Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist (Paperback)
Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist
Touchstone Books, 9781439112991, 241pp.
Publication Date: July 6, 2010
Praise For Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist…
"Very interesting and entertaining—I read it with pleasure."
—Tracy Kidder, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and New York Times bestselling author of Strength in What Remains
“Part Gen-X guide to genealogy, part rollicking road trip for roots – complete with somebody named Cousin Mooner – Buzzy Jackson’s book is funny, illuminating and profound. If your idea of genealogy is grandpa hunched over that tattered ancestral chart he keeps in the back of his suspenders drawer, think again.”
—Ariel Sabar, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and author of My Father’s Paradise
“It’s as if Tony Horwitz or Sarah Vowell invaded the hallowed halls of genealogy and exposed our past-adoring, source-citing, ancestor-worshiping underworld.”
—Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, author of Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History
“This is a delightful book -- fun to read, but educational. Much recommended for anyone who has considered searching for their ancestors (or loves someone who does so). Jackson is so friendly, her outlook so generous -- from a cruise ship in the Caribbean to a forgotten graveyard in Alabama to a crowded library in Salt Lake City -- she is the perfect companion for this adventurous trip into the world of genealogy.”
—Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club
“Jackson packs an amazing amount of information and advice into small, pithy paragraphs. . . her descriptions of the process and the people she met will prove fascinating to everyone with an interest in tracing their family backward.” —Booklist
"Jackson’s account is an easily digested travelogue into her family’s history and a vivid journey into the world of genealogy." —The Boston Globe