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Honoring Our Ancestors
February 15, 2011

Greetings Fellow Family History Sleuths,

Bet I know what you're doing on Friday nights! Me, too! Exciting days for genealogists! And BTW, can't give any specifics, but in between this and next month's issue, keep an eye open for a dash of genealogy in a popular reality show that normally has nothing to do with genealogy!

Take care,


Genealogy Round Up, January 13

VA agency tests familial DNA software | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

Hmmm . . . what do you think?
'Certificate of Irishness' plan will be put into action – SEE POLL | Irish News | IrishCentral

Orem company creates genealogy game for Facebook - ksl.com

Gwyneth Paltrow is Giffords's cousin - KARIN TANABE | POLITICO CLICK

So happy about this! Hoping for Rusyn!
Readex, A leading publisher of digital historical collections

I've Got a Crush on Steven Tyler's Grandfather

Genetic poetry shared by 23andMe
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Genealogy Round Up, January 20

Cleveland was already a good place for genealogy research, but just got better. 
Many Cleveland, Ohio Burial Records Now Available Online - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

LOVE this idea!
What Was There

10 years of genealogy grants and counting! Have you applied? Or know someone who should?
Genealogical Research Grants - Apply for a grant - Current Grants Awarded

Good news for those of us with Canadian roots & cousins!
Library and Archives Canada to go 100% Digital - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Dublin will be taken over by redheads as the first Gingerfest comes to town | IrishCentral

Are you the world champion of genealogy?
Genealogy Gifts Store: Genealogy World Champion: Zazzle.com Store

I SO needed this today. . .
Op zoek naar Maria - Dans in het Centraal Station van Antwerpen

Lisa Kudrow - Stars Lining Up To Trace Their History On Kudrow's Family Tree Show - Contactmusic New

Carlina White Reunited With Family More Than 20 Years After Kidnapping

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Genealogy Round Up, January 27

Roger That: Son relishes father's final gift of family history | stargazette.com | Star-Gazette

Glad to see awareness spreading.
The unclaimed keep their secrets in search for next of kin

RIP, Jack. Son of French immigrants, grandson of French "sheepman" per the 1920 census.
Fitness guru Jack LaLanne dies at 96

This tale will be a familiar one to many genealogists.
Oprah Sister: Patricia, Oprah's Secret Half Sister, Revealed

Husband writes love letter in lieu of obit. Will choke you up.
Mary Elizabeth Kittredge Jack Obituary: View Mary Jack's Obituary by Portland Press Herald/Maine Sun

Asking for a favor! If you read & liked my #genealogy companion book to the "Who Do You Think You Are?" series, pls "like" on Amazon. Thx!
Amazon.com: Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History

Great additions!
FamilySearch Kicks Off 2011 with the Addition of 90 Million New Online Records | FamilySearch.org

Hmm . . . don't see any Smolenyaks in this surname map.
NGM Blog Central - What's in a Surname? - National Geographic Magazine - NGM.com

Google Partners with Yad Vashem to Digitize the Shoah - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

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Genealogy Round Up, February 3

Love stories like this!
Man finds brother's WWII bracelet on website

Please share, RT, comment or thumbs-up (here and/or on the blog) if you like! Thanks!
Lisa Kudrow: Who Do You Think You Are?

Hope you'll join me on 5/21 in Homerville, GA! My first time speaking in GA!

Good news for those w/NOLA roots!
N.O. archdiocese making historic records available

Seriously? On the 250th anniversary?
St. Patrick’s Day parade route to be cut short by city

Confirms what we all know!
Family History Trends - Archives

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Genealogy Round Up, February 10

Rescued memories - priceless.
Mementos lost in tornado trickle in | The Des Moines Register | DesMoinesRegister.com

Not shabby, eh?
Ratings - Friday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" Returns With a Series High |

Check out this interview about genealogy I did with Jane Wilcox on Blog Talk Radio! You might want to subscribe!
Your Ancestors Want Their Stories To Be Told--Megan Smolenyak

Thanks for sharing re: Unclaimed Persons, Janice.
Mississippi Memories: "Every Life is Worth Remembering" - Unclaimed Persons

Wish I had a teacher like this!
Columbus Local News: > Archives > Region > Schools > DeSales hopes 130-foot D

Congrats to Sharon on this case!
World War II soldier to receive proper burial

Roots Television | Og Blog: NRT: Flashback - Who Do You Think You Are? Live!

Emmitt Smith: Who Do You Think You Are?

Hints of genealogy last night on American Idol when Steven Tyler mentioned his "Ukrainian" Grandfather. He's close, but just a touch off.
I've Got a Crush on Steven Tyler's Grandfather

This is a tease! Show/tell us more!
Family history turns into A level art work for Llanrhos student - North Wales Weekly News

Nice that those involved can tell folks in advance.
Belle Grove featured on NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are” | National Trust Historic Sites Web Site

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Honoring Our Ancestors Grant

Congrats to our recent grant recipients! Don't forget that you can apply here.

January 2011
The Benton County Genealogical Society in Philomath, OR provides genealogical resources to the community including printing cemetery and marriage books, posting WPA records, and an online Benton County Pioneer Database. The grant award will fund the digitization of two old newspaper microfilms for the surname index to Benton County newspapers.

February 2011
The Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society in Kalamazoo, MI has been documenting the history and contributions of African Americans in southwest Michigan since 2003 through oral histories with descendants of original African American families in the area. The organization also works with families in the community to help them in writing their family histories through workshops, the Society's website, columns in a community newspaper, and private consulting. The grant award will be used to help fund an intergenerational family history weekend that will include training families on how to do their own oral histories and guiding them in developing a family book.

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Upcoming Events

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, Huffington Post or whatever, so don't be shy about introducing yourself!

For more information on these events, please see my Events Calendar. And if you're interested in scheduling me, just click here.

  • March 16, 2011 - New York, NY - 92YTribeca - "Who Do You Think You Are?" Book Signing
  • March 28, 2011 - Stromsburg, NE (delivered live via Skype) - Stromsburg Library - "Cold Cases: Genealogists, Coroners & the FBI"
  • March 30, 2011 - Denver, CO - Tattered Cover Book Store - "Who Do You Think You Are?" Book Signing
  • April 9, 2011 - Lakeland, FL - Imperial Polk Genealogical Society - "Reverse Genealogy Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones," "Neglected History," "Trace Your Roots with DNA" and "Cases That Made My Brain Hurt"
  • April 16, 2011 - Madison, NJ - Drew University - "Right Annie, Wrong Annie"
  • April 29-May 1, 2011 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada - Saskatchewan Genealogical Society - "Remembering Our Ancestors," "Trace Your Roots with DNA," "Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones" and "Cases That Made My Brain Hurt"
  • May 21, 2011 - Homerville, GA - Huxford Genealogical Society - "Remembering Our Ancestors," "Cases That Made My Brain Hurt," "Cold Cases: Genealogist, Coroner and the FBI" and "Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones"
  • October 8, 2011 - Salt Lake City, UT - American Society of Genealogists - "Giving Back: A Look at 10 Years of Genealogy Grants"

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