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Who: James B. Hayes
Ellis Island Medals of Honor
When: Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Ellis Island Medals of Honor are presented to Americans of diverse origins for their outstanding contributions to their own ethnic groups and to American society. Honorees typically include U.S. Presidents, Nobel Prize winners, leaders of industry, and gifted artists, performers, and athletes. Each receives a specially crafted Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have unanimously passed resolutions sanctioning the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations and the Ellis Island Medals of Honor. This recognition inspires us to work anew for a better world through the advancement, protection, and encouragement of all of America’s ethnic groups, religions, and races.

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The following is an excerpt of an article written by my new found cousin James B. Hayes.

In the May-June 2008 issue of Dublin’s “Ireland of the Welcomes” magazine, there is a several-page photo-article by a native of NYC, James B. HAYES, former publisher of “Fortune” magazine, now living and writing in Colorado Springs, in which he reminisces about a particular trip to Ireland many years earlier in which he was struck by the remarkable thoughtfulness of one gentleman, in particular – Mr. MURRAY, proprietor of Murray & Son Ltd. Drapery, Charleville, Co. Cork.*

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Last week Congressman Chris Murphy visited Waterbury Hospital to learn how President Obama’s health plan might impact Connecticut’s hospitals.  Colleen was asked to participate and had his ear for at least part of the time he was there.


Many people have been asking what I have been doing to obtain so much information about my family in such short of a time. I am sure that there are many strategies that could be employed, but here is mine.

Talk to Living Family Members BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

I cannot stress this point enough. Regrettably, I waited just a bit too long to start this venture. Several family members who had a great grip of the family history in their heads, have recently passed away. I recommend using a camcorder to document a casual and informal conversation with your living relatives. Trust me, you will forget most of what the tell you because of information overload. And notes don’t work too well either. I often question what I wrote down as being an accurate representation of what was said.


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I’ve been wanting to do this for some time, and now I have no excuse. With DNA testing you can find undiscovered genetic cousins who may know even more about your family roots. DNA can help you expand your Family Tree beyond the limits of historical records.

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I ordered two test kits. The first is the Advanced Paternal Lineage Test. The Paternal Lineage Test can help me connect with living relatives and possibly add them to my family tree. The second is the Maternal Lineage Test where I can learn about my mother’s ancient ancestors as they migrated across the world thousands of years ago. The maternal test can also help me disprove family links if they exist.You can learn more about the DNA testing process by going to:

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