WANT TO SMELL LIKE YOUR ANCESTOR?
January 10, 2010
OK. Now I have heard everything!
On Friday, December 18, 2009 Nancy Dillon, News West Coast Bureau Chief for NYDailyNews.com, penned an article announcing that perfumes are now available based on dead celebrities DNA. Dillon says, “A Beverly Hills company is formulating a line of "Antiquity" fragrances based on the DNA of dead celebrities including Elvis Presley, Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson - even Richard Nixon.
“It's the least precise form of testing; only tracking the maternal branch of your family tree. But it can give a sense of your deep ancestry, say if you're Native American or Asian,” Ancestry.com genealogy expert and spokesperson Megan Smolenyak told the Daily News. “I'm just scratching my head here.”
The article explained Dr. Diva Verdun’s research, chief development officer at MyDNAFragrance.com, which found that Elvis “actually had really bad body odor.” She went on to explain the company does not “want to clone him in any way or create a fragrance that actually smelled like him. Why am I not surprised?”
The fragrance line will be available soon and packaged in a ‘sculpted aluminum bottle.’ It will sell for $59.99.
I don’t make this stuff up, folks. Remembering our ancestors’ lack of modern hygiene products, I will pass on this opportunity but I would be interested in any readers’ comments that buy the test and use this perfume. Read more on this subject at www.nydailynews.com/money/2009/11/17/2009-11-17_perfumes_heaven_scent_new_fragrances_based_on_dna_of_dead_celebrities.html#ixzz0a4HaYxQ0.
CANADA LAUNCHES PASSENGER LISTS: The largest collection of immigration records to Canada, these name more than 750,000 passengers arriving during the key growth period from 1856-1935. These passenger manifests are available online through Ancestry.ca. You can look at these in the genealogy library’s subscription to Ancestry without charge.
LARGEST SURNAME DATABASE EVER CREATED: The largest collection of 150,000 United Kingdom family names is soon to be released to the public. The study concentrates on the names from England, Scotland, Ireland, Cornish, Welsh, Gaelic, Norman French, and includes the Huguenot and Jewish names origin. The study, using 11th century resources, includes when and where the surnames were recorded as well as the spellings. Other data includes the meanings and linguistic, geographic and social origins.
The four-year study, projected to go online by 2014, begins in April of this year. Cooperating in this inquiry are the University of the West of England in Bristol and the Faculty of Informatics at Masaryk University, Brno, in the Czech Republic using a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for £834,350, or about $1.3 million American dollars. You can read more on this subject at http://info.uwe.ac.uk/news/UWENews/article.asp?item=1651.
Brenda Kellow has a bachelor's degree in history, teaches, and lectures on genealogy. Before retiring to publish her family’s histories in 2007, Brenda held certification as a Certified Genealogist and as a Certified Genealogical Instructor. Send reunions announcements, books to review, and genealogy queries to: TracingOurRoots@gmail.com.