Genealogy DNA Research Program coming to Huntsville
Many of you know Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak as the lead researcher for the PBS Ancestors series where she delved into over 5,000 genealogical stories and developed much of the content for the companion website. She has subsequently consulted for other television programs, including They Came to America and African American Lives for PBS, and BBC’s Timewatch (regarding the identification of sailors’ remains recovered from the USS Monitor). She currently serves as Chief Family Historian and North American spokesperson for Ancestry.com and is also co-founder of Roots Television just to name a few of her accomplishments.
She is also host of the series Unclaimed Persons on RootsTevelevision. Unclaimed Persons features cases–one involving a man who was found in his jeep in the desert and had been lost to his family for more than 50 years — from Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania and San Bernardino County, California. Unclaimed Persons can be viewed here and more information is available here.
The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library will be hosting an all-day program scheduled for Saturday, October 18th from 9 AM to 4 PM with Ms. Smolenyak as the featured speaker. This is her first ever trip to the state of Alabama. The event, ‘Genealogy for the 21st Century: DNA Research & Roots Television’, will be held in the ballroom of Embassy Suites Hotel at 800 Monroe Street. The cost is $45 per person for those who pre-register by August 31st. The charge will increase to $50 per person for the month of September. Deadline for ALL registrations is September 30th. Seating for the event IS LIMITED to the first 130 people to sign up and lunch is NOT INCLUDED in the ticket price. Also, copies of Megan’s books will be on sale. To sign up for what promises to be a highly informative event, reservations are being taken in person through the Administration Office on third floor of the Main Library from 9 AM to 5 PM or by mailing a check to the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, DNA Research Seminar, 915 Monroe Street, Huntsville, AL 35801. Reservation fees MUST be paid in advance. This is one program you don’t want to miss!