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Honoring Our Ancestors
September 15, 2012

Greetings Fellow Family History Sleuths,

Happy Autumn, everyone! By the time you're reading this, I'll be in New York City having just spoken at the NYPL (will be back in November, in case you missed it) and stealing a little me-time to do some research in a couple of the amazing repositories there. Here's wishing all of you the opportunity for a little me-time to explore your roots as well! And if that exploring happens to take place in NJ, VA, IA, OK or FL, I hope you'll squeeze me into your schedule, too!


P.S. Can I ask a favor? If you've read Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing, I'd be very grateful if you'd post a review on Amazon! Thanks!


Genealogy Round Up, September 6

Dinner in the library in Northern Virginia on 9/29. Please join us! 
Prince William County Genealogy: RELIC After Dark: Megan Smolenyak

American Dream Family Lore of DNC Keynote Speaker and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro Rings True

Seton Shields Genealogical Grants - more than 150 and counting! 
Seton Shields Genealogical Grants - Apply for a grant - Current Grants Awarded

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2013 Legacy Genealogy Cruise Announced! Who's Coming??

Hey America, You're Roots Are Showing

The 10th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, to be held September 22 through October 7, 2013, starts in San Diego, California and ends in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and will feature speakers Megan Smolenyak, Karen Clifford, Geoff Rasmussen, Randy Seaver and others. It will visit the following ports:

  • San Diego, California
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
  • Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Panama Canal (cruising)
  • Colon, Panama
  • Cartagena, Columbia
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Experience the Panal Canal the way you've always dreamed

Stand face-to-face with the grandeur of the Panama Canal aboard Celebrity Cruises - the only cruise that gives you a full vacation while crossing the Continental Divide. When the Celebrity Millennium enters the canal, it will rise 85 feet in one of the legendary Gatun Locks. As you cross the Continental Divide - a journey that took mariners of long ago many years to complete - a new world of wonder and amazement awaits you on the other side. Join us for what will undoubtedly be an enlightening and rewarding journey.

Genealogy Classes at Sea

While at sea attend classes taught by some of genealogy's finest educators, Legacy Family Tree webinar speakers, and Legacy developers:

  • Megan Smolenyak
  • Karen Clifford
  • Geoff Rasmussen
  • Randy Seaver
  • Steve Salisbury
  • Dave Berdan
  • Ken McGinnis
  • Luc Comeau

In addition to the classes, you will benefit from the small-group sessions and lots of time to learn from each other.

The Ship

Luxurious accommodations and intuitive service consistently place Celebrity Millennium at the top of the rankings among large cruise ships. A favorite of many vacationers, Celebrity Millennium was "Solsticized" in May of 2012 and emerged with many award-winning Solstice® Class features. She's been renewed with spa-inspired AquaClass® staterooms, the AquaClass signature restaurant, Blu, and the addition of verandas to her chic Celebrity Suites. We can't think of a better way to experience the exotic beauty of the Panama Canal than aboard Celebrity Millennium. Out of the ordinary? Definitely.

Reservations or questions

Prices begin at $1,443 per person, based on double occupancy. The price includes:

  • Genealogy classes
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Ocean transportation
  • Meals
  • Some beverages
  • Most onboard entertainment
  • Port charges

Airfare, gratuities, government fees/taxes, and optional tours are extra.

Click here to securely book your cruise online.

To reserve a cabin, or ask questions, contact our travel coordinator, Christy, at 1-888-505-6997 or send an email to info@trekalot.com.

More Information

For class descriptions, frequently asked questions, descriptions of the places we'll visit, or pictures of our past cruises, visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2013.asp

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Genealogy Round Up, August 30

Will never understand people who do this kind of thing.
Green-Wood Cemetery, Historic Brooklyn Graveyard, Vandalized

Families of the Presidential and VP Candidates in the 1940 Census

Can't tell you how happy I am with this news. Donald Shue and Gunther Wald were two of the toughest cases I ever researched. Gunther Wald's story, in particular, is remarkable. Am delighted to hear the outcome. 
3 Soldiers Missing From Vietnam Come Home

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Genealogy Round Up, August 16

Then And Now: Wilma Hurskainen Revisits Childhood Tourist Snapshots With Her Sisters In 'Growth'
Four Sisters Travel Back In Time To Childhood Tourist Snapshots

Neglected History webinar by yours truly now available on CD
Neglected History by Megan Smolenyak

The geek in me loves this! 
U.S. Population Reaches 314,159,265, Or Pi Times 100 Million: Census

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Seton Shields Genealogical Grants

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

August 2012
Pete Pin, of Cambodian "Killing Fields" heritage, is conducting a project to "photograph in Cambodian communities across the U.S. Northeast, generating intergenerational dialogue around unspoken memories." It's the photos he's already taken that convinced me to support this worthy initiative. 

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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 21, 2012 - Haddonfield, NJ - Haddonfield Library Friends of the Library
  • September 29, 2012 - Manassas, VA - Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC) for Genealogy and Local History - "Cases That Made My Brain Hurt"
  • October 11, 2012 - Waterloo, IA (delivered live via Skype) - Waterloo Public Library - "Trace Your Roots with DNA"
  • October 20, 2012 - Tulsa, OK - Tulsa City County Library Genealogy Center - "Cold Cases: Genealogists, Coroners and the FBI" and "Trace Your Roots with DNA"
  • 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"
  • November 27, 2012 - New York, NY - The New York Public Library - "Trace Your Roots with DNA"
  • April 27, 2013 - Charlevoix, MI - Charlevoix Public Library - "Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones," "Find That Obituary," "Right Annie, Wrong Annie" and "Cases That Made My Brain Hurt"
  • September 22 - October 7, 2013 - Legacy Family Tree 2013 Genealogy Cruise - Panama Canal Cruise

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