megan

About Megan Smolenyak

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Megan Smolenyak has created 809 blog entries.

Genealogy Roundup, November 15

By |November 15th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: A tribute to the last of the Bedford Boys, a soldier lost in the Korean War returns home, genetic genealogy, "Swedish death cleaning," why you might want to write your memoir even if only you ever read it, and much more...

Genealogy Roundup, November 8

By |November 8th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: A beautiful, hand-sewn tribute to one woman's ancestry, a soldier is welcomed home 73 years after his death, two books to check out, an orphan heirloom rescue, good neighbors, a look inside New Zealand's Original 'Coffin Club', and lots more!

Genealogy Roundup, October 25

By |October 25th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: Explore Osturna, a beautiful village nestled in the mountains of Slovakia, how a viral video played a part in the homecoming of an airman lost in World War II, and more.

Genealogy Roundup, October 18

By |October 18th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: Hillary Clinton speaks Welsh on The One Show, a 90-year-old grandmother shows us you're never too old to flex your creativity, wine labels that talk to you (really), and more!

Reclaim the Records Receives Seton Shields Genealogy Grant #201

By |October 12th, 2017|

This quarter, I awarded a grant to Reclaim the Records because I’ve been so impressed with the accomplishments of Brooke Schreier Ganz and the organization she’s created. Click through to the post for details and to see how you can join me in supporting the work Reclaim the Records is doing (and who knows, maybe be the happy recipient of some genealogical karma, too).

Genealogy Roundup, October 11

By |October 11th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: Wedding photos taken 60 years "late" reflect a lifetime of love, a commemorative notebook from Lin-Manuel Miranda with 100% of the proceeds going to relief efforts in Puerto Rico, and more.

Genealogy Roundup, October 4

By |October 4th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: On the 88th anniversary of his arrival in his adopted country, a World War II veteran shares the one thing he'd like every U.S. citizen to appreciate; another veteran is reunited with a memento after 73 years, and more.

Genealogy Roundup, September 27

By |September 27th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: WWII soldier and pilot laid to rest, Genealogy Roadshow applications in the UK, and more.

The Louisiana Roots of Leah Chase, Queen of Creole Cuisine

By |September 26th, 2017|

Among legendary chef, restaurateur, activist, and patron of the arts Leah Chase's more intriguing ancestors are one of the first African American members of the Louisiana state legislature, a fellow who purchased the freedom of several relatives, a gentleman who served as the military legal counselor to the Spanish governor, and a great-great-grandmother whose cause attracted the attention of the then governor of Florida and future American President, Andrew Jackson. To share the entirety of her family saga would require a book, but here are some highlights.

Genealogy Roundup, September 20

By |September 20th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: Starting a new case for a soldier who lost his life at age 22 in the English Channel on D-Day, and don't you know, he had applied for Sons of the American Revolution when he was only 20. A hero and a genealogist. Obviously, his family history meant a lot to him.