- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company; 8th edition (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806317523
- ISBN-13: 978-0806317526
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In addition, it contains a list of commonly-used genealogical abbreviations, names of the colonists discussed in the book and their line number, so they're easy to find, an index by name and title, and an expanded list of the references.
My rating should actually be a 4-1/2. The only problems I've noticed are in the references to an individual's line and number, e.g. John of Gaunt, 1A-31. In some cases, these are incorrect. However, with a bit of searching, I've been able to find the person and correct the reference in pencil.
As for the physical condition of the book, it arrived well packed and in perfect shape. All in all, I'm very happy with it--it was definitely worth what I paid for it.
I'm an Anglo/European amateur genealogist with the good dumb luck of finding both Yankee and Virginian 17th century great grandfathers in 19th and 20th century public-domain books. Two of these have royal ancestry, one of whom, Col. Thomas Ligon, Henrico, Virginia, is found in this book. Capt. William Lawrence, of Flushing, Long Island, is not found within this book; line 130-28 is where his ancestress leaves the book. Line 53-27 resolved a mystery about a second marriage that relates Capt. Lawrence and Col. Ligon in the 13th century.
The family trees of those New World immigrants bracket a sub-set of Magna Carta Barons with Scottish ancestry/political interests. Magna Carta genealogy is of greater interest to me because family is the backstory.
Genealogy websites are as good as the information people provide. One difficulty of mine is knowing when I've reached the earliest recorded ancestor of any particular family. This book provides answers to those questions. This book indicates the primary source material where the information may be found. ASC = Anglo Saxon Chronicles.
The antiquity of some families, Gallic Roman Senators, Byzantine Emperors, as example, explains the family trees I've found online that seem more mythical than historical. They probably have this book, too.
'Ancestral Roots' is required for the serious genealogist. Its useful to the amateur genealogist and historian. Its fun to read for the information alone. Western Civ. in high-school might have been enlivened for a few days with this book. At such a remove in time, these ancient lines would be ancestral to all Europeans, wherever they reside.