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Amelia Earhart learns the truth about her ancestry

4:37 PM, Aug 9, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - After launching her plans to recreate the historic Round-the-world flight in June 2014, 9News Traffic Reporter Amelia Earhart learned today that she shares a name with the famous aviator but they are not related.

Here's Amelia Earhart in her own words:

A NOTE FROM AMELIA:

"It's been an interesting 24 hours, and I've learned some new things about my family that I think are important to share with all of you. 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 surprising, it doesn't change my commitment to the mission or to the mission of my 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

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