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Honoring Our Ancestors
January 15, 2010

Greetings Fellow Family History Sleuths,

Happy New Year, everyone! I'm delighted to tell you that the paperback version of my how-to, companion book to the NBC celebrity roots series, Who Do You Think You Are?, is out! Please do me a favor and tell your genealogical friends. And for those who are wondering, the second WDYTYA season will start on Feb 4th, so get ready to spend your Friday nights in front of the TV again!

Also, I can't tell you which show yet, but I did a little sleuthing for an upcoming episode of a popular reality show. I'm pretty sure it will air before the next issue of this newsletter, so I'm curious to see if any of you spot a dash of genealogy on air where it's not expected!

In the meantime, good luck this month with your adventures figuring out "who you are"!

Take care,


Genealogy Round Up, December 16

Our chance to be heard! National Archives
Save the Dates for the 2011 DC-area Researchers Meetings

Love that more of Slavic heritage are "going home"!
Merrimack woman travels to Serbia to trace family tree

Saw this video on DNA lists & thought it was cool:
200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

Back issues of my newsletter to 2005! Can subscribe too (upper right)
Honoring Our Ancestors Newsletter

The deadly wit and wisdom of the Irish carved in stone

Tim McGraw, Lionel Richie, Vanessa Williams, Rosie O'Donnell, Ashley Judd, Kim Cattrall, Steve Buscemi search 4 roots 
The Associated Press: McGraw, Richie search for family roots on TV show

Someone just asked me if my "Who Do You Think You Are?" companion book is available 4 Nook & it is!
Barnes & Noble.com - eBooks Search: smolenyak

WDYTYA paperback pre-order: "Who Do You Think You Are?: Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History
Amazon.com: Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History (978014311

Of course! A UPC for our ancestors' tombstones! What took so long to think of this?
Timeless Footsteps

Check it out! Geneticist Spencer Wells has a just-launched, public Facebook page!
Spencer Wells

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Genealogy Round Up, December 23

Thanks to Dick Eastman for giving all genealogists this dose of self-esteem. Apparently, thinking about your ancestors makes you smarter!
The Benefits of Thinking About Our Ancestors

Enjoyed helping with this history mystery! Thanks to Nancy Naber Beach for bringing it to my attention!
Child's tombstone traced to Danbury

If you're a wee bit Irish, do yourself a favor & listen to these free podcasts by Irish Fireside!
Irish Fireside - Download free podcast episodes by Travel Podcast Network on iTunes.

My interview w/ Irish Fireside! Leave a comment for chance to win WDYTYA book!
Discovering Your Irish Roots

Megan Smolenyak: Did I Marry My Cousin?

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Genealogy Round Up, December 30

Always cool the first time you spot your book on the shelves!

Long Lost Relatives.net: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak to speak Live via Skype to Stromsburg Nebraska

Yes! More Eastern Europe, please!
First Polish Indexing Project Now Available | FamilySearch.org

Which is your favorite??
Roots Television | Og Blog: Genealogy Videos: The Top 10 of 2010

A more accurate version of "Sound of Music"
Agathe von Trapp, of Trapp Family Singers, dies at 97

If you're in NYC, pls join me in 3/11!
Who Do You Think You Are? Tracing Your Family's History

New York State Military History Museum & Veterans Research Center Posting 360,000 Capsule Histories.

Paperback now available!
Amazon.com: Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History

Geraldine Hoff Doyle Dead: 'Rosie The Riveter' Inspiration Dies At 86

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Genealogy Round Up, January 6

Mixed blessing. Don't want to lose serendipity of browsing in store: "E-Books Outsell Paper Bks On B&N's Online Store" 
E-Books Outsell Paper Books On Barnes & Noble's Online Store

Make Helping Unclaimed Persons Your 2011 Genealogy Resolution

Happy News - Queen "Delighted" at Birth of Great-Granddaughter

Made the list! 75 Best # Irish Interest Articles and Posts of 2010 from @IrishFireside 
75 Best Irish-Interest Articles and Posts of 2010

More great links from Joe Beine!
Genealogy Roots Blog: Online Military Records and Indexes Website - Latest Updates

An eye-opener.
Visualizing Slavery

Boost your chances of getting a job or passing an exam... by thinking about your ancestors for five.

Unclaimed Persons: Genealogists Help Coroners Locate Next-of-Kin - Tonic

DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog: Records Access for the greater good

BBC News - Coded American Civil War message in bottle deciphered

Cool app from the National Archives!
NARAtions » Today’s Document goes mobile!

Bad news for red-headed criminals
Was the Perp Blond? DNA Test for Hair Color a Reality

January 2011: Faces of Alaska | KSKA Public Radio

Cool #adoption story w/100 y.o. mother! 
Daughter tracks down mum 68 years after her adoption

Check out the photo showing how genetics works! 
DNA Heritage blog >> Home

Fun tour of Obama's Moneygall, Ireland roots accompanied by Corrigan Brothers! 
#114 Finding Your Irish Roots… the Video

Pls join me in NYC on 3/16! 
Who Do You Think You Are? Tracing Your Family's History

Speaking all day on 2/12 in Largo, FL. Please come join me & tell your genie friends! 
2011 Seminar - Pinellas Genealogy Society

Yes! WDYTYA season 1 to be on DVD! 
'Who Do You Think You Are?' season 1 debuts on DVD March 15, 2011 - Press Release Distribution - PR.

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Honoring Our Ancestors Grant

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

November 2010
A new Archives Committee in Houston County, TN is starting the process of establishing a much-needed local archives. Members of the historical society have started to clean out and organize the records vault in the basement of the local courthouse. The grant award will go toward the purchase of archival boxes and supplies to store record books and loose records.

December 2010
Kelley Logan is a folklorist with Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and is currently researching the Tuberculosis Sanitarium Cemetery in Clinton, OK. The cemetery is in bad repair and a full list of those buried there does not exist. The grant award will be used to recover the gravestones now subsided a few inches under windblown soil and make a full record of the buried and map the cemetery. Back to top^

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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