Genealogy Roundup, March 4

Irish family from Galway the longest living group of siblings in the world – 5 over 100 and one more almost there . . .

Who Do You Think You Are? Returns with 8 New Celebrity Family Tree Searches on TLC – Not long now . . .‪ ‬ If you want to start getting warmed up for the first episode on March 8th, why not spending a couple of minutes poking around my Celebrity Roots board on Pinterest?

10 Things You Didn't Know About Jon Hamm's Roots

Genealogy 101: Discover Your Roots – Did not know this was out there until someone emailed me about it!

Chromosome pillows playfully represent "his and hers" DNA with pink felt applique for the XX chromosome and blue for the XY chromosome – For all my genetic genealogy peeps, you know you need this!

Family Photos From Ukraine — 'My Sisters' – Can really relate to this since I have roots just north of L'viv. Her family was much better off than mine, but I love that she's part Rusyn!

Genealogy Roundup, February 25

Building a Face, and a Case, on DNA – Those of us who have been involved in genetic genealogy will probably experience a touch of deja vu with this, but I'm sure this will provoke a lot of strong reactions.

Kindred Voices: Listening for Our Ancestors by Geoff Rasmussen – Got to read an advance copy and strongly recommend this book. You know you want to hear some tales of genealogical serendipity!

Melvina's Descendants, Michelle Obama's Cousins

February 2015 Seton Shields Genealogy Grant


Caleb Pomeroy will be taking some time to visit his ancestral home in Devon to interview locals, visit archives, and possibly pursue DNA testing. His goal is to contribute to the creation of a comprehensive family tree, by tracing lineage after the sale of the Berry Pomeroy Castle to the Seymour family in 1549, including tracking travels of the family from England to the New World. He'd also like to substantiate more of the castle's history, such as claims that it was one of the last constructed in the old feudal style, as well as to learn more about how the sale of the castle to the Seymour family was conducted. The grant will help to pay for fees associated with this trip.

To apply for a Seton Shields grant, fill out and submit the form here. You can see examples of past grant awards here.

Genealogy Roundup, February 18

Happy 113th birthday to the longest living person in Ireland's history – An interesting woman I researched last year just had another birthday!

Armenia to be represented by Genealogy – Genealogy meets music for Armenia in Eurovision Song Contest! Cool way to reunite the diaspora.

Everything you ever wanted to know about Stephen Colbert’s 94% Irish roots

Adopted woman discovers her grandfather was Nat King Cole – Well, this granddaughter got a better surprise when looking into her roots than the one I shared last week.

So Kim & Kanye thought they were being original when they named their daughter North? So very 1886. In fact, there are 208 people in the SSDI of this name and the vast majority were born in the 1800s and early 1900s.

Genealogy Roundup, February 11


Brothers' Amazing Reunion After Nearly 60 Years

African-American genealogy: Researchers share stories of joy, fulfillment – "I love what I do."

SiriusXM Launching ‘African Ancestry Radio'; Louis Gossett Jr., others to guest star

I am Italian-American. The debate over "who is us" has grown more heated.

Strange Inheritance on Fox Business – I've only watched one episode, but this show is slightly genealogical and has potential.

President pays stealth visit to The Dalles, Hood River – Oddly, I have roots in The Dalles as well. BTW, they mean Tony Goldwyn, not the real President.

Journeys Home – Delighted to share some genealogy tips in this cool, new National Geographic book about roots journeys along with my good friend, Lou Szucs! My friend, Marion Hager, at Hager's Journeys also shares her wisdom!






January 2015 Seton Shields Genealogy Grant

Crystal Medler Rojas Mora of Kenmore, WA has spent the past six years researching the life of her maternal second great-grandmother, Lucretia Berry Porter Cowan, who, after her move from Maine to Seattle with her two young children in 1912 eventually gained a reputation as one of the best photographers in Seattle. Crystal is planning to write a biography of her ancestor and will be making a research trip to Maine, where she will visit a number of libraries, archives, and historical societies. The grant will help to pay for fees associated with this trip.


Genealogy Roundup, February 4

I've done a lot of African American genealogy over the years, so for Black History Month, I decided to put together a collage of photos of some of the people I've been fortunate enough to research and meet.

Friends and countrymen, lend me your (jug) ears...

10 Things You Didn't Know About Katy Perry's Family Tree – Something to ponder about one of the stars of the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show

UK to Decide If It's OK to Make Babies From DNA of 3 People – Genealogy might be about to get harder.





December 2014 Seton Shields Genealogy Grant


The Simpsonville Genealogical Research Room is a small, independent genealogical research library currently located in the Senior and Activity Center of Simpsonville, SC. The room consists of several shelves of local history books and research guides, as well as a computer, all to help beginner and advanced genealogists in finding their Simpsonville roots. Much of the initiative to establish the library came from a young man in the community named Andrew Staton. The grant will assist with the cost of applying for 501c3 federal tax exempt status.

Genealogy Roundup, January 28


I love you: Holocaust survivor salutes American soldier who saved him. – Love that they were able to meet again. Remarkable.

Elderly man finds son after discovering letter hidden by deceased wife for decades. – Imagine finding this letter!

Fatherland comics review – Family history in comic/graphic novel form. Looks interesting!

Stephen Colbert: One Last Report (It's Genealogical) | Irish America – Better late than never? I researched Stephen Colbert's roots back around 2006/2007, and am finally getting around to writing about it! Here's an article that's just coming out in the latest issue of Irish America Magazine (and BTW, if you're part Irish, you really should consider subscribing to this magazine - whether in print or for your tablet!).

Dartmouth Alumni Columnist, at 100 Years Old, Is Still Looking for New Stories – A really interesting read - inspiring, but realistic. Anyone who's done a family newsletter will relate.

Heirloom Homecomings: Rescuing other people’s heirlooms brings out the hero in family historians. – Delighted to have been interviewed by Sunny Jane Morton for an orphan heirlooms article in current issue of Family Tree Magazine - pages 8-9! P.S. Please considering subscribing. I get it on my ipad.

Genealogy Roundup, January 21

"Arranging Family:" First Solo Exhibit by Carlee Fernandez. Photographer and sculptor Carlee Fernandez uses the central theme of family - and how the past intersects with the present and gives hope for the future. – Love this baptismal cup!

On Meet the Press: Finding History in Everyday Places – Great video about Andrew Carroll and his book, "Here Is Where" about the hidden history all around us.

Husband finds wedding ring lost 64 years ago.