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Honoring Our Ancestors
November 19, 2015


Greetings Fellow Family History Sleuths,

This month's issue has got a little bit of everything — plenty of military articles as a Veterans Day tribute, recent DNA developments, an unclaimed persons profile, celebrity roots, unexpected reunions, a treasure trove of undelivered letters from the 17th century, and . . . well, take a look yourself! Plenty to talk about with your family over the holidays — once you're done getting Grandma's recipes and taking digital shots of those old family photos, of course!

Until next time, enjoy making fresh family history with your loved ones!



In Search of Our Ancestors Now At Legacy Family Tree

Reminding everyone that a .pdf version of my latest book — a feel-good collection of 101 tales of genealogical kindness and serendipity — is available from the good folks at Legacy Family Tree.

And if you prefer, it's also available in ebook format for your Kindle, Nook, etc. here.

While you're visiting Legacy Family Tree, if you haven't already, be sure to check out their revamped and super user-friendly webinar platform with hundreds of presentations by the best genealogists in the world. If there's a genealogical topic of interest to you, you'll find it there!

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Seton Shields Genealogy Grants

Photo Credit: Irish America – “Photo Album: The Shields Family” by Megan Smolenyak
and Irish America Digital Magazine [Page 96] – “My Irish American Mother” by Megan Smolenyak

I'll be considering applications for my next genealogy grant before long, so here's a reminder to get yours in if you've been intending to.

To apply for a Seton Shields grant, fill out and submit the form here. You can see examples of past grant awards here.

Seton Shields, pictured above, is my remarkable mother. Naming this grants program after her is one small way to keep her memory alive, though she’s no longer with us.

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Genealogy Round Up, November 11

WWI Hero Sgt. Henry Johnson Receives Long Overdue Medal of Honor

Jersey Boys: Irish Soldiers in World War I

War Numbers: Counting the Irish-born Dead in WWI

150th Anniversary of the USS Monitor: Meet Civil War Naval Heroes Robert Williams and William Bryan

Men of the USS Monitor - the mystery of the 2 skeletons

A Memorial Day Tribute to Dad for his Service in Vietnam

A postal ‘piggybank’ from the 17th century sheds light on the culture of that time – Oooh . . . imagine finding a letter or two by your ancestors in this collection!

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Genealogy Round Up, November 4

Photo Credit: ynaija.com

8 of the World's Strangest Burial Spots – How would you feel about your grave winding up in a restaurant?

Why Pen and Paper Are Making a Surprising Comeback – Interesting - especially the second page.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars – ooh . . . look at Legacy Family Tree new Genealogy Education website!

Why the Queen has been erased from this database

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Genealogy Round Up, October 28

Dervla Murphy: 'Older travellers are now more intrepid than the young'

Meet The Physicist Building A Time Machine To See His Dead Father

Why Irish Dirt is Worth Millions of Dollars – Some of this dirt was sprinkled on the grave of Annie Moore of Ellis Island fame

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Bradley Cooper's Family History of Cooking – Round about the 3:00 minute mark, they start talking about their family histories and grandmothers - apparently, Cooper's family was into garlic-packing

Suzanne Koven on White Matter : A Memoir of Family and Medicine – This book sounds intense, but intriguing. Might have to read it.

Genealogy Today: British Peers turn to DNA – This sounds as if it could open up a can of worms to me - do they really want to know how many "outside children" there have been in the peerage over the years?

Russia will exhume Tsar Alexander III in a final bid to prove remains of the country's last emperor Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and their two children are genuine – I wonder if the Romanovs will ever get to RIP . . .

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Genealogy Round Up, October 21

Korean families separated for more than 60 years are reunited – I've seen footage of other such two-Koreas reunions and it still gets to me every time

Taoiseach congratulates Irish America editor Patricia Harty on Eugene O’Neill Award – So incredibly well deserved! If you're even a touch Irish and haven't read Irish America Magazine, you don't know what you're missing!

Woman reunited with fingers 80 years after death – Here's a headline you don't read every day . . .

The Lonely Death of George Bell – Profile of an unclaimed person . . .

He's born in the USA - but Bruce's people are Lilywhites – Fun piece by Claire McCormack in Irish Independent about my research on Bruce Springsteen's Kildare County roots!

PBS' 'Finding Your Roots' Returns After Ben Affleck Scandal: "Hard Conversations," More Rigorous Process – PBS finally confirms what I wrote last July - that "Finding Your Roots" will be back in January 2016 (followed by "Genealogy Roadshow" in May 2016). And here's my earlier piece that includes the names of 24 of the celebrities who will be part of this upcoming season.

New Yorkers, Here's How You Can See JR'S New Film - For Free – While the exhibition referred to in the article is no longer open, I still strongly recommend watching this 2-minute video re: Ellis Island!

23andMe Will Resume Giving Users Health Data

African-Americans Can’t Go ‘Home’ – Thought-provoking article

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Upcoming Events

After traveling around and speaking in 40 states and half a dozen countries since 2000, I decided to take a breather from the road to tend to some projects. That said, I'm sharing exceptions here. And by the way, you can see if I’ll be in your area any time by checking my Events Calendar.

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