Following are some items that were mentioned during the 6 December 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with Megan Smolenyak, author of Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing.
The podcast of the interview is now available.
Host Marian Pierre-Louis mentioned a blog post she had written when the book first came out – “What Professional Genealogists Can Learn From Megan.”
Megan has written a number of books. You can see a listing of articles and podcasts here. She also regularly writes a blog that is featured on the Huffington Post. She has written many articles about celebrities.
Megan started the Unclaimed Persons group which matches genealogists with coroners in order to help identify unknown next of kin. This project is still accepting volunteer genealogists.
The archive of Megan’s Orphan Heirloom articles from Ancestry Magazine is available online. Tracy St. Claire was the person who gave the Bible that was discussed to Megan Smolenyak. Tracy has a website called Bible Records Online where she has posted digital images or transcriptions for 1158 orphan Bibles that she has recovered. I found important records relating to my family. Maybe you will too!
Megan was an “Army Brat” and has worked extensively on military projects. Her military projects have been featured in newspapers as well as in her own articles. Her research on the sailors on the USS Monitor was featured on the BBC program Timewatch.
You can learn more about her involvement with Ellis Island and the search for the real Annie Moore on her website.
Megan recently helped a journalist with the New York Times research a house history in New York City – “Storm Jeopardizes Building’s Survival After Two Centuries.”
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