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Barack Obama and Sarah Palin are cousins! So are Obama and Dick Cheney, Obama and Brad Pitt, and Obama and Rush Limbaugh! Wow. What are the odds? “Oh,” Smolenyak writes, “about 100 percent.” The most surprising thing about this lively book by a noted genealogist is that some things we think are surprising really aren’t. Technically speaking, we’re all related, if you go back far enough, but even starting from a mere 10 generations ago, you’ll find more than 1,000 direct ancestors have been generated, making unexpected kinships, well, expected. Geography plays a big role, too. Hillary Clinton is related to Celine Dion and Shania Twain, for example, because one of the branches of her family is French Canadian. By relating some of her more famous and intriguing genealogical investigations—the Obama–Brad Pitt connection, the history of a family Bible, Obama’s much-publicized Irish roots—Smolenyak shows readers just how exciting, shocking, and heartwarming the field of genealogy can be, and he busts a few fondly held myths about the work genealogists do. --David Pitt
I am only about a quarter of the way through the book, but I am enjoying it thoroughly. It is not a "how to" book on genealogy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kay Jay
As usual, Smolenyak comes through with a study of how to do genealogy. Her lessons border on genius and always display a love, a passion for genealogy.Published 4 months ago by alice foust
Interesting stories on what really goes into the TV versions of genealogy. The sponsors sometimes portray it as just being able to click on their website and you can go back... Read morePublished 11 months ago by K. Sharp
This is a very informative book if you are doing genealogy or not...Published 13 months ago by Flo Sells
Megan Smolenyak has lived the dream of many amateur genealogists, as she gets paid to do genealogy and loves doing it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by rachel
I thought Ms. Smolenyak is a great story teller and skilled genealogist. She uses her own experiences to explain methods of finding surviving family of military personnel. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome book. Tears one minute and laughter the next. Non-genealogy readers can enjoy the love she puts into each chapter, each adventure, each person.Published 16 months ago by HELEN L LEHMAN
Nicely written in a folksy, home style. Some of the descriptions on how
Megan acquired her data were vague and could have been clarified.
Generally, not a bad job. Read more
I have just received it, so I have not yet began to read it. Will follow up with a review when I get into it.Published 20 months ago by Leo the lion