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Honoring Our Ancestors
July 15, 2010

Greetings Fellow Family History Sleuths,

Is it just me or has this been a ridiculously toasty summer? I'm glad I'll be heading over to Ireland shortly (to stay at a childhood penpal's castle!) before long. I'm sure it will be cooler on the auld sod.

I've been having lots of fun on the genealogical front lately -- attended the funeral for a WWI soldier yesterday, helped solve a wandering tombstone mystery for the New York Times, and hit the 10th anniversary of my Honoring Our Ancestors grants program! Here's wishing you and yours lots of summer and family history adventures over the next month!



Genealogical Round Up, June 3

Unclaimed Kin in Los Angeles Piling Up

From Californians’ #DNA, a Giant Genome Project - NYTimes.com

If you haven't "liked" RootsTelevision.com on Facebook yet, I'd appreciate it if you would!
Roots Television

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Genealogical Round Up, June 10

Why 23andMe’s Sample Swap is Actually an Argument In Favor of DTC Genetic Testing

Whoa! On a lark, I searched for Osturna, the village that all the Smolenyaks trace back to, on YouTube. And this is what I found. Welcome to my roots!
Furmanske preteky Osturna 2008

Unclaimed Persons: Please Tell Someone

Yikes! A good argument for less draconian record-access laws: Irish Couple Discover They Are Siblings
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Irish Couple Discover They Are Siblings

Counting the days until we go to www.TurinCastle.com! Can't wait to live like a queen!
Turin Castle - Welcome to Turin Castle, Co.Mayo

Hoping PA will relax its fierce vital records laws. Pennsylvania death certs deserve better access
Roots & Branches: Pennsylvania death certificates deserve better access - Lebanon Daily News

Children of Argentina media magnate forced to undergo #DNA testing - CSMonitor.com

Speaking about DNA, finding the living, and online newspaper resources in October in Louisville, KY

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Genealogical Round Up, June 17

Betty White: White-Hot in Cleveland or Not

Methinks this might create a little confusion
Puerto Rico scraps birth records - USATODAY.com

I defy you to not feel a little bit better about everything after reading this
mental_floss Blog » The Kindness of Strangers

Just the kind of story I like!
Engagement Ring Returned After 57 Years digtriad.com | Triad, NC | Local and State News

Yes! RC records from Cork coming! "Second phase of www.irishgenealogy.ie to be launched"
Irish Genealogy
PS - The records are now available!

Had a LOT of fun with Ruth!
Genealogy is Ruthless without Me: Megan Smolenyak x2

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Genealogical Round Up, June 24

With a name like Megan Smolenyak(2), I can relate to this! "What's in a name?"
What's in a name

Oh, no - this is so tempting because I have Ballymoney roots, but I'm already going to Ireland in Aug
Untitled Document

A moving tribute to uncles - and one in particular
A beloved uncle’s passing leads to thoughts of the important role such relatives can play

Pls vote re: possible FDA regulation of #DNA tests. I agree w/options 1 & 2, but went with #2
Science Poll | Twiigs

Thx for the shout-out & photo, Joan! "More #Genealogy Nuggets -Jamboree"
More Genealogy Nuggets -Jamboree Jogging 2010 - Part 3 | Luxegen Genealogy and Family History

Thanks so much, Elyse! Was so delighted to get to meet you!
Jamboree: Day Two (Saturday) | Elyse's Genealogy Blog - StumbleUpon

Joan Jett part-Irish; family tree sports "a ton of Duffys"
Year of the Jett - The Irish Times - Fri, Jun 18, 2010

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Honoring Our Ancestors Grants

May marked 10 years of the Honoring Ancestors Grant program, and I couldn't be more excited. An extra round of applause goes out to our most recent grant recipients!

Don't forget that you can apply here.

April 2010
The Ebenezer Avery House and Museum in Groton, CT contains many artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries that relay family history as well as the social fabric of times past. The House displays nine samplers stitched by Avery Family members between 1788 and the mid-1800s. The grant award will help fund replacement picture frames, display cases, and packaging with archival and preservation-friendly materials so they can survive for future generations.

May 2010
Genealogical GrantsIn honor of celebrating 10 years since the start of the grant program, we are thrilled to award this grant to the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF), which is also celebrating 10 years of existence! SMGF provides collection and analysis of genetic and genealogical data to assist people in extending and verifying their ancestry. One of SMGF's recent initiatives is an ongoing project that involves an in-depth analysis of the Native American mtDNA phylogeny. There were two science papers published (Achilli et al. 2008, PLoS One and Perego et al. 2009, Current Biology), which have been highly used by the genetic genealogical community by those interested in verifying and studying their maternal Native American ancestry. Ugo Perego from SMGF is currently completing a third paper on this topic. The grant will be used to cover the lab cost to produce additional complete mtDNA sequences necessary for this type of research.

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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.

  • September 18-25, 2010 - 6th Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise, hosted by Wholly Genes, Inc. - Voyage through the Caribbean while we learn about genealogical research methods, tools, and technologies
  • October 5, 2010 - New York, NY - The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society - "Trace Your Roots with DNA"
  • October 15, 2010 - Louisville, KY - Kentucky Center for African American Heritage - "Michelle Obama's Roots"
  • October 16, 2010 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Genealogical Society - "Trace Your Roots With DNA," "Beyond Y-DNA: Your Genetic Genealogy Options," "Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones" and "Find that Obituary: Online Newspaper Resources"
  • November 6, 2010 - Grand Rapids, MI - Western Michigan Genealogical Society - "Michelle Obama's Roots," "Reverse Genealogy," "Tracing Your Roots with DNA," "Right Annie, Wrong Annie" and "Cases That Made My Brain Hurt"
  • February 12, 2011 - Largo, FL - Pinellas Genealogy Society - "Trace Your Roots with DNA," "Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones," "Find The Obituary! Online Newspaper Research" and "Cold Cases: Genealogists, Coroners and the FBI"
  • 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 28-May 1, 2011 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada - Saskatchewan Genealogical Society - "Reverse Genealogy Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones," "Neglected History," "Beyond Y-DNA: Your Genetic Genealogy Options" and "Cases That Made My Brain Hurt"

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