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True Miracles with Genealogy: Help from Beyond the Veil Paperback – September 16, 2010
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This book if filled with dozens of personal accounts of individuals who have received divine help while researching their family history.
This quote from the books summed things up perfectly:
These incidents could be attributed to sheer coincidence. Personally, I find it impossible to dismiss such consistencies as anything less than inspired. They are too many, too often, too consistent, and too remarkable to be mere serendipity.
Anyone interested in Family History is sure to enjoy this wonderful book.
I have always enjoyed reading stories like this and some of these stories were very touching and required me to keep some tissues near. It was also interesting to see how sometimes there are road blocks in the way because the time is not right, but that later the way is opened.
But this isn't only a book about genealogical research. I very much enjoyed the story about Daris Howard writing the musical "Lilacs in the Valley". He had strong impressions and communication about just how the story was to be written and performed. He mentions, "the most important thing I learned was that they are real people, not just names in a book or lists on a genealogy sheet." (p. 26)
Since this is a compiled record, there is a lot of variation in the style of writing. I found this somewhat disconcerting as I would go from one story to the next without any apparent connection or organization. John Counsel had three stories in the book, but I couldn't figure out why two of them were 51 pages separated from the first story. I skipped and read them together. It was also strange to see John Counsel say, "Two more of our stories appear in this book on pages sixty-five and seventy". Those words could only have come from the compiler of the book, not John Counsel.
I think this would have been a much better book if the stories had been edited and organized.Read more ›
This unique idea of getting information from beyond the veil is not new to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which most stories are from. I have heard countless incidences of family searches which were helped by those who have passed on. It is a fascinating subject and Bradshaw has collected them for us to enjoy and be inspired so we can continue on searching even through the rough times.
So for all of you who love to read stories of those from the life beyond, whether you do family research or not, this is a fantastic read. Very inspiring.
When you become frustrated by the latest "brick wall", sit down with this book and relax. You don't need to be LDS to enjoy the spirituality and hope that flow from the pages.
Anne Bradshaw's book is not a genealogical how-to manual. "True Miracles with Genealogy" is a worldwide collection of astounding personal stories that illustrate the remarkable assistance available to us when we combine diligent research with help from beyond the veil.
Still, each short, unique story is crammed full of invaluable research tips from the successes of Bradshaw's contributors, nearly all of whom attest they found priceless information by listening to promptings and acting on the messages received. Some of these spiritual whispers inspired them to think out of the box, sending them to astounding, unlikely places like eBay and Amazon, or off on excursions where marvelous, miraculous doors opened for them.
Personally, I loved the story about the elusive ancestor who wanted his wife and children found, informing his genealogist-ancestor in a dream that once his family had been located, he would reveal his own information. His sensitive family-researcher followed that prompting and pursued a more obscure family line. In the end, it revealed the elusive ancestors' entire family, and soon thereafter material emerged that revealed his life as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was interesting but is really focused on LDS church members.Published 10 months ago by Bryce E. Jones
There is an old saying that "our ancestors want to connect to us" and the many stories of improbable happenings proves that is true, otherwise how could you explain such... Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by Patricia Jorgensen
So very inspiring and open the mind, heart and spirit to so many possibilities. I read this book at a very tragic time in our lives. Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by Kindle Customer
Love Anne Bradshaw's perspective and the way she writes! I met her years ago and I believe I own every one of her books now! Great book!Published on December 23, 2013 by Sharon P
I read this book in spite of some reviews that felt it was too focused on the LDS philosophies, and I agree that it is, but that didn't detract from some of the amazing stories it... Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by Sheryl Ackerman
I bought this book on my Kindle on Dec 13th and returned it for a refund on the 14th. These are not miracles and a lot of people do genealogy, not only Mormons and I grew to resent... Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Pat Burckhardt
If you want to be inspired to do your genealogy, this is the book for you! I love genealogy and finding those long dead is so rewarding!Published on December 12, 2013 by Vicki Firth
I hadn't realised when I bought the book how much about the Mormon church was going to come into it.
I found it a bit "over the top" and won't be buying volume 2.