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Honoring Our Ancestors
November 15, 2010

Greetings Fellow Family History Sleuths,

Well, the 2010 speaking season has wound down (thanks, KY, IA, NJ, NY & RI!), so it's time to hunker down and write my next book. Winter hibernation is a good time for ancestor-sleuthing as well, so here's wishing you lots of discoveries as the days get shorter!

Take care,



Genealogy Round Up, October 14

Wall to Wall was bought by Shed Media - now mostly owned by Warner Bros. Any #WDYTYA repercussions?
Warner Bros. Acquires Majority Stake in Shed Media | TheWrap.com

Man with English family history dating back to 1410 told he can't live in UK

A Funeral on My 50th

If you have #Irish roots, pls sign this petition to release the 1926 census:
1926 Census, Ireland - Petition Spot

Wow, I'm keeping an eye on Anne West!
Teen Digs for Clues in Family DNA

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Genealogy Round Up, October 21

Hmm . . . not sure how I feel about this:
InoLife Technologies Launches Ancestry DNA Test to Consumer Mkt

Ah, a silver lining.
Family genealogy spared in house fire | The Salt Lake Tribune

Melinda Yates, beloved librarian - Times Union

Len Hollie:
Brooklyn's Immigrant Experience Comes Alive on Canvas

Love hearing about living Ellis Island immigrants! "South Berwick's Paul celebrates 100th birthday"
Fosters.com - Dover NH, Rochester NH, Portsmouth NH, Laconia NH, Sanford ME

Assembly urged to support use of familial DNA testing to fight crime | Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Genealogy Round Up, October 29

Tripped across this book twice today so obviously, I'm supposed to get it!
Genealogy Gems: Attitude of Gratitude — Lindenhurst & Lake Villa news, photos and events — TribLoca

Cool! Family history records from Ghana!
No Halloween Trick, Just Genealogical Treats | FamilySearch.org

Didn't need an audit to learn this, but glad folks are noticing
Audit: National Archives At Risk

Have only been to 5. Gotta get going!
15 Historic Cemeteries (PHOTOS)

Cool! Didn't catch this when it came out last wk. Thx for coming!
Providence library hosts genealogy symposium on Saturday | Lifebeat | projo.com | The Providence J

Wow, 200 Unclaimed Persons cases solved!
Unclaimed Persons - locate the next of kin for unclaimed persons - every life is worth remembering

Well, this is a use I hadn't heard of before: DNA Spray Scares Robbers Away
DNA Spray Links Thieves to Place They Robbed

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Genealogy Round Up, November 4

Ancestry.com Unveils New Family Tree Maker For Mac

Uncomfortable topic, but can't help thinking re: #genealogy implications: Youngest birth mothers, grandmas, ggms list
List of youngest birth mothers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bring this to US!
Turn Back Time, BBC: #history of our shops – from John Lewis to dodgy sweets

American Way article, -- please go to page 22:
Issue: November 01, 2010 :: AmericanWay Magazine

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Honoring Our Ancestors Grant

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

September 2010
Johnson County Historical Society recently opened a Heritage Center that provides museum displays and a research center with the goal of becoming a one-stop-shop for family history research in Johnson County, Arkansas. A database is being compiled of all known deaths in the county from printed sources, funeral home records and family researcher records. The grant award will fund a removable hard drive to allow the Heritage Center to back up the county burial database, which is about 80 MB at present and growing exponentially.

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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.

  • 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"
  • March 16, 2011 - New York, NY - 92YTribeca - "Who Do You Think You Are?" Book Signing
  • March 28, 2011 - Stromsburg, NE (delivered live via Skype) - Stromsburg Library - "Cold Cases: Genealogists, Coroners & 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 29-May 1, 2011 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada - Saskatchewan Genealogical Society -"Remembering Our Ancestors," "Trace Your Roots with DNA," "Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones" and "Cases That Made My Brain Hurt"
  • October 22-27, 2011 - "Exploring Your Roots" Bermuda Cruise, Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas - "Who Do You Think You Are?: Behind the Scene on TV Shows," "Cold Cases: Genealogists, Coroners and the FBI" and "Remembering Our Ancestors"

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