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Honoring Our Ancestors
May 15, 2012

Greetings Fellow Family History Sleuths,

Well, it's been an interesting month - the fun of finding folks in the 1940 census, meeting Angela Lansbury at the annual Ellis Island awards, delivering my first webinar, and seeing my handiwork on PBS's Finding Your Roots (Martha Stewart's family tree, if you happened to catch it), but then the disappointment of learning that NBC has canceled Who Do You Think You Are? after three seasons. I have a strong feeling that it will resurface elsewhere, though (plenty of channels would love a show that consistently draws 5 million viewers!), and that just might be for the best. Think good thoughts!


Genealogy Round Up, May 10

A taste of what I learned about Martha Stewart's genealogy. Her roots are claiming her! 
'Finding Your Roots' (VIDEO)

10 Things You Didn't Know About Martha Stewart's Family Tree

So cool to do first indexed look-up in 1940 census thanks to the consortium

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Genealogy Round Up, May 3

It's a little grainy, but I love this video of Bruce Springsteen at Ellis Island with his mother and aunts. RIP, Dora Kirby.
Dora Kirby, Beloved Aunt of Bruce Springsteen, Passes

Just a little bit giddy over this full-page review of "Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing"! Thanks a million to everyone who's read it and left comments on Amazon and elsewhere! 
Arrive Magazine - May/June 2012

Pleased to hear another one of my Army cases has been resolved. Cpl James N. Larkin, Korea, identified

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Genealogy Round Up, April 26

Whoa! I've been bundled! 
Megan Smolenyak Bundle

FHISO receives start-up grant from Megan Smolenyak2
Family History Information Standards Organisation

11th Annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards

Ancestry.com Acquires Archives.com For $100 Million | TechCrunch

Wow, 236 of your provided VERY KIND feedback! Thanks a million! 
Legacy News: Reverse Genealogy: Finding the Living

Ancestors of Michelle Obama in the 1940 Census

1940 Census records unlock family mysteries 

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Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards

The calm before...

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Thank you, TxLA2012!

I had a blast chatting and signing!

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Genealogy Round Up, April 12

So happy to hear this! One of my Army cases. Soldier MIA from Korean War Identified

Look at all these locations! Love the weekly FamilySearch.org updates! 
10 Apr 2012

Most-Wired Generation Meets Greatest Generation in Census Frenzy - Bloomberg

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Genealogy Round Up, April 5

Complete 1940 Census records go public, open window on history – USATODAY.com

Make History in Your Pajamas

How to Research Your Family Tree

Some familiar names in here! 
1940 census: Amid website overload, some report success finding ancestors

Celebrities in the 1940 Census

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Honoring Our Ancestors Grants

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

April 2012
The Black Earth Public Library serves a community of approximately 1,300 people and is located about 20 miles west of Madison, WI. In 2011, a war memorial was installed across the street from the library. It has the names of local residents who have served in all the major wars, starting with the Civil War. The names were submitted by living family members and veterans themselves and compiled by a local veterans organization, but there is no biographical information available for visitors to the memorial. The grant award will be used to request military records and compile this biographical information into a book for genealogical researchers and visitors to the memorial. 

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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.

  • 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 "Cases That Made My Brain Hurt"
  • June 5, 2012 - Short Hills, NJ - Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society - "Trace Your Roots with DNA"
  • June 8-10, 2012 - Burbank, CA - 2012 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree - Family History Writers Conference Session, "Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones," "Giving Back: A Look at 10+ Years of Genealogy Grants" and "Find That Obituary! Online Newspaper Research"
  • June 20, 2012 - Washington, D.C - National Archives - William G. McGowan Theater - "Ellis Island and the Immigrant Experience"
  • June 26, 2012 - Basking Ridge, NJ (delivered live via Skype) - Bernards Township Library - "Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing"
  • June 29, 2012 - Annapolis, MD - Kunta Kinte - Alex Haley Foundation - "Hey America, Your Roots are Showing"
  • July 20-21, 2012 - Indianapolis, IN - Indiana Historical Society Midwestern Roots Conference - "Adventures Behind the Scenes" Panel, "Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones," "Cold Cases: Genealogists, Coroners and the FBI," "Hey, America, Your Roots are Showing" and "Trace Your Roots with DNA"
  • August 1, 2012 - Legacy Family Tree - "Neglected History" Webinar
  • August 18, 2012 - Williamsburg, VA - The Tidewater Genealogical Society - "Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing"
  • September 12, 2012 - New York, NY - New York Public Library - "Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing"
  • September 29, 2012 - Manassas, VA - Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC) for Genealogy and Local History - "Cases That Made My Brain Hurt"
  • November 3, 2012 - Pensacola, FL - West Florida Genealogical Society - "Right Annie, Wrong Annie," "Trace Your Roots with DNA," "Find That Obituary! Online Newspaper Research" and "Honoring Our Ancestors"

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