Thu, Aug 15, 2013
Posts On Facebook That Genealogists Have Found No Connection
Up until recently, television traffic reporter Amelia Rose Earhart said she believed she had a "distant" family tie to Amelia Earhart, the famed aviatrix who was lost during an around-the-world attempt in 1937. But on Friday, the woman who hopes to replicate the journey ... to a successful conclusion ... posted on her Facebook page that a team of genealogists she hired has not been able to make any connection between the two.
The younger Earhart is a television traffic anchor at KUSA in Denver. Television station WCAU in Philadelphia reports that while she has admitted that there is not even a distant connection to the famous pilot, she has intends to continue with her planned flight. She was at Oshkosh this summer promoting her efforts.
The full Facebook post reads:
A note from my heart... Thank you for reading. Amelia Earhart once said: "You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward." She sure was right. Years ago, I hired a genealogist to look into the link between myself and the first Amelia Earhart, and for the past 10 years, I had the understanding that we shared a distant common ancestry. As many of you may know, I am in the process of recreating her historic flight around the world. As a part of this process, it became clear it was time to determine the EXACT connection between the two of us. After hiring a team of researchers, I learned today that though we share a name and a love of flight, the first Amelia Earhart and I are not from the same family. While the news was a jolt, it DOES NOT change my commitment to the flight or to the mission of The Fly With Amelia Foundation, which is to enable young girls to pursue their dreams of flight. I am so thankful for all the
encouragement and support I have received and I am really looking forward to sharing my recreation of Amelia's flight around the world with all of you. -Amelia
Amelia Rose Earhart plans to make the trip with a co-pilot in a Pilatus PC-12NG. If she is successful, she would become the youngest woman to fly around the world.
(Pictured: Amelia Rose Earhart with co-pilot Patrick Carter at Oshkosh)
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