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Megan Smolenyak
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genealogical adventurer who loves to solve mysteries and dream up new ways to play with family history
genealogical adventurer who loves to solve mysteries and dream up new ways to play with family history

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Well, I needed a lot of help to get in this - basically, a patient woman worked her magic while I just stood there - but this is me wearing a sari in India - with my button-down underneath, of course. #tbt
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I normally try to steer clear of politics online, but occasionally the people I research are politicians or political pundits, and that in and of itself is sometimes regarded as political. In this instance, though, I confess to a strong pro-immigrant bias as I consider myself the very lucky descendant of immigrants who weren't always welcomed with open arms. I'm grateful the door was left open for them in spite of prejudices that existed at the time, so it seems hypocritical not to wish the same for those arriving today. So here's my latest. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/megan-smolenyak-smolenyak/ann-coulters-immigrant-an_b_8332212.html

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OK, this one is probably going to provoke mixed reactions, but after reading an article this morning, I felt compelled to share a different perspective. It's not so much what the original article said as what it left out.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/megan-smolenyak-smolenyak/inmates-indexing-genealog_b_7982308.html
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You know you've been remiss when another genealogist writes about your overhauled website before you do! Joan Griffis kindly wrote about the new www.megansmolenyak.com as well as the changes to my Seton Shields genealogy grants program (more on this when I get a chance!). 

http://www.news-gazette.com/living/2015-08-12/joan-griffis-genealogist-overhauls-popular-website.html

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So happy to hear this. Even after doing more than a 1,000 cases, certain ones stand out and this is one of them. The Army first gave me Cpl. Nehemiah E. Butler's case way back in 2005, and I wasn't able to solve it - partly because Maryland denied me records that could have helped (I remember because I faxed politicians in the state to try to get help, and the vital records folks seemed tickled with themselves for still refusing - and having spent a number of years as a Marylander, this particularly irked me!). 

At any rate, the Army occasionally gives me a second chance at cases that stumped me because they know it torments me. In 2010, they let me try again and I was able to find Cpl. Butler's family (note: I don't care how experienced a genealogist you are; you can always get better!) - and they were delighted to be found. So now he's been identified and interred at Arlington National. 

One small correction to the article: it was his nieces who provided DNA. His sister has been deceased for 30 years.

http://www.stripes.com/korean-war-soldier-s-remains-identified-buried-at-arlington-1.362360

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"In Search of Our Ancestors" (about genealogical serendipity) is now #1 in new genealogy releases - thank you, fellow genies!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013GYJQW4/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B013GYJQW4&linkCode=as2&tag=honoringourances&linkId=CQVPLBDHSFTMHYRG
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Celebrities whose stories are on hold while PBS vets their episodes of "Finding Your Roots"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/megan-smolenyak-smolenyak/celebrity-genealogy-on-tv_b_7683360.html
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