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Thu, Aug 15, 2013

Amelia Rose Earhart Drops Claim Of Family Tie To Lost Aviatrix

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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