Honoring Our Ancestors Newsletter
January 15, 2009
By Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
Hope you all enjoyed your holiday season! Here are a few of the gifts I received -- a genie cup, Family Tree, and of course, a black sheep! Now that I have these tools, I'm more than ready for 2009!
I'll be doing a lot of traveling this year, so hope to meet you in New Zealand, New Jersey, London, British Columbia, Alaska, New Hampshire, Indiana, Kansas or wherever! Here's wishing you an unexpected genealogical discovery to start the new year off right!
In this newsletter. . .
I'm participating in the Coriell
Personalized Medicine Collaborative (CPMC) and thought folks involved in
genetic genealogy might be interested in this update.
More serious pondering on the genetic
Long-ish article, but worth it! Give it a
read if you have a few minutes.
A recent article I wrote for Ancestry
Magazine about finding Barack Obama's Irish roots.
New CFO at Ancestry.com.
Sounds like a great event -- maybe even for
those who don't sport Scottish ancestry!
This seems to be a growing trend . . .
Off the shelf DNA kits? Will have to check
this out the next time I'm in London!
There have been a handful of articles about
Michelle Obama's Carolina roots, but this notion of a bit of a clamp-down on
her roots was news to me. Can't say how accurate it is, but share it simply
because it's interesting.
An Irish tease! I
can see that the 1911 census for Counties Kerry and Antrim (and another --
think it might be Down) are joining Dublin shortly. Sometimes when I go to this
site, it's just Dublin, but every once in a while, I can get in there and
search the streets of Ballymoney for my missing Shields-folk. Can't wait until
it stops playing hide-and-seek! (update: it's there now!)
Feeling artsy? Here's a creative family
tree . . .
New videos on RootsTelevision.com - one on
a Jewish family in Venezuela (Una historia, dos países: la saga de la familia
Yecutieli) and another on Dan Lynch's new book, Google Your Family Tree. Enjoy!
Hmmm . . . maybe tri-generational
households are making a comeback.
Shades of Jurassic Park . . .
Talk about a small world . . .
I wish this would happen to me! Might make
all the traveling I do a tad more enjoyable!
A remarkable resource. I found myself
captivated by the names in the African Names Database.
I seem to post this about once a year.
Haven't splurged myself, but I suppose it could make an interesting and highly
personal gift for that person who has everything.
Thanks to Jimmy Kavanaugh for bring this to
Look what Chris Dunham (aka The Genealogue)
has been up to!
I LOVE this article. Cameron is one smart,
No commercials on RootsTelevision.com for
the holiday season!
Hmmm . . . interesting concept!
If you're in the mood for a brief
distraction, here's a 5-minute video about one of my orphan heirloom cases. It
involved a photo album from the 1930s-40s that was found on the streets of
Jerusalem and how it made it back to its original owner in . . . well, watch
the video and you'll see!
Wonder if this is what Annie looked like .
Captain Orr was one of the more challenging
cases I've worked on.
My kind of people!
Here's a case of genetic genealogy
intermingling with genetic testing done largely for medical purposes.
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of
Mora. Anyone over 100 years old using the Internet is clearly a remarkable
person. I extend both my sympathies and admiration to her family.
I can't take any credit for working on this
case, but this is why I love the work I do for JPAC.
Og offers ideas for
Looks like Ukraine is getting cranky with
my people. An independent Rusyn state of 700,000 -- now that would be a place
I'd have to visit!
The 2009 Who Do You Think You Are? Live event is taking place from February 27 through March 1, 2009 in London. And I'll be speaking on DNA. Click here for the details and to register!
Interesting -- it
looks as if we've got that last-survivors phenomenon going on here. You know
how the general public tends to become interested when they realize there are
only a few WWI survivors left (pick any conflict for that matter)? Now it's
happening with orphan train riders. Whatever the cause, though, I'm glad this
is getting attention beyond the genealogical world.
Very interesting site that was new to me.
Long overdue honors . . .
A Christmas shout-out to all my Slavic
Congrats to my Canadian cousin, Michael
Enjoyed this except for the missing website
at the end -- a bit of a tease!
Have long been a big fan of Joe Beine!
The X chromosome is really tricky, but
Blaine does a nice job with this summary.
Chris finds the best stories . . .
Just like to remind folks about this worthy
group from time to time . . .
More genealogical goodies . . .
See you in London!
That's an impressive majority!
Check out the article on Unclaimed Persons
in the new issue of Ancestry Magazine (just click on the .pdf link here). If
you'd care to join us, everything you need is on the Facebook page.
What folks are saying about the terrific
Bob Velke article.
Tim's happy we're commercial-free for the
Read this. You won't regret it.
Congrats to our recent grant recipients! Don't forget that you can apply here.
If you plan to be near any of the events where I'll be speaking, I would love to meet you. It's always a kick for me when folks mention that they read this newsletter, my blog, Ancestry Daily News or whatever, so don't be shy about introducing yourself!
Please forward this newsletter to your family and friends who are interested in genealogy -- thank you!
Wishing you an abundance of genealogical serendipity!
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