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Genealogy Roundup, September 13

By |September 13th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: News from Ancestry.com and a fascinating story about Katy Perry's Irish great-great-grandmother.

Genealogy Roundup, September 6

By |September 6th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: Check out the New Jersey quarter featuring Ellis Island and peek in at the solar eclipse viewing party at the National Archives.

Genealogy Roundup, August 30

By |August 30th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: After decades apart, siblings and war veterans are buried together with military honors; family histories rewritten with a DNA test; the 2017 Family Heritage Award Honorees, and more.

Genealogy Roundup, August 23

By |August 23rd, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: A video about the search for a Tuskegee Airman whose plane went down on the way back to base after a reconnaissance mission in December 1944, what it's like to be a genealogist, missing soldier and airman from WWII returning home, and more.

Gold Fever: The Shiny, Shady Past of Katy Perry’s Irish Great-Great-Grandmother

By |August 22nd, 2017|

Katy Perry describes herself as a “singer-songwriter masquerading as a pop star.” As one of the best-selling artists of all time with sold-out world tours, she’s nailing that charade, but the story of Hannah Mulhare, one of Katy's Irish immigrant ancestors, makes it clear that Katy is not the first in the family to pull off such a convincing deception.

Genealogy Roundup, August 16

By |August 16th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: Reminders of steamships in New York City, once one of the world's busiest ports; a colonel's WWII-era Army uniform is returned to his granddaughter, who "for the past 3 ½ years has researched and documented the life of her late grandfather, publishing his wartime diaries and giving speeches about his heroism"; and more . . .

Genealogy Roundup, August 9

By |August 9th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: Explore the resurgence of interest in genealogy in China – “Genealogy is like an encyclopedia of Chinese families,” says one enthusiast; check out plans for a future exhibit at Ellis Island, and much more!

Genealogy Roundup, August 2

By |August 2nd, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: A DNA test opened up a mystery and eventually led to the discovery of a century-old baby swap in a NY hospital, how one man set out to immortalize his father, and more . . .

Genealogy Roundup, July 19

By |July 19th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: The official lyrics video of Miracles (Someone Special) by Coldplay & Big Sean. I love this! I'm very grateful to my great-grandparents who were brave enough to leave everything familiar and come to the USA.

Update on Q2 2016 Seton Shields Genealogy Grant: Cecilia Chien, West Chester, PA

By |July 12th, 2017|

It's always fun to get a peek at the outcome of one of my grants, so I was really happy to hear from Cecelia Chien, one of the Seton Shields Genealogy Grant recipients of 2016. Cecelia has given me permission to share her photos and the story of her research trip, so I'll let her take it from here, in her own words.