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Honoring Our Ancestors
December 15, 2010

Greetings Fellow Family History Sleuths,

I know you're all busy with the festivities so I'll keep this short. Here's wishing everyone a memorable holiday season, all leading up to a new year that will be filled to the brim with genealogical discoveries!

Take care,



Genealogy Round Up, November 11

Megan Smolenyak: Grant Money for Genealogy Initiatives - Seriously

Limited time/quantity: SCGS selling WDYTYA genealogy how-to book for only $10 for holidays! Great gift!
Southern California Genealogical Society

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Genealogy Round Up, November 18

Well, genealogists have been at it for a decade, but absolutely agree that we're in the genomics age:
A Personal View of Personal Genomics - Bio-IT World

MyHeritage.com Unveils Stunning Online Family Tree Charts | Business Wire

The History of Ventriloquism, eh? History Magazine Jan 2011
History Magazine

Hmmm . . . mtDNA bar code portraits? What do you think?
DNA 11 | your genetic history as art

Who do You Think You Are?" returns 1/21/11!
NBC announces big mid-season schedule overhaul

Maybe you can go home?
Week of Welcomes: McCormack Style, Part I | The Irish in America

I like being linked w/ Marilyn Monroe & Einstein. I really do. But what the heck??
Megan Smolenyak -Photos

I get around. 35 states and counting!
Map of states where Megan Smolenyak has appeared

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Genealogy Round Up, November 25

ooh . . . this sounds fun!
Ulster History & #Genealogy Summer School

What questions should we ask in our reader survey? « Genomes Unzipped

Listening to the dead | Life and style | The Guardian

National Irish American Museum Seeks Funding. DC Location. Historic & Contemporary Content

After 45 years, wedding photos found at scrap yard - TODAY Weddings - TODAYshow.com

Fall 2011 (3rd) season for WDYTYA??
Rosie O'Donnell films reality show at Jersey City Library

A Lot to Be Thankful For: 15 Million New Indexed Genealogical Records | FamilySearch.org

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Genealogy Round Up, December 2

Thanks so much for the kind shout-out, Marian!
Roots and Rambles: Genealogy Videos – Roots Television

One of my toughest cases ever. Thanks for your help, SAS.
Remains of area soldier killed in WWI returned

The latest from beta.familysearch.org. Something for everyone! genealogy

Cool! Online naturalization records for Passaic County, NJ. Enter "Smolenak" to try it out
Public Records Electronic Search System (Press) - Passaic County

Taking Genetic History to the Grave - NYTimes.com

Where's Molly? - CBS Sunday Morning - CBS News

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Genealogy Round Up, December 9

More family history goodies!
FamilySearch Wraps Up Genealogical Gifts for the Holiday Season

Fetal DNA Sequenced From Mother's Blood - ScienceNOW

Cool! Paperback of my #WDYTYA companion book, a how-to #genealogy guide, now available for pre-purchase!
Amazon.com: Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History (978014311

Graveyards at Disneyland? Cool!
Graveyards at Disneyland? The Quirky Secrets of the 'Happiest Place on Earth'

More on Weikel case:
Army veteran honored in Mahanoy City 92 years after WWI death

Rosie O'Donnell's WDYTYA episode to air in Feb. Was she in Ireland?
Rosie In Another Land

What?! Per Wikileaks, US says China believed to be spying on co's involved in genealogy, med. research in Iceland
Iceland Review Online: Daily News from Iceland, Current Affairs, Business, Politics, Sports, Culture

Pls come join me in FL in Feb!
Star researcher to speak at Pinellas event

London's Largest Cemetery Now Documented on Deceased Online - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Like what she says about ancestors:
This much I know: Bettany Hughes | The Observer

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Honoring Our Ancestors Grant

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

October 2010

I had the pleasure of conducting research at the Bassett Historical Center in Bassett, Virginia while delving into Michelle Obama's ancestry. This vicinity of Virginia is home to more of Mrs. Obama's heritage than any other location, so was of particular interest. Fortunately for me (and countless others), the Center is the kind of resource-rich, high-activity, enthusiastically-staffed organization that we all dream of when we venture on genealogical field trips. For that reason, it is the recipient of October's grant to apply however it's most needed or useful.

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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 16, 2011 - Madison, NJ - Drew University - "Right Annie, Wrong Annie"
  • 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 8, 2011 - Salt Lake City, UT - American Society of Genealogists - "Giving Back: A Look at 10 Years of Genealogy Grants"

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