Megan Smolenyak on Irish Heritage

The following excerpt is from an interview with my friend, Megan Smolenyak, published in the March 31, 2013 edition of

Background: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (who goes by Megan Smolenyak2 on her website in a nod to her married name) is a genealogist who has unearthed the Irish roots of many well-known people, including President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. The author of six books, she resides in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

Tell us about your Irish heritage.
“I’m half-Irish (maternal side) with roots in Cork, Kerry, Longford and Antrim. My immigrant ancestors came between 1836 and 1882 and settled in Jersey City. My closest connection to Ireland is a pair of great-grandparents, so I just miss being eligible for citizenship.”

Read the full article.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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