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Megan Smolenyak

  • Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing by Megan Smolenyak

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    Book trailer for "Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing" by Megan Smolenyak: http://megansmolenyak.com/b...

    You've heard of the Dog Whisperer? Meet the Ancestor Rescuer.

    Part forensic scientist, part master sleuth, Megan Smolenyak2 has solved some of America's oldest and most fascinating genealogical mysteries. You've read the headlines; now get the inside story as the "Indiana Jones of genealogy" reveals how she cracked her news-making cases, became the face of this increasingly popular field--and redefined history along the way.

    How did Smolenyak2 discover Barack Obama's Irish ancestry--and his relation to Brad Pitt? Or the journey of Michelle Obama's family from slavery to the White House? Or the startling links between outspoken politicians Al Sharpton and Strom Thurmond? And why is Smolenyak2's name squared? Test your own skills as she shares her exciting secrets.

    Whether she's scouring websites to uncover the surprising connections between famous figures or using cutting-edge DNA tests to locate family members of fallen soldiers dating back to the Civil War, Smolenyak2's historical sleuthing is as provocative, richly layered, and exciting as America itself.

    "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

    "The Indiana Jones of genealogy. . . Megan Smolenyak is a national treasure." --Buzzy Jackson, author of Shaking the Family Tree

    Megan Smolenyak2 is an incurable genealogist who loves solving mysteries, making unexpected discoveries, and pushing the boundaries of conventional genealogy. A popular writer, speaker, and TV guest, she does all she can to get the g-word out there and inspire others in their quest for roots. She has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today show, CNN, NPR, and the BBC, and consulted on shows ranging from Who Do You Think You Are? to Top Chef.

    Megan is the author of six books (including Who Do You Think You Are? The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History, companion guide to the NBC series), a Huffington Post contributor, and former chief family historian and spokesperson for Ancestry.com. She lives in southern New Jersey with her husband and lots of research tools. Show less
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    • Down Under: William & Nancy Ashley of Tampa, Florida - Duration: 12 minutes.

      • 7 months ago
      • 290 views
      The Genealogy Guys, George Morgan and Drew Smith, explore Oaklawn Cemetery in Tampa, Florida, and tell the story of William and Nancy Ashley, hinted at by their tombstone which describes them as "m...
    • Melvina's Descendants, Michelle Obama's Cousins - Duration: 3 minutes, 47 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 1,178 views
      In 2009, genealogist Megan Smolenyak traced the new First Lady's family tree back 4 to 5 generations on all branches, but of all the ancestors she uncovered, it was a great-great-great-grandmother ...
    • The Family Tree of Pharrell Williams and Why He Almost Didn’t Exist - Duration: 7 minutes, 55 seconds.

      • 11 months ago
      • 8,187 views
      Every one of us is an amalgamation not only of all our ancestors, but of their decisions, and a peek into the family tree of Pharrell Williams reveals how a decision made by one of his 4th great-gr...
    • Bruce Springsteen accepts Ellis Island award with his mother & aunts - Duration: 7 minutes, 43 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 19,587 views
      Charming video of Bruce Springsteen accepting an award at Ellis Island, and inviting his mother and aunts on stage. He discusses his Italian, Irish and Dutch ancestry, as well as his feelings about...
    • Ancestors: Technology - Duration: 24 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 460 views
      This is a bit dated (one of my first television appearances!), but remains near and dear to my heart because it shares the experience of my first family reunion in the Rusyn village of Osturna in S...
    • War Letters: An Interview with Andrew Carroll - Duration: 15 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 387 views
      Best-selling author Andrew Carroll (most recently of "Here Is Where") explains The Legacy Project initiative that sparked the book "War Letters" to protect and preserve letters written during times...
    • DNA Stories: Did She Marry Her Cousin? - Duration: 17 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 3,879 views
      What are the odds of one Smolenyak marrying another Smolenyak? And if that happened, what are the odds that they were related - kissing cousins of some sort? Well, Megan Smolenyak did marry another...
    • DNA Stories: A Tale of Two Fathers (by Megan Smolenyak) - Duration: 9 minutes, 2 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 1,682 views
      Bob Zins grew up believing that the man who raised him wasn't his father, but was that really true? Would DNA testing confirm or disprove the whispered tales? See how he used Y-DNA testing to get a...
    • Genetic Family Reunion: DNA Reveals Alex Haley's Scottish Roots - Duration: 8 minutes, 21 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 4,269 views
      Alex Haley of "Roots" fame gets much of the credit for igniting the global genealogy craze, but even he probably couldn't have imagined what DNA would reveal about the Haley branch of his family. W...
    • DNA Stories: A Tale of Two Sisters featuring Bill Hurst - Duration: 5 minutes, 48 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 2,851 views
      Genetic genealogist Bill Hurst strategically uses mtDNA testing to solve an ages-old history mystery involving a maternal branch of his family tree.
    • Down Under: Zacchini with George Morgan & Drew Smith (by Megan Smolenyak) - Duration: 16 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
      • 386 views
      Genealogists George Morgan and Drew Smith uncover the story behind a curious Tampa, Florida tombstone with a cannon on it.
    • Unclaimed Persons featuring Megan Smolenyak - Duration: 20 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
      • 723 views
      Genealogist Megan Smolenyak assists coroners and medical examiners with cases involving "unclaimed persons" - essentially "lost and found," but for people, rather than gloves and umbrellas. The res...
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