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Special Family History Fireside Features Genealogy Author Smolenyak

SUITLAND, MARYLAND -- All are invited to a special family history (genealogy) fireside, "The Thin Veil", at the Suitland Maryland Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5300 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD. on Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 7 p.m. . The fireside features best-selling author, Megan Smolenyak.

Megan Smolenyak is the compiler of the new, best-selling book, "In Search of Our Ancestors: 101 Stories of Serendipity and Connection in Rediscovering Our Family History". Her book is the companion volume to the new PBS/KBYU-TV series, "Ancestors", which is currently airing on Maryland Public Television (MPT) and on PBS affiliates around the country. Many of the people and their true accounts from the book are featured in the "Ancestors" television series. Over recent months, Smolenyak has appeared on the NBC "Today Show", Fox News Channel's "Fox &Friends", and has been interviewed at length by National Public Radio. She has also spoken around the country about her book.

In the fireside, Smolenyak will explore some of the inspirational accounts of people who have made happy and unexpected discoveries as they sought out their ancestors. In the process, many even seemed to receive divine help.

Music at the fireside will be provided by coloratura soprano Sister Barbara Lewis, who has performed at The Kennedy Center, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and internationally.

A brief reception with Megan Smolenyak and with Barbara Lewis follows the fireside. The Suitland Maryland Stake Family History Center will also open following the fireside and plans to feature its acquisition of several new genealogical databases and programs.

All are invited to come and to be uplifted by the true accounts in Smolenyak's book.

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