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Honoring Our Ancestors Newsletter

August 15, 2009

By Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak

Megan Smolenyak SmolenyakGreetings Fellow Family History Sleuths,

Hope everyone's enjoying a wonderful and at least slightly relaxed summer. From the looks of this newsletter, I've been blog-happy the last month or so. With a bit of luck, there will be a little something for everyone here! See you in September!


In this newsletter. . .

Genealogical Round Up, July 2

Susan Boyle in Dublin!
Susan Boyle dedicates Irish show to mother Bridget | Entertainment in Ireland and Around the World

What's your take?
Exhumation of 1812 war hero stirs controversy

Having seen all the tweets re: Jeff Goldbum's alleged death last week, I found this video pretty amusing.  
Jeff Goldblum Confirms his own Death | GeekTyrant

Not going to say which celebs, but I worked on this show. As Blaine indicates, there will be substantial emphasis on DNA.
Latest Genetic Genealogy Series “Faces of America” Expected From PBS in 2010 » The Genetic Genealogi

ISOGG newsletter with mtDNA success story from Bill Hurst!
ISOGG Newsletter June 2009

Nothing startling, but a well-written piece
Among Many Peoples, Little Genomic Variety - washingtonpost.com

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Genealogical Round Up, July 9

I agree. Do you? Social Security Numbers: a Non-Issue:
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Social Security Numbers: a Non-Issue

RootsTelevision.com video interview of Andrew Wait of Ancestry.com by Dick Eastman:
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Video Interview: Andrew Wait of Ancestry.com

Thanks for the shout-out, EWGS! See you in Washington in September!
Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Blog: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak

Speaking of iPhone apps, . . .   
Pocket Cemetery: Virtual Graveyard for the iPhone | Technology News

Because you can never get enough funny tombstones:
Humorous Headstones - Funny Slogans and Light-Hearted Designs for the Dead (GALLERY)

The Generations Network Becomes Ancestry.com

23andMe on a zeppelin, apparently flown in LA as folks waited for the July 4th fireworks
23andMe Time Lapse Decal Application to Airship Eureka

Will be interesting to see how this turns out. The DNA aspect sounds pretty convincing on the surface, but I say that without seeing any more than this 25% matching claim. Stay tuned!
Solution to a Longtime Mystery in Utah Is Questioned - NYTimes.com

Blaine's well-argued critique of a critique.   
A Critique of Genetic Ancestry Testing in Science Magazine » The Genetic Genealogist

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Genealogical Round Up, July 16

Coming records will help some w/enslaved ancestors get back to Africa! 200 Years of St. Croix-Virgin Islands
Ancestry.com Launches One of the Most Comprehensive Collections of Caribbean Slave Records

Unsettling to see Michael Jackson in the Social Security Death Index, isn't it?
Roots Television | Megan's Roots World: Michael Jackson in Social Security Death Index

This season of "Who Do You Think You Are?" (UK)
I'll never forgive my bigamist grandad: How Kim Cattrall discovered the shocking truth about her Eng

Dear Myrtle with Dick Eastman on RootsTelevision.com:
Free Genealogy, Family History Videos on Roots Television

Cool idea- an iPhone app for a digital archive
Digital Collections Blog » Library Digital Collections? There’s an App for That.

If all commercials were like this, I probably wouldn't mind watching them!
Evian Roller Babies international version

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Genealogical Round Up, July 23

Matt Poe interviews Tom Kemp of GenealogyBank.com on RootsTelevision.com at the recent SCGC Jamboree.
Free Genealogy Conference Videos on Roots Television: Lectures, education, presentations, workshops,

Archaeologists find graveyard of sunken Roman ships | Science | Reuters

Save the Library of Michigan!
OCGS Message -- Rally at the Library of Michigan

The Jewish Exponent - Philadelphia, PA

Shalom, and Salaam - by Allison Hoffman > Tablet Magazine - A New Read on Jewish Life

Genealogy as Must See tv | American in Ireland | IrishCentral

Obama looking at his deep roots
P072009PS-0244 - Barack Obama | Government News from the White House and Congress - Senate/House of

Enjoyed being a part of this reunion!
DNA Proves Scottish Roots of (Alex) Haley Family:

The silver lining of the Burr Oak scandal! Burr Oak Cemetery Opening Online Records Database
Burr Oak Cemetery Opening Online Records Database

