Wednesday, 19 October 2011

New book from Megan Smolenyak

US celebrity genealogist Megan Smolenyak has a new book "Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing" scheduled for publication at the end of January. 


According to the publisher's blurb 
"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."
I don't normally cover US genealogy developments, but make an exception for Megan as she is co-author, with Ann Turner, of the first book I read that opened my eyes to the potential of genetic genealogy "Trace Your Roots with DNA: Use Your DNA to Complete Your Family Tree."

2 comments:

Ellen Thorne Morris said...

Thank you for the review. As a New Jersey citizen and a grand daughter of two Canadians and one Englishman I am interested in the history and genealogy news of all three countries.

jennywrennz said...

Thank you for alerting me to this.
I live in New Zealand.
Megan is only the best Genealogist and DNA sleuth I know of as well as having a fantastic personality.
I met her in Auckland NZ 2009 AFFHO conference and have known of her work since I started genealogy 15 years ago. I admire her greatly and have just pre-ordered her new book.