An Irish lass, Annie Moore, tripped down a gangplank and into the pages of history in 1892 when she became the first immigrant to arrive at Ellis Island. But less than a century later, an Illinois-born Annie Moore had somehow taken her place and was celebrated in song, statue and literature. That all ended when some stubborn genealogists decided to use their sleuthing skills to seek out the right Annie. Join us to learn how she and her true descendants reclaimed their rightful place in history when their reunion was featured on the front page of the New York Times.
Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (yes, that’s her real name) is an incurable genealogist and wears many hats in the family history world. 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 enjoys solving mysteries, making unexpected discoveries and pushing the boundaries of conventional genealogy. She has consulted for and appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Early Show, CNN, BBC Breakfast, Who Do You Think You Are?, African American Lives, Ancestors, TimeWatch, They Came to America, Faces of America, NPR, and BBC Radio, and has spoken at numerous events across the U.S., England, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand. Megan’s books include Trace Your Roots with DNA, Honoring Our Ancestors, In Search of Our Ancestors, and They Came to America.