Books by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak

Hey America, You're Roots Are Showing
Hey America, You're Roots Are Showing
Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are?
Reverse Genealogy CD
Genealogy CDs
Trace Your Roots With DNA
Trace Your Roots With DNA
They Came To America
They Came To America
In Search Of our Ancestors
In Search Of our Ancestors
Honoring Our Ancestors
Honoring Our Ancestors
Hey America, You're Roots Are Showing

Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing


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You've heard of the Dog Whisperer?
Meet the Ancestor Rescuer.

Part forensic scientist, part master sleuth, Megan Smolenyak2 has solved some of America's oldest and most fascinating genealogical mysteries. You've read the headlines, now get the inside story as the "Indiana Jones of genealogy" reveals how she cracked her news-making cases, became the face of this increasingly popular field—and redefined history along the way.

How did Smolenyak2 discover Barack Obama's Irish ancestry and his relation to Brad Pitt? Or the journey of Michelle Obama's family from slavery to the White House? Or the startling links between outspoken politicians Al Sharpton and Strom Thurmond? And why is Smolenyak2's name squared? Test your own skills as she reveals her exciting secrets.

Whether she's scouring websites to uncover the surprising connections between famous figures or using cutting-edge DNA tests to locate family members of fallen soldiers dating back to the Civil War, Smolenyak2's historical sleuthing is as provocative, richly layered, and exciting as America itself.

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"Watch out Watson and Crick! Megan Smolenyak decodes our
fascinating, complicated past in this tour de force of detective work."
— Ken Burns

"Thank you for taking the time to lay out our family map...
You're practically family. You certainly know more about us than we do."
— Stephen Colbert

"This splendid book makes genealogy come alive in the most vivid and compelling manner."
— from the Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

"Megan is a genealogist's dream, a forensic investigator who can also tell a great story."
— Sam Roberts, The New York Times

"Megan is a blessing to cold-case detectives and a master genealogist."
— Julie M. Haney, special agent, NCIS Cold Case Homicide Unit

"Megan . . . is, hands down, America's greatest genealogist, and this book is proof of it."
Andrew Carroll, editor of the New York Times bestsellers War Letters and Behind the Lines

"The Indiana Jones of genealogy...Megan Smolenyak is a national treasure."
— Buzzy Jackson, author of Shaking the Family Tree

"Megan Smolenyak is the genealogist's genealogist - the go-to person for building
your family tree and solving stubborn historical mysteries."
— Dr. Spencer Wells, Director of the Genographic Project, National Geographic

"In this breezy narrative, Smolenyak allows us to look over the shoulder of a relentless genealogist as she works the puzzle pieces of her craft. Whether unearthing evidence from Internet databases, newspaper offices, court houses, libraries and cemeteries, consulting translators, historians or her vast network of fellow genealogists, pioneering the use of genealogical DNA testing, solving the mystery or occasionally hitting a brick wall, Smolenyak remains wholly committed, curious and cheery, eager to share her methods and excitement."
Kirkus Reviews, "Bottom-up history from a top-shelf researcher"


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Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History

Who Do You Think You Are?:
The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History


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There is no such thing as an ordinary family. Each one has its own stories: the black sheep, the Civil War hero, the ancestors who fled to the United States, or the lost family fortune. No matter how plain you think your background is, chances are there is a saga just waiting to be discovered.

The ground-breaking NBC series Who Do You Think You Are? takes seven of America's best-loved celebrities-from Lisa Kudrow to Susan Sarandon-on an emotional journey to trace their family history and discover who they really are. The revelations are sometimes shocking, sometimes heartbreaking, and always fascinating.

With the Who Do You Think You Are? companion guide, you will learn how to chart your own journey into your past and discover the treasures hidden in your family tree. Featuring step-by-step instructions from one of America's top genealogical researchers, Who Do You Think You Are? covers everything a beginner needs to know to start digging into their roots, including:

  • Starting the search-it's as easy as pulling out the old family photos
  • Census information-where to find it and how to use it
  • What birth, death, and marriage certificates have to tell us
  • How to track down immigration and military documents
  • The latest breakthroughs in DNA testing
  • The best online resources to conduct your searches, and store your newfound discoveries to share with family and save for future generations
  • Full-color profiles of the celebrities' surprising revelations (not included in paperback)

It has never been easier to bring your family history to life.
You will be amazed at how much there is to discover!

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WDYTYA cake
A gift at one of my book signings!
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Reverse Genealogy: Finding the Living - webinar-on-CD

Reverse Genealogy:
Finding the Living
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Neglected History - webinar-on-CD

Neglected History
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Trace Your Roots with DNA

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Trace Your Roots with DNA

If you're like many of us, you have a bit of a fascination with DNA, but did you know you could use it to explore your family's past?

Trace Your Roots with DNA is an easy-to-follow, yet comprehensive guide to using DNA tests for genealogical purposes. Packed with real world examples, it will show you how to solve your own history mysteries.

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They Came to America

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They Came to America

Companion to the PBS They Came to America special, this book will be a frequently consulted addition to your library - whether you're looking for a step-by-step primer on finding that elusive immigrant ancestor or are seeking a collection of immigration-related resources (sorted by record type, time frame, ethnicity, and ports of emigration and immigration). Light and spiral-bound for convenience, this book includes a process and worksheets designed to focus your research to help you "cross the pond" as quickly as possible.

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In Search of Our Ancestors

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In Search of Our Ancestors

Companion book to the 13-episode PBS Ancestors series, was born from the research for this program.

Of the thousands of wonderful, genealogical tales uncovered, only 13 could be squeezed into the series. These amazing stories with recurring themes of serendipity, connection, and kindness led me to conclude that there's no such thing as "coincidence" and all roots-seekers experience genealogical serendipity in some form or another. They also reminded me that perhaps the most important aspect of genealogy is what a powerful force it is for bringing people together.

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Honoring Our Ancestors

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Honoring Our Ancestors

In Honoring Our Ancestors you'll find stories of people who have built a Viking ship and sailed across the Atlantic, devoted decades to collecting slavery memorabilia, passed a diaper down through four generations, conducted ancestral scavenger hunts, and painted an 80 by 30 foot mural!

The heartwarming tales found in the pages of Honoring Our Ancestors are just what the family historian has always needed and the spark that will inspire you in your own quest for roots, if you have yet to join the 78 million roots-seekers in America alone.

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