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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Ancestry Publishing (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931279004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931279000
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,665,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (yes, that's her real name) is a genealogical adventurer who loves solving mysteries, making unexpected discoveries and pushing the boundaries of conventional genealogy.

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

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)

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Anyone interested in family history should read "Honoring Our Ancestors."
Beth Uyehara
For those on a time schedule that doesn't allow long periods of reading, this book can be savored (just like the first) by reading one story at a time.
Brenda
The sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and always inspiring tales will demonstrate many creative and diverse ideas.
G. Kleist

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on January 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
Having read and LOVED,"In Search of Our Ancestors" by Megan Smolenyak, I was very excited to learn of her latest book, "Honoring Our Ancestors". It's a great follow up on the first book. For those on a time schedule that doesn't allow long periods of reading, this book can be savored (just like the first) by reading one story at a time. Each story is only a few pages long. It's gives one thought as to how we can each choose a way to honor our own ancestors. Give it a try, and if you haven't read the first book, PLEASE don't miss it, also!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beth Uyehara on March 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
Anyone interested in family history should read "Honoring Our Ancestors." It shows how people today are taking the field of genealogy way beyond just the recording of names and dates. The book contains a series of tales by contemporary family historians telling in their own words not only how they researched their ancestors' lives, but how they have used what they learned to honor their ancestors' memories. Some of the tales are astonishing, some are deeply moving and one or more will probably inspire you to find your own way to honor your own ancestors, as they did me. There is no better gift you could give to "the genealogist who has everything." Actually, I'd recommend this for any family researcher's library. I've read it a couple of times already, and loaned it to friends, who all loved it and bought it for themselves and to give as gifts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thom Kolton on September 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
The book is a series of short two-page stories that demonstrate the many ways in which people honor their ancestors. Whether it is retracing their steps or quilting their lives, this book shows such wonderfully simple ways in which we can attain that connection between past and present.
For me personally, it has inspired me to set up a program where refugee children can document their past for posterity, information that would otherwise be lost within one generation.
This is a must read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anna Harding on September 24, 2002
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Megan's newest book is the perfect read for an evening in a big armchair, perhaps surrounded by photos of your loved ones. Her stories bring to mind personal stories of my own family and inspire me to do some exploration of my own roots. Her writing is accessible, engaging and interesting. Great old photos too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 2003
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I got this as a gift for Christmas, loved it, and I have since given copies to other people as gifts--and they too have found it incredibly moving and inspiring. These stories are amazing, and the book has prompted me to look into my own family's history. I can't recommend this book more highly.
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