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Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing Paperback – February 1, 2012
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About the Author
Ann Turner was hooked on genealogy when she learned that her parents' ancestors had arrived in the United States on the same ship yet went their separate ways until her parents met 300 years later. She works at home, writing computer software and composing messages for the popular "Genealogy-DNA" mailing list. She currently resides in Menlo Park, California.
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A popular writer, speaker and TV guest, Megan has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today Show, the Early Show, CNN, NPR and BBC. In addition to consulting on shows ranging from Who Do You Think You Are? to Top Chef, she is the author of six books, a Huffington Post contributor, a cold case researcher for the Army, NCIS and the FBI, and former Chief Family Historian and spokesperson for Ancestry.com.
Her most recent books are Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing and Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History, companion guide to the TV series.
Megan's "greatest hits" include the following:
* Discovering Michelle Obama's roots, as featured on the front page of The New York Times
* Celebrity roots as featured on assorted TV shows (e.g., Martha Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Brooke Shields, Cory Booker, Susan Sarandon, Emmitt Smith, Richard Blais, etc.) and in her writings (e.g., Betty White, Katy Perry, Joe Biden, Beyonce, Julia Roberts, Jon Hamm, Josh Groban, Pink, Prince, Jon Stewart, Bruno Mars, etc.)
* Tracing Barack Obama's roots to Moneygall, Co. Offaly, Ireland
* Providing 14 years of forensic consulting to the U.S. Army to locate thousands of family members of soldiers still unaccounted for from WWI, WWII, Korea and Southeast Asia
* Correcting history by revealing the true story of Annie Moore, the first immigrant through Ellis Island, as featured on the front page of The New York Times
* Using her sleuthing skills to help coroners and medical examiners locate the next of kin for unclaimed persons
* Supporting more than 150 genealogical initiatives through her Seton Shields Genealogy Grants Program
Kind words about Megan's work:
"Megan Smolenyak is a master storyteller who brings personal history to life." -- Cheryl Richardson, New York Times best-selling author of The Art of Extreme Self-Care, Take Time for Your Life and more
"Megan Smolenyak ... is the guru ... - the beginning, the middle, and the end of genealogy. And like all good gurus, she inspires the rest of us to find our own roots, to keep digging until we know our own story." -- Pam Grout, New York Times best-selling author of E-Squared, E-Cubed and more
"Megan is a gifted roots detective who uncovers the past through meticulous research." -- Patricia Harty, Editor/Co-Founder, Irish America Magazine
"The stories in In Search of Our Ancestors are touching and personal. Each one reveals the three S's that are at the heart of researching our family roots: surprise, serendipity, and secrets." -- Lisa See, New York Times best-selling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love and more
"Megan . . . is, hands down, America's greatest genealogist." -- Andrew Carroll, editor of the New York Times bestsellers War Letters and Behind the Lines
"The Indiana Jones of genealogy...Megan Smolenyak is a national treasure." -- Buzzy Jackson, author of Shaking the Family Tree
"Megan Smolenyak is the genealogist's genealogist - the go-to person for building your family tree and solving stubborn historical mysteries." -- Dr. Spencer Wells, Director of the Genographic Project, National Geographic
"Megan can find the living as well as the dead - and she has the skills to do it quickly." -- Leland & Patty Meitzler, genealogyblog.com
"Thank you for taking the time to lay out our family map... You're practically family. You certainly know more about us than we do." -- Stephen Colbert
"Megan is a genealogist's dream, a forensic investigator who can also tell a great story." -- Sam Roberts, The New York Times
"Megan is a blessing to cold-case detectives and a master genealogist." -- Julie M. Haney, special agent, NCIS Cold Case Homicide Unit
You can find Megan online at the following sites:
* MeganSmolenyak.com (http://www.megansmolenyak.com)
* Honoring Our Ancestors (http://honoringourancestors.com)
* Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/megan-smolenyak-smolenyak)
* Twitter (http://twitter.com/megansmolenyak)
* Facebook (http://facebook.com/smolenyak)
* LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/in/megansmolenyak)
Top Customer Reviews
Megan not only shares her stories of challenges and accomplishments, she also teaches us how to think about solving these types of puzzles.
Her easy story-telling style makes me feel included in her excitement and wonder at the many unexpected truths she unveils as she works her way through the cases.
This book seems appropriate for folks who are exploring their own family roots as well as those of us who are just intrigued by this type of detective work.
She clearly loves what she does and is a generous and dedicated professional with a lot of writing talent.
However, I was very pleased and entertained! This is a collection of stories of of some of her most intriguing cases, both celebrity and non-celebrity. She tells about her brickwalls, how she got through them, and the "a-ha" moments. All written with a wonderful sense of humor.
After reading this wonderful book, Megan
has convinced me nothing is impossible. My brick wall dates to the birth of my 3rd
great-grandfather--1797 in Rowan Co, NC.
My brother and I have been trying for many
years to go back another generation but have been unable to. Megan has given me
the hope to keep on researching and I WILL
find the answer I am seeking. Great work,
Megan! Thank you! Judy Jouglet
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love genealogy and quickly threw this book into my cart when I was shopping at Dollar Tree, I'm sorry I did.The book is basically about nonsense. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Eric B. Borgman
I am only about a quarter of the way through the book, but I am enjoying it thoroughly. It is not a "how to" book on genealogy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kay Jay
As usual, Smolenyak comes through with a study of how to do genealogy. Her lessons border on genius and always display a love, a passion for genealogy.Published 8 months ago by alice foust
Interesting stories on what really goes into the TV versions of genealogy. The sponsors sometimes portray it as just being able to click on their website and you can go back... Read morePublished 14 months ago by K. Sharp
This is a very informative book if you are doing genealogy or not...Published 16 months ago by Flo in Texas
Megan Smolenyak has lived the dream of many amateur genealogists, as she gets paid to do genealogy and loves doing it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by rachel
I thought Ms. Smolenyak is a great story teller and skilled genealogist. She uses her own experiences to explain methods of finding surviving family of military personnel. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome book. Tears one minute and laughter the next. Non-genealogy readers can enjoy the love she puts into each chapter, each adventure, each person.Published 20 months ago by HELEN L LEHMAN
Nicely written in a folksy, home style. Some of the descriptions on how
Megan acquired her data were vague and could have been clarified.
Generally, not a bad job. Read more