In this week's Roundup: A heartwarming story of genetic genealogy at its best and a photo from the opening night gala at the Statue of Liberty museum.
When asked what she wanted people to take away from a visit to the Statue of Liberty Museum, Diane von Furstenberg answered, "The importance of liberty and the importance of freedom. The museum is directly across from Ellis Island, so it’s also about the importance of welcoming people."
Semiferal pets, cash stuffed into medicine bottles, and sometimes a file cabinet that reveals a millionaire. Ever wondered about the work of public administrators who oversee the estates and search for heirs of those who die without a will? Check out this week's roundup for a fascinating peek behind the scenes.
In this week's Roundup: A town for sale (with the tempting name of Story), a perfectly preserved baby boot from the 14th century, using genetic genealogy to catch criminals, a mother-daughter reunion after 82 years apart, and more.
The second of two grants Q1 2019 has been awarded to The Historical Society of Harford County. Grant funds will assist with purchase of the materials necessary to process and store the 1,088 letters in the collection of the late Nancy Webster Barnes, which was recently donated for genealogists and historians to research and explore.
Are you ready for some good news reading? You'll find an orphan heirloom rescue, a WWII veteran still going strong (and in the workforce, no less!) at 97, a Reclaim the Records victory, and last but far from least, photos from the memorial service for Capt. Lawrence E. Dickson in this week's Roundup. Enjoy!
The first of two grants this quarter has been awarded to Regina Dillard. Grant funds assisted with the cost of Y-DNA testing of the only two men of her grandmother's generation left in the family who could be tested, ages 86 and 72.
What are your thoughts and feelings when you read that the vast majority of keynote speakers at genealogy conferences are men, despite the fact that the vast majority of genealogists are female? Admittedly, this could be a contentious issue, but let's not be contentious ourselves. All voices are welcome, so long as civility and respect are shown.
Did you know that there's such a thing as a genetic counselor these days? Unexpected results from a DNA test can bring up all sorts of feelings, complicated and otherwise. Would the possibility of a surprise make you hold back from doing a DNA test?
What would your feelings be if an agency sought to force the sale of your childhood home – site of both happy and tragic memories – via eminent domain? Read one man's story of such a situation – along with lots of other tidbits – in this week's Roundup.