work, and an innumerable number of people benefited as a result.

In July of 2020, Richard Price, a peer and co-worker with Johni for several years, acquired Lineages, Inc. and expanded the process of African-American research into the already renowned successful research he and his affiliates had undertaken for over 40 years.