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I found it a little difficult to follow at times, but then I find it hard to follow my research when it gets a few generations back. This is not a recitation of names and places, but a real story of the history of this family and the struggle in finding information about a broken family. I enjoyed reading about his method of finding and connecting with people for whom he hoped would hold the key to his story.
When I first got this book I was actually excited, hoping to learn more about genealogy. What I got was mostly a personal account of the authors personal history. While there were some interesting bits even in that, it was not what I was hoping for.
Overall, the book is as vague as the summary. It touches a bit on how genealogy is so popular and obsessive by some, it compares to and seems cultish and religious. The book starts off about how Mormons collect records of birth, marriage, death, etc of every person they can. Then goes into mentioning his own experience a bit mentioning some sites he used. Then back to Mormons, then we jump into his personal conquest of his lineage. All in the same chapter! I would have felt much more at ease with it if the book was done differently. Maybe broken up the book, the first chapter or 2 about genealogy in general. The next several chapters can be his own experience then give websites, experts etc. It is so heavily mixed. One minute I feel like I am reading a memoir, the next a few paragraphs of an index. His experience isn't covered in order either. IT seems to work in flashbacks at times.
So ultimately, very badly organized. It would have been better to either write this as a memoir or break it up into sections. Too much crossing over for me.
If you want to read about the authors family history read this book. If you are looking to learn about genealogy and how to learn your own, this isn't very helpful.
Considering the odd hobbies that people take up, it seems curious that a psychiatrist is so troubled to find himself immersed in a project. He assumes that, driven by their theology, millions of Mormons are equally immersed. Sadly, most Mormons don't do much genealogy research, even with so many free records at their disposal. Millions of non-Mormons, however, do seem to care a lot about genealogy. Is their "obsession" an addiction any more than someone who loves bowling is addicted? Or someone who loves boats or golf? Or reading mysteries? Part of the author's loosey-goosey thinking is to make big assumptions, such as comparing an interest in genealogy to an actual addiction (such as addiction to tobacco). Another assumption is that Mormons do genealogy because their theology dictates it. Apparently no amount of guilt and no threats of eternal fire are sufficient to engage some Mormons in genealogy.
He seems to define genealogy as a religion merely because of the Mormon connection.Read more ›
Read this book. If you are interested in or, even better, already involved in genealogy, read this book NOW! If you have any connections to Washington State, Spokane, Olympia, Reardon, Four Lakes or points in between you are also bound to like the local flavor the author's journey includes. This is a story of the search for meaning in public records of all kinds: birth, death, adoption, census, obituaries, cemetery markers, etc. leading to connections with real people and, ultimately, real family members.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
With the use of his own unusual family history Doug Bremer's anecdotes emaphasize the rsie of genealogy as, not only a hobby, but as a path of self-discovery and place in the... Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by CDM
First off don't think this book has anything to do with religion. It doesn't. The author seems to think that he can appeal to religious zealots or something via the misleading... Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by Parsons 210
Bremner makes a good point early on then reiterates it over and over and over again - just like I did here. The premise is interesting but probably not deserving of a book.Published on July 2, 2013 by Larry J. Frieders
This book spells out the whole picture about Genealogy.
I frankly am bored with it and the author covers every aspect including the addiction.
First of all, a thank-you is in order to the author for sending me a free copy of this book and to the Goodreads Making Connections group for serving as the link between authors... Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by Okiegirl
I was given this book by Mr. Bremner in order to review it.
Based on the title of the book, I had thought it would be more about the history and/or process of genealogy... Read more
Dr. Bremner once again does a fantastic job. Incredibly in depth and yet easy to read. Can't wait until the next book!Published on May 14, 2013 by Aram