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Honoring Our Ancestors Newsletter

October 15, 2009

By Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak

Megan Smolenyak SmolenyakGreetings Fellow Family History Sleuths,

Still digging out from the reaction to researching the First Lady's roots (keep an eye out for next month's issue for more about that), so will keep this short. Will just wish everyone Happy Autumn and oodles of genealogical discoveries!

Take care,


In this newsletter. . .

Genealogical Round Up, September 3

Calling all genetic genealogists. You'll like this article!

I want this map toy!
Cool Concept: Maptor Shows You the Way - ReflectionOf.Me

The project for which I trace soldiers' families - JPAC team recovers remains of servicemembers from WWII
JPAC team on mission to recover remains of U.S. servicemembers missing from WWII | Stars and Stripes

History's where you find it!
Cumberland News | News | Davina’s old postcards inspire a family history

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Genealogical Round Up, September 10

I keep meaning to do this too. The DNA art part -- not the eBay part!
Elijah Wood Gives Up His DNA for Charity - Good Deeds, Elijah Wood : People.com

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Genealogical Round Up, September 17

Here's a family that went forth and multiplied.

BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Tayside and Central | Burial records published online

Not even sure what to say about this . . . Art imitates life? DNA is only skin deep? Captions, anyone?
Wall Photos

Shedding light on Jack the Ripper's victims through census records.
CTV.ca | Census sheds new light on Jack the Ripper's victims

Calling anyone of Arab ancestry - a chance to preserve your family treasures.
Arab Museum plans antique appraisal to encourage family history preservation - Business - Press and

My father is such an admirer of Churchill's that one of my younger brothers has the middle name of Winston. I'll have to be sure to share this with Dad.
'Like father like son' - Winston Churchill’s gardener lives on in family history » Housing » 24dash.

This was a fun rescue!

Hmmm . . . promising! I'd like to see more Irish databases, period, and more made more search-friendly than they've been in the past.
Irish Birth Records Ireland, Irish Genealogy Search Ireland

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Genealogical Round Up, September 24

Actually, a lot is already known about her roots since she'll be featured in PBS's "Faces of America" series.
Longoria probes her Mexican roots - TV news, latest news, breaking TV news, actors, soaps | MSN TV U

Milton Rubincam's son follows in his father's footsteps.
The Frederick News-Post Online - Frederick County Maryland Daily Newspaper

RIP, Dr. James Reynolds Hull, founder and co-administrator of the Reynolds DNA project. We'll miss you, your wisdom and your passion.
News Article Details

Better Because of Smiles

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Honoring Our Ancestors Grants

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

September 2009
Kelly Bickle and his wife are third generation owners of The Burns Studio in Boise, ID. The studio was built in 1919, and there are more than 100,000 negatives of people in Idaho. They are currently working to catalog and put the pictures online so people can search for their family portraits. The grant award will help fund the purchase of EmbARK Cataloguer for use with this project.

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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.

  • 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 - "Trace your Roots with DNA," "Beyond Y-DNA: Your Genetic Genealogy Options," "Remembering Our Ancestors" and "Cases that Made My Brain Hurt"
  • 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
  • April 28-May 1, 2011 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada - Saskatchewan 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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