Honoring Our Ancestors Newsletter
August 15, 2009
By Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
Hope everyone's enjoying a wonderful and at least slightly relaxed summer. From the looks of this newsletter, I've been blog-happy the last month or so. With a bit of luck, there will be a little something for everyone here! See you in September!
In this newsletter. . .
What's your take?
Having seen all the tweets re: Jeff Goldbum's alleged death last week, I found this video pretty amusing.
Not going to say which celebs, but I worked on this show. As Blaine indicates, there will be substantial emphasis on DNA.
ISOGG newsletter with mtDNA success story from Bill Hurst!
Nothing startling, but a well-written piece
I agree. Do you? Social Security Numbers: a Non-Issue:
RootsTelevision.com video interview of Andrew Wait of Ancestry.com by Dick Eastman:
Thanks for the shout-out, EWGS! See you in Washington in September!
Speaking of iPhone apps, . . .
Because you can never get enough funny tombstones:
23andMe on a zeppelin, apparently flown in LA as folks waited for the July 4th fireworks
Will be interesting to see how this turns out. The DNA aspect sounds pretty convincing on the surface, but I say that without seeing any more than this 25% matching claim. Stay tuned!
Blaine's well-argued critique of a critique.
Coming records will help some w/enslaved ancestors get back to Africa! 200 Years of St. Croix-Virgin Islands
Unsettling to see Michael Jackson in the Social Security Death Index, isn't it?
This season of "Who Do You Think You Are?" (UK)
Dear Myrtle with Dick Eastman on RootsTelevision.com:
Cool idea- an iPhone app for a digital archive
If all commercials were like this, I probably wouldn't mind watching them!
Matt Poe interviews Tom Kemp of GenealogyBank.com on RootsTelevision.com at the recent SCGC Jamboree.
Save the Library of Michigan!
Obama looking at his deep roots
Enjoyed being a part of this reunion!
The silver lining of the Burr Oak scandal! Burr Oak Cemetery Opening Online Records Database
Shades of UnclaimedPersons.org. Oregonians act as ‘next of kin’ for unclaimed dead
Katherine Hope Borges of ISOGG with @dickeastman on RootsTelevision.com with a genetic genealogy success story!
Brief video tribute (2 mins) to Frank McCourt:
Frank McCourt passes away. So glad I got to meet him at Ellis Island. RIP.
OK, after this, I don't want any grief re: Smolenyak Smolenyak! Kelly Hildebrandt to wed…Kelly Hildebrandt?
Drew Smith talks with Dick Eastman on RootsTelevision.com about FGS & his social networking book
Keep up on the Save the Library of Michigan initiative here. Remember August 5th!
The woes of the John Does
Sounds like classic John Philip Colletta! He was the first genealogist I ever saw speak. Took a few of his classes at the Smithsonian.
Keep spreading the word!
I've been wondering about this for years . . .
I'm both grateful and proud to say this is the project I've been a part of for the past decade. As an Army brat, I'm privileged to have had the opportunity to locate literally thousands of family members for soldiers still unaccounted for from Southeast Asia, Korea, WWII and even WWI. I love this "work" and it means the world to me.
Matt Poe interviews Bennett Greenspan of FamilyTreeDNA.com at the SCSC Jamboree on @rootstelevision
Am going to repeat my request for folks to help Andrew Carroll on his HereIsWhere.org initiative to uncover and mark our hidden history. Andrew is the best-selling author of books like "Letters of a Nation" and "War Letters," and founder of the amazing Legacy Project (www.WarLetters.com) which has already saved a remarkable 80,000 war letters (no kidding). In this latest undertaking, he's going to all 50 states. You can contact him via his HereIsWhere.org site or on Twitter (@HereIsWhere). And you can follow his HereIsWhere blog on www.Blogs.NationalGeographic.com. Please help spread the word! Thanks!
Love this latest project of Andy's! If you know of any of our nation's hidden history, please let him know!
More on the important efforts to help save the Library of Michigan. Please help if you can!
A family on a mission.
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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