Annie Moore on Stage and Screen, from RootsTelevision

Last Friday, I got to see one of our favorite columnists, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, give the keynote address at the annual FGS Banquet in Fort Wayne. She did a fantastic job and received a standing ovation! In her address, she included clips from several productions regarding the search for the real Annie Moore. Today I received the following pess release from RootsTelevision which includes links to these productions, as well as the original announcement from the York Genealogical and Biographical Society in September 2006. (I wish there was one for her address at the banquet!)


Annie Moore on Stage and Screen:
Roots Television Presents a Pair of Tributes to Ellis Island’s First Arrival

What were you doing when you were 11-years-old?  Jumping rope – playing dodge ball? The 5th Year students at Scoil Oilibhéir in Cork, Ireland were writing, producing, directing, and starring in their own motion picture.  Their short film “From Cork to New York: The Annie Moore Story” documents Annie’s life in Cork and her journey to America.  Before they even began filming, the students did their homework, discovering Annie’s birth records and locating several sites important to Annie’s life, including St. Patrick’s Church where she was baptized.  You can view the trailer to the film here:

In another tribute, “Making up History: The Search for Annie Moore,” playwright Alia Faith Williams tells the compelling story of Annie Moore’s journey to America, paralleled with the efforts of Megan Smolenyak and other avid genealogists to uncover Annie’s true identity.

In addition to these new programs, you can also see the original press conference held at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in September 2006, announcing the discovery of the “real” Annie Moore.  Learn about how Annie’s story was lost and another Annie Moore assumed her place in history, as well as how the detective work of Smolenyak and fellow genealogists revealed what became of the true Ellis Island Annie and her family, including her present day descendants.

All of these programs – and 24 channels of history and heritage-oriented programming – are available online, on-demand 24/7, and for FREE at, a pioneering online television network.  To view these Annie Moore productions, just tune in to our Irish Roots Channel or Immigration Channel.  Please contact us at for inquiries.
All the best,

Samantha Butterworth
Director of Operations

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