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The Quest for Annie Moore with Megan Smolenyak

Thursday, March 14, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

at Glucksman Ireland House NYU

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.

Megan Smolenyak is a genealogist, author, and speaker. Formerly Chief Family Historian for, she is best known for tracing the roots of Michelle and Barack Obama; uncovering the story of Annie Moore, and championing the use of DNA testing to learn about one's roots. She holds a BSFS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, an MBA in International Business from George Washington University and an MAS in Information Technology from John Hopkins University.

Read more about Megan Smolenyak and Annie Moore's story.

Introduction by Professor Miriam Nyhan

Special Admission & Book Package: Buy Megan Smolenyak' s Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing for $14 at the door and receive free admission to the event, including a Meet the Author wine and cheese reception following the talk.

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