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 peek into the genetic genealogy sleuthing process, organizing your family history research, two soldiers lost in past conflicts coming home, and more.
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.
Does the idea of vacationing in a restored, historic coastal village in Scotland's Outer Hebrides pique your wanderlust? Check out this destination and assorted tidbits of genealogical lore in this week's Roundup.
My third and final grant for Q4 2018 was awarded to loveren collections, an organization with the aim to reconnect people to the land and everyday perennial plants. The grant funds will assist with the purchase of books for research in European ancestral herbalism and ceremony (specifically from the Carpathian Mountains and Eastern Europe), which could be accessed as a free library source through the Permaculture Teaching Institute in Chicago.
How did 700 letters, penned during WWII, survive 77 years under water? And what happened when one of them was reunited with its intended recipient? Find out this – and more – in this week's Roundup!
In this week's Roundup: Gingerbread cookies so beautiful it's (almost) a shame to eat them and one woman shares the generation-spanning connection she discovered when reading her grandmother's immigration papers.
In this week's Roundup: A soldier lost in the Korean War is laid to rest; A tool in development to integrate "machine learning and optimization algorithms...to match refugees to communities where they will find appropriate resources, including employment opportunities"
In this week's Roundup: A fun toy alert, a soldier lost in the Vietnam War to be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery, Warhol photography archives to be made publicly available, and more.
I am excited to award my latest grant in support of the Statue of Liberty Museum that's being constructed by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.