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Honoring Our Ancestors
April 15, 2011

Greetings Fellow Family History Sleuths,

It's been another whirlwind month with trips to FL, CA and Canada -- and Ireland coming up next week. I even had the opportunity to address an NCIS conference of cold case detectives! How cool is that?! Here's hoping that your next month is overflowing with such genealogical adventures discoveries!



Genealogy Round Up, April 14

TV show expected to reveal Ashley Judd’s link to Saltville

Sarah Jessica Parker: Who Do You Think You Are?

An Ellis Island tartan??
Did Your Ancestors Land at Ellis Island? Introducing Your New Family Tartan

Thx, Denver, Hartford & Seattle for snagging lots of my "Who Do You Think You Are?" book last week!
Genealogy Books - Who Do You Think You Are?, Honoring Our Ancestors, They Came to America

Sort of an "orphan heirloom"
Retired garda has favour to ask of Obama: return JFK son's book - State Visits,

Just love this kind of story!
101 year old counted in 1911 and now 2011 census

'The Last Full Measure': Civil War Photographs At The Library Of Congress

Brian & I accidentally photobombed this shot at Ellis Island yesterday: Joe Torre, Martina Navratilova, Lee Iacocca, George Mitchell (you have to look closely to the left of the photo)
In this photo provided by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Joe Torre, left, Martina

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Genealogy Round Up, April 21

A small world experience.
Everyday Genealogy: The Titanic, Megan Smolenyak and My Family Tree

Michelle Obama’s Possible Irish Roots

A fun interview with Adrian Flannelly of http://www.irishradio.net/! direct link: http://t.co/Tk7q4fo

And yet another #genealogy show for the UK
Genes Reunited announces sponsorship of Long Lost Family on ITV1

Photos from this year's ceremony
2011 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards (slide show)

More info, please!
GeneTree.com Unveils New Customizable Specialty #DNA Tests to Assist in Family History Research

Hudson County, NJ Genealogical & Historical Society Launches New Website

Genealogical art!
Family Connections | My Creation | Urbanite Baltimore Magazine

Works so much better on my iPhone 4!
Ancestry.com's Mobile App Reaches One Million Downloads

Makes sense, tho I always cringe when someone mentions dumping originals.
Finding Money in Newspaper Archives

DNA Heritage ceased operations & is transferring domains DNAHeritage.com & Ybase.org to Family Tree DNA
DNA Heritage - DNA Testing for Genetic Genealogy

Now that's commitment. Take a look at this house!
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Genealogy Round Up, April 28

The UK version of Searching For? Long Lost Family review

Cool project involving young folks, history, technology and @irishfireside!
The Art And Archaeology Of Me

What's the unpardonable sin in Katy Perry's family tree?
10 Things You Didn't Know About Katy Perry's Family Tree

Yes! Having JC roots myself, I loved this book!
"Five-Finger Discount," Helene Stapinski's hit memoir of growing up in a family of Jersey City crook

Sensible commentary on direct to consumer #DNA tests
Matt Ridley on the AMA and Genetic Testing | Mind & Matter - WSJ.com

Interesting . . .
Genealogy Start-up Youwho Raises $5 Million To Show You Who You Are - Eastman's Online Genealogy New

It's true, isn't it?!
Why are US presidents so keen to be Irish?

Seriously cool!
Long lost half-brothers from Massachusetts meet in Hawaii

Last in the Line of Succession, Ms. Vogel Is Glad She Isn't Queen
Prince William Might Be Second in Line to the British Crown, but Karin Vogel, at No. 4,973


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Genealogy Round Up, May 12

Porridge and hard work
Man believed to be oldest in Ireland dies aged 106 - The Irish Times

New Historic Brazil and Honduras Records Online | FamilySearch.org

Tracing Family Roots Through #Genealogy Trips
Face to Face With Your Past

Obama, Moneygall & The Golden Tickets | The Midland Record

Tracing Barack Obama's Roots to Moneygall

Spoke to NCIS conference of cold case detectives last week. Terrific to finally get to meet...

Want to live to 100+? Don't get married and don't drink the water!
Delco centenarians celebrate longevity (With Video)

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Honoring Our Ancestors Grants

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

April 2011
Through her blog, "Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter," Twila Curtis Barnes shares information about Cherokee history, genealogy and other things that are of interested to the Cherokee community. She also offers free genealogy services for any registered Cherokee that wants to learn about his/her ancestors. The grant award will help Twila conduct a video research project in which she will interview local Cherokee elders about their childhood, family traditions and histories, and other stories passed down in their families.

May 2011
George Eder, Jr. has been working to clean up an old cemetery in what was the coal mining community in Sun, WV. This cemetery was established in 1920, and has many sunken and unmarked graves, as well as broken headstones and headstones which are now unreadable due to weather and vandalism. The grant award will help fund the purchase of weed killer, gravel and engraved plaques for the headstones that are now unreadable.

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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.

  • June 4, 2011 - Ewing, NJ - Genealogical Society of New Jersey - "Trace Your Roots with DNA"
  • June 18, 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"
  • February 8, 2012 - Princeton, NJ - Present Day Club - Topic TBD
  • May 19, 2012 - Valley View, OH - East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society - "Trace Your Roots with DNA," "Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones," "Find The Obituary! Online Newspaper Research" and "Remembering Our Ancestors"

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