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2202, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, February 22

By |February 22nd, 2017|Celebrities, Family History, Genealogy Roundup, Human Interest|0 Comments

In this week's Roundup: the Peruvian artist who painstakingly recreates portraits of his ancestors, news on the upcoming season of WDYTYA, a fun quiz that (may) identify where you live by your speech patterns, and more.

1502, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, February 15

By |February 15th, 2017|Books, Celebrities, Family History, Genealogy Roundup, Immigration|0 Comments

In this week's Roundup: An amateur genealogist "who can trace his family tree to the founding of Manhattan and the New York Stock Exchange" shares an important insight about what genealogy is (and isn't), a unique map designed to illustrate "that difference is something to be celebrated," and much more.

802, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, February 8

By |February 8th, 2017|Books, DNA / Genetic Genealogy, Genealogy Roundup, Human Interest, Immigration, Orphan Heirlooms, Research|0 Comments

This week: explore DNA travel, the George Peabody Library, a fun history mystery book, the story of the researcher who discovered and mapped out more than 3,000 burials of black people in nearly 30 cemeteries, most hidden in secluded woods near sugar cane fields, and more.

102, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, February 1

By |February 1st, 2017|Celebrities, Genealogy Roundup, History, Human Interest, Military|0 Comments

This week, explore two stories concerning WWI Medal of Honor recipients, secret gems hiding in well-known places like the Eiffel Tower and Trafalgar Square, a few of the 200+ synonyms for being tipsy published by Benjamin Franklin, and much more!

2501, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, January 25

By |January 25th, 2017|Celebrities, Genealogy Roundup|0 Comments

In this week's Roundup: A peek at former Vice President Joe Biden receiving the Medal of Freedom, as seen through the eyes of some of his Irish cousins who were invited to attend the ceremony; Courteney Cox to be on "Who Do You Think You Are?"

2401, 2017

Seton Shields Genealogy Grant #198

By |January 24th, 2017|Grants, Human Interest, Immigration|0 Comments

As a tribute to the 125th anniversary of Ellis Island and Annie Moore's arrival there, I have awarded a grant to The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation to assist with the building of the new Statue of Liberty Museum. The post explains how you can join me in supporting this project.

1801, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, January 18

By |January 18th, 2017|Celebrities, Family History, Genealogy Roundup, History, Human Interest, Immigration, Military|0 Comments

This week: Commemorating the 125th anniversary of Annie Moore and Ellis Island, a hoard of gold found inside a donated piano, two genealogy-themed TV series to air soon, and much more!

1101, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, January 11

By |January 11th, 2017|Genealogy Roundup, History, Human Interest, Research|0 Comments

This week, explore Pitcairn Island, a new online index to Oklahoma births and deaths, slang, Barack Obama Plaza, and a project to mark the 100th anniversary in 2016 of the start of the first Great Migration.

1001, 2017

125th Anniversary of Annie Moore and Ellis Island

By |January 10th, 2017|Featured, History, Human Interest, Immigration|0 Comments

On January 1, 1892, 17-year-old Annie Moore from Cork, Ireland became the first immigrant to ever arrive at Ellis Island, so both Annie and Ellis Island celebrated their 125th anniversary on January 1, 2017. Now is an especially relevant time to reflect on the Annie Moores in our own family trees – those pioneers who made a leap that so drastically altered the trajectories of their descendants’ lives for the better.

401, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, January 4

By |January 4th, 2017|Celebrities, Genealogy Roundup, Immigration, Military|0 Comments

In this week's Roundup: A tribute to Annie Moore on the 125th anniversary of her immigration to the U.S., explore Fort Washington, encouragement to dig into family roots, and more.