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No story is longer than a few pages, but most are such touchingly personal tales that you may find yourself reading just one or two at a time--unless you're in the mood for a good cry. The photo of a great-great-great grandmother's "free pass" (that proved she was not a slave) and its accompanying story of being made into a medal and touring the country during the bicentennial is a definite tearjerker, as are the multiple stories of lives being saved through families passing on information about genetically inherited diseases. To lighten the mood a bit, laugh along with the researcher who discovered his wife was also his fifth cousin, or with the fellow who managed to ruin his family's tales of famous ancestors, uncovering a war deserter instead. A few stories have relevant research information at the end--all for specific organizations--but the book isn't aimed at your practical side. More than anything, this collection is designed to simply share the warmth and surprises that genealogical research can bring if you stick with the hunt, keep your sense of humor, and listen to your heart. --Jill Lightner
101 Inspiring Stories of Serendipity and Connection in Rediscovering Our Family History!
Shaking the family tree is one of our fastest growing leisure-time activities-over 100 million Americans have started their own genealogical research.
With over 100 true stories of the amazing luck, unexpected kindness, and unusual serendipity encountered by researchers as they track down their family records, In Search of Our Ancestors offers an inspirational look at the rewards of family history. It includes the stories of:
An American researcher who receives a trove of valuable family documents from an old man in Luxembourg trying to repay the debt he feels for American aid during World War II.
A family that travels to France to visit their newfound cousins and is overwhelmed by their generosity and their enthusiasm for recreating long-lost family ties.
A woman researching obscure records a county Historical Society who discovers that the great-grandfather of the clerk helping her had helped her grandfather-as a signer to his citizenship papers.
I have purchased over five copies of this book over the years and given them to friends who are interested in genealogy. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Barbara Algaze
Great bedtime reading. Many stories are touching and will even bring a tear to your eye. Helps you realise our ancestors want their story known and will help you find them if you... Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by TERRY REILLY
I have read a number of the entries of this book and love them. They are so inspirational and encourage me to look for my ancestors and help others look for theirs. Read morePublished on March 31, 2011 by S. Zealley
This book is not a "how-to" book, but gives various accounts of the spiritual rewards of being involved in this work.Published on February 10, 2011 by Ron Yancey
I was given this book as a gift for the holidays and couldn't put it down. The books is easy to read and VERY entertaining. Read morePublished on March 1, 2003 by Barbara Algaze
So many times we associate genealogy with just names and dates. This book reminds us that there so much more to genealogy... Read morePublished on September 17, 2000 by L. B DAVIS
this is truly a great book of inspiration and success stories. If a person is interested in their family and roots this is well worth the read. Read morePublished on September 16, 2000 by Kenneth Hughes
This book is a great read for all! The stories are inspiring and heartwarming. This book will make you want to dig into your old geneaology files and get working! Read morePublished on September 12, 2000
The amazing feats of genealogists are not always accomplished by lots of hard work. Sometimes, as, the stories in this book illustrate, success is accomplished by just being at... Read morePublished on September 8, 2000 by Ceil C