The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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October 15, 2012

FRGS officers attend genealogy event

Becky Shuff and Anita McClung, president and vice president, respectively, of the Fayette-Raleigh County Genealogy Society (FRGS) attended a special genealogical event in Manassas, Va., recently.

Prince William County Bull Run Library hosted “Relic After Dark,” a program that included buffet, desserts and drinks, full use of the research resources and featured Megan Smolenyak as the guest speaker.

Smolenyak is a real life history detective who loves to solve mysteries and is a nationally-recognized genealogist, author and speaker. She is the author of six books, including “Hey America Your Roots Are Showing” and “Who Do You Think You Are?” (companion to the TV series) and also conducts forensic research for the Army, coroners, NCIS and the FBI and is former chief family historian and spokesperson for

You might have spotted Smolenyak or her handiwork on Top Chef, Finding Your Roots, Faces of America, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Early Show, CNN, PBS, NPR, and Who Do You Think You Are?

Since 1999, she has also been a consultant with the U.S. Army’s repatriation efforts and has located relatives of soldiers still unaccounted for from past military conflicts.

Attending this event was especially meaningful for the local women because in 2011, Smolenyak had presented the Fayette-Raleigh County Genealogy Society with a grant that was used to pay for storage of their research collection. Shuff and McClung enjoyed an evening with other genealogists from all over the U.S. and also had the opportunity to discuss several of their own genealogical challenges with Smolenyak.

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