New England Genealogy with David Allen Lambert

This Thursday on Fieldstone Common we will speak well known New England Genealogist David Allen Lambert. During this interview we will discuss some of David’s favorite research topics such as New England cemeteries, Native Americans and African Americans. We’ll probably even talk a bit about baseball too!

David has been a staff member at the New England Historic Genealogical Society since 1993, having been a member previously. His interest in genealogy started at the young age of seven, and has increased over the past four decades. He has published several articles in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register; the New Hampshire Genealogical Record, Rhode Island Roots, The Mayflower Descendant, and New England Ancestorsmagazine.
His genealogical expertise includes New England and Atlantic Canadian records of the 17th through 21st century; military records; and Native American and African American genealogical research in New England. He has published A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries (NEHGS, 2009), and ), and various volumes of his hometown of Stoughton, Massachusetts. He recently collaborated with historian Maureen Taylor on a volume of photographic images of the Revolutionary war period – The Last Muster (Kent State University, 2010). 
David has been a Civil War re-enactor for the 12th Massachusetts Infantry. He is a Life Member of the New Hampshire Society of the Cincinnati. He is currently the tribal genealogist for the Massachuset-Punkapoag Indians of Massachusetts. He serves as Vice President and served on the Board of Directors for the Stoughton Historical Society, of which he has been a member since the age of 10. David is currently authoring the vital, church and cemetery records for the town of Stoughton, Massachusetts.
Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Show Notes – Hey, America, Your Roots are Showing

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.

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You can learn more about Megan Smolenyak from her web page and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Following are specific notes from the discussion:

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.”

Megan donated two copies of her book, Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing which were won by Fieldstone Common listeners in Pennsylvania and Arizona.  Thank you Megan for your generous donation!

Fieldstone Common’s sponsor is Houstory, makers of the Home History Book and the Heirloom Registry. Fieldstone Common listeners can take 15 % off their Heirloom Registry order by visiting the Heirloom Registry at, and entering FIELDSTONE – in all caps – at checkout.

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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing with Megan Smolenyak

LIVE: THURSDAY, 6 December 2012 at 1:00pm EST

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.

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.

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (yes, that’s her real name) is a genealogical adventurer who loves solving mysteries, making unexpected discoveries and pushing the boundaries of conventional genealogy.

A popular writer, speaker and TV guest, Megan has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today Show, among others. In addition to consulting on shows ranging from Who Do You Think You Are? to Top Chef, she is the author of six books and former Chief Family Historian and spokesperson for

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis