Sunday, February 05, 2006

Honoring Our Ancestors

Honoring Our Ancestors is the home base of Megan Smolenyak2—the author of Trace Your Roots with DNA, They Came to America: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors, and other titles you probably haven't read but should. She's even coined a new word—"genetealogy."

But what makes Megan the coolest woman in genealogy is her Genealogy Research Grant program. Since May 2000, she's given out dozens of small grants to individuals and groups for special projects like rescuing forgotten graveyards, transcribing vital records, and sending kids from Spanish Harlem to a living-history museum—acts of genealogical kindness we all should try to emulate.