Shades of UnclaimedPersons.org. Oregonians act as ‘next of kin’ for unclaimed dead
Oregonians act as 'next of kin' for unclaimed dead - OregonLive.com

Katherine Hope Borges of ISOGG with @dickeastman on RootsTelevision.com with a genetic genealogy success story!
Free Genealogy Conference Videos on Roots Television: Lectures, education, presentations, workshops,

Brief video tribute (2 mins) to Frank McCourt:
Free Irish Genealogy Videos on Roots Television: Ireland, Immigration, Annie Moore, Family History

Frank McCourt passes away. So glad I got to meet him at Ellis Island. RIP.
Frank McCourt, late-blooming author of 'Angela's Ashes,' dies at 78 - Los Angeles Times

OK, after this, I don't want any grief re: Smolenyak Smolenyak! Kelly Hildebrandt to wed…Kelly Hildebrandt?
Pair with same first, last name to wed - TODAY: Relationships

Drew Smith talks with Dick Eastman on RootsTelevision.com about FGS & his social networking book   
Free Genealogy Conference Videos on Roots Television: Lectures, education, presentations, workshops,

What About Grandma? « AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com

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Genealogical Round Up, July 30

Keep up on the Save the Library of Michigan initiative here. Remember August 5th!
Michigan Genealogical Council

The woes of the John Does
Nation & World | This John Doe is the real deal | Seattle Times Newspaper

Sounds like classic John Philip Colletta! He was the first genealogist I ever saw speak. Took a few of his classes at the Smithsonian.
Deseret News | Author warns of pitfalls in writing narrative family history

A grave debate about headstone art | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/29/2009

Keep spreading the word!
Changes at library worry genealogists | lansingstatejournal.com | Lansing State Journal

I've been wondering about this for years . . .
Mourning the Death of Handwriting - TIME

I'm both grateful and proud to say this is the project I've been a part of for the past decade. As an Army brat, I'm privileged to have had the opportunity to locate literally thousands of family members for soldiers still unaccounted for from Southeast Asia, Korea, WWII and even WWI. I love this "work" and it means the world to me.

Matt Poe interviews Bennett Greenspan of FamilyTreeDNA.com at the SCSC Jamboree on @rootstelevision
Free Genealogy Conference Videos on Roots Television: Lectures, education, presentations, workshops,

PaDNP (Pennsylvania Digital Newspaper Project)

Am going to repeat my request for folks to help Andrew Carroll on his HereIsWhere.org initiative to uncover and mark our hidden history. Andrew is the best-selling author of books like "Letters of a Nation" and "War Letters," and founder of the amazing Legacy Project (www.WarLetters.com) which has already saved a remarkable 80,000 war letters (no kidding). In this latest undertaking, he's going to all 50 states. You can contact him via his HereIsWhere.org site or on Twitter (@HereIsWhere). And you can follow his HereIsWhere blog on www.Blogs.NationalGeographic.com. Please help spread the word! Thanks!
Here Is Where

Family thankful for genealogy memorial

Love this latest project of Andy's! If you know of any of our nation's hidden history, please let him know!
On a Mission to Mark Places of Long-Forgotten Historic Moments - NYTimes.com

More on the important efforts to help save the Library of Michigan. Please help if you can!
ARTICLE - Crisis Facing the Library of Michigan. By Shirley C Hodges

A family on a mission.
SalisburyPost.com - Lifestyle - Woodruff brothers learn more about their family history

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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, Ancestry Daily News 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 11-13, 2009 - Spokane, WA - Eastern Washington Genealogical Society - "Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones," "Trace Your Roots with DNA," "Beyond Y-DNA: Your Genetic Genealogy Options" and "Find That Obituary! Online Newspaper Research"
  • February 6, 2010 - San Luis Obispo, CA - San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society - "Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones," "Online Newspaper Research," "Trace Your Roots with DNA" and "Right Annie, Wrong Annie"
  • March 20, 2010 - Round Rock, TX - Williamson County Genealogical Society - Topics TBD
  • July 8, 2010 - Toms River, NJ - Ocean County Library "Cases That Made My Brain Hurt"
  • October 16, 2010 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Genealogical Society - Topics TBD

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Please forward this newsletter to your family and friends who are interested in genealogy -- thank you!

Wishing you an abundance of genealogical serendipity!
Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak


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