Honoring Our Ancestors Newsletter
February 15, 2009
By Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
I had a blast in Auckland, New Zealand speaking at the Australasian Federation of Family History Organizations Congress. Be sure to keep an eye on RootsTelevision.com for videos from the conference. Next up is Who Do You Think You Are Live! in London where I'll be talking about genetic genealogy (I know, it's a rough life, eh?). So 2009 is definitely off with a bang! Here's hoping that the coming month brings lots of excitement for each of you as well -- especially terms of family history discoveries!
In this newsletter. . .
The Sound of Music
used to be an annual event in my home. Back when I was about 9 years old, my
parents came into a little cabaret in Ireland one evening to find their
daughters (just two of us) singing all the songs from the movie (they had left
us with a little cash so we would learn to eat out in restaurants alone). They
couldn't get us off the stage. I also remember as a teenager cross-country
skiing from Bolton Valley, VT to the area of the Von Trapp lodge.
Warning: the following may induce
Anyone with Cuban roots is going to want to
check out this database from the Miami Herald.
Check out these
photos of Osturna, Slovakia, the village all the Smolenyaks come from. Looks
like a sort of global google map that all sorts of folks contribute to.
See you in Auckland!
For your 2009 resolution to improve your
We're still commercial-free on
RootsTelevision.com! Happy holidays!
I wasn't familiar
with the Pardee family, but I hope the home is saved.
Another good read from Blaine Bettinger.
I would have been interested in a book
called "The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA"
regardless, but when one of the authors was quoted as saying, "I liked
drawing the alien sea cucumbers, and Neanderthals. Man, Neanderthals were
fun." -- well, suffice it to say, I've ordered it!
Pretty cool. I've dealt with the New York
Foundling a few times over the years on my Army cases. Wonderful to hear that
they're still doing good work 140 years later -- and better yet, having a
Lucky woman benefits from an orphan
What's new on RootsTelevision.com this
Schwimmer roots -- but is this for the UK
show? maybe he has British roots like Jerry Springer?
Ah, yes . . .
walking, wildlife and genealogy
I'll be speaking on
DNA at WDYTYAL this year, so hope to see you there!
The latest issue of the newsletter of the
International Society of Genetic Genealogy. Check it out!
Blazers given the "genealogy of their
first name" as gifts . . .
Check out this interview with Sen. Benoit
about her own adoption experience: http://rootstelevision.com/players/player_conferences.php?bctid=1840812394
Whoever wrote this doesn't know much about
genealogy, but they're probably right about the growth in genealogical travel.
Anyone know Kelly and Elle Louise?
Many thanks to Craig for his describing
Unclaimed Persons as "the single most important development in the
genealogical community in 2008." Wow. That's all I can say. Wow.
Another fun online
on one farm in GA! Now that's family history!
This is interesting in a couple of
respects. First, you have to wonder if they tried conventional Y-DNA testing
with other family members. And second, in France, this kind of exhumation is
fairly routine. Curious how different countries respond to different aspects of
This is seriously cool! Ronan Tynan sang
"Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears" at Annie Moore's memorial dedication,
and RootsTelevision.com captured some of it here: http://www.rootstelevision.com/players/player_immigration.php?bctid=1854969886.
He has the most amazingly powerful voice. Let's just say that I suspect a
number of the more than 3 million permanent residents of Calvary Cemetery could
hear the song about Annie, along with her! At any rate, he's added a link to
his website to this video, and I'm delighted.
I get to do a lot of fun sleuthing, such as the time I got to look into the roots of Robin Roberts of Good Morning America.
She wasn't that excited about the prospect until she walked in the footsteps of one of her ancestors, a woman who had lived in West Virginia back in the mid-to-late 1800s. It also surprised her to see her Roberts line traced back to the 1790s. If you've got a few minutes, check out this video.
Congrats to our recent grant recipients! Don't forget that you can apply here.
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!
Please forward this newsletter to your family and friends who are interested in genealogy -- thank you!
Wishing you an abundance of genealogical serendipity!
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