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Honoring Our Ancestors Newsletter

December 16, 2009

By Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak

Megan Smolenyak SmolenyakGreetings Fellow Family History Sleuths,

I'll keep this short since I know you're all busy preparing for the holidays. Let me be the first to wish you a 2010 full of wonderful family history discoveries!


In this newsletter. . .

Genealogical Round Up, November 5

Yes, I know. Weird source for genealogical news, but check out the second item.
Heavy Lift - News

Hmmm . . . think I might like Slice of Life best. What's your favorite? (Thanks, Buzzy!)
My Tree and Me — Products

Couldn't agree w/Sharon Tate Moody more. WPA was a silver lining to the Great Depression. Let's do it again!
TBO.com: Yes we scan: a letter to the president

Wow. Wonder if he has any living descendants?
210-year-old Irish immigrant's grave uncovered in New York park | Irish News | IrishCentral

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Genealogical Round Up, November 12

The latest additions from Joe Beine. More, please!
Genealogy Roots Blog: Recently Added Online Birth and Marriage Records Indexes

Jenice Armstrong: Michelle's family tree is multi-hued - like so many others | Philadelphia Daily Ne

Ellis Island immigrant from Slovakia celebrates 100th birthday. Wishing her many more!
Mrs. Stanya celebrates her 100th birthday | chillicothegazette.com | Chillicothe Gazette

Linda Avey, co-founder of 23andMe, writes of "unchecked paternalism." Well put.
The Life and Times of Lilly Mendel

Who's going this year??? RT @WDYTYALIVE Tickets on sale! Quote TWITTER241 for 2 for 1 tickets (£2 transaction fee)
Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010

Blood Atonement | Red Room

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Genealogical Round Up, November 19

Chris Dunham strikes again!
The Genealogue: Also, Is My Cousin's Cousin Famous?

Good news from the DAR!
DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog: DAR: Online databases now available

One of my favorite tweeps:
Ivy Bean (IvyBean104) on Twitter

Hmmm . . . a VoiceQuilt, eh? What do you think? Thumbs up or thumbs down?
VoiceQuilt Personalized Keepsake Gifts With Voice Messages And Recorded Voice Memories

Got a strange call yesterday re: using dead celebrities' hair to create perfume:
Perfume's heaven scent: New 'Antiquity' fragrances based on DNA of dead celebs

Hadn't heard of this one. Anyone familiar with it?
Genealogy in Many Languages with Genealogy In Time™ Magazine

Thanks for the shout-out, Dick!
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Are You My Cousin?

The Unclaimed Persons group would welcome new volunteers. Please consider contributing your sleuthing skills!
Unclaimed Persons - Private

Am confused. Is DNA Print Genomics coming back? "DNA Test Reveals Secrets of Past Ancestry"
DNA Test Reveals Secrets of Past Ancestry

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Genealogical Round Up, November 26

You know what's fun? Winning an award when you didn't know you were up for one! Congrats, AncestryMag!

My second article for the Huffington Post. Would appreciate feedback here and/or on my Huffington Post blog. Thanks!

Whoa. Definitely have mixed feelings about this one.
The Associated Press: Argentina forces dirty war orphans to provide DNA

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Honoring Our Ancestors Grants

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

November 2009
The Friends of the Archives Historical & Preservation Society of Monroe County, Tennessee brings historical records into public usage through their archives and on the Internet. The grant award will fund the purchase of archival grade, acid-free boxes so the organization can safely store donated journals and very old family bibles.

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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"
  • April 13, 2010 - New York, NY - The New York Public Library - "Trace Your Roots with DNA"
  • May 15, 2010 - Spartanburg, SC - Spartanburg County Public Libraries - "Trace Your Roots with DNA," "Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones," "Remembering Our Ancestors" and "Michelle Obama's Roots"
  • 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
  • November 6, 2010 - Grand Rapids, MI - Western Michigan Genealogical Society - Details 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


Note: You are receiving this because you have demonstrated an interest (e.g., you have a story in one of my books, applied for a grant, attended previous events, etc.) or subscribed via my website, but please let me know if you do not want to receive any further emails, and I will promptly remove you from my list. And rest assured, this is my personal list and not shared with anyone else! Thanks, Megan

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