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Honoring Our Ancestors
February 15, 2014


Greetings Fellow Family History Sleuths,

Well, 2014 decided to toss me a curve ball with a computer system meltdown, so I can already tell you that next month's issue will be light since I've been spending most of my time doing what's necessary to mop up the situation, but there's lots here in this issue! I hope you'll enjoy reading about everyone from Betty White to Bruno Mars, a 111-year-old Irish woman, and another Titanic mystery solved.

And I'd like to take a moment to those of you who have been kind enough to send a note sharing your thoughts about this newsletter. It means the world to me that there are some folks out there who get a kick out of it!

Wishing you and yours an Olympically-great February!



"Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing" now available in audio format!

Hey, need something to keep you company on that next road trip? How about the just released audio version of Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing? It's 8.75 hours so will pleasantly distract you for quite a long time!

By the way, I'm quite excited as this the first of my six books to have an audio version. Am looking forward to hearing my experiences as narrated by a stranger with a lovely voice!

Please do me a favor and let your genealogy/history-buff friends know. Thanks!

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Genealogy Round Up, February 3

The surprising family tree of the Super Bowl's halftime performer, Bruno Mars

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Genealogy Round Up, January 27

As a genealogist, I'm partial to #20 in this list of maps of the world, (and live in an Irish-ancestored county) but map lovers like myself could lose a LOT of time exploring them all!

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Genealogy Round Up, January 20

Over My Dead Body 2 Offers Detailed Genealogy Features For Players

The name of this poem is Ancestry.com. Don't let the title fool you. That's not really what this poem is about.

Betty McAleenan, 94, Reunited With Class Ring Her Husband Took To Battle In WWII (Video)

Hey, Prince, Your Roots Are Showing

92 year old Betty White's Danish, Greek, Canadian, English & Welsh roots

Family Secrets. A great read I suspect many genealogists will be able to relate to. h/t to Linda J. Barnes.

DNA upends the Titanic version of Anastasia Romanov.

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Genealogy Round Up, January 13

DNA Casting. I can't vouch for this company or show, but I know a lot of folks like the opportunity to be on television - and in this instance, it involves DNA testing. But please, proceed at your own risk!

111-year-old Syracuse Irish woman the longest-living person in Irish history

Meter Television Are Searching For Americans With Swedish Ancestry For a Reality TV-Show. I know a couple of you have come close to making it on the show. Please try again - or try for the first time if you have Swedish heritage. If you haven't watched it, it's a fun show - in Swedish, but since the contestants speak English, you can understand just about everything.

USS Monitor Conservation Lab to close from funding woes. Shame on us that we can't find the funding to protect our history!

Belgian museum celebrates the immigrant experience

The longest-lived person from the Republic of Ireland? Kathleen Snavely, 111, here in greater Syracuse

How to Name a Baby. Check out the chart about the name Emma!

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Upcoming Events

After traveling around and speaking in 40 states and half a dozen countries since 2000, I’ve decided to take a breather from the road to tend to some projects. There will likely be a few exceptions, and those will be shared here, but you can see if I’ll be in your area any time by checking my Events Calendar. A thousand thank you's to the thousands of you who have been kind enough to come to my talks over the course of these road warrior years!

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