Book Review – Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA

I never thought that I would refer to a book about DNA as riveting, but the time has come.  Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA by Richard Hill is a well-written tale of a man who spends many years searching for his biological family and eventually, through the use of DNA and genetic genealogy, is finally able to solve the mystery of his birth. From the first page, the reader is drawn into the plight of a young man who discovers that he is not who he thought he was.  Over the course of more than forty-five years, Richard Hill searches to find the true identity of his parents.  Hill uses some conventional and some less well-known techniques for obtaining information.  There is much to be learned from both the successes and the problems that Richard encountered. This gripping true story is an absolute page turner.  Whether you are an adoptee, a genealogist, or someone who likes a good story, Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA is worth every minute.  Both those who are just starting their journey and those who have many years of experience will likely come away with a couple of new tricks up their sleeves.  Once you open the book, don’t plan to do anything else until you’ve reached the final page.   Description Trade Paperback, 260 pages Published August 2012 ISBN: 1475190832 ISBN 13:...

Advent Calendar 2011 – Christmas Gifts: The Evolution of Christmas Shopping

Every year my mom used to take my sister and I to the mall and give us a little bit of money to pick out gifts for her and our grandparents.  We had a lot of fun selecting just the right gift for each one.  While the gifts were usually small, dust-collecting trinkets, they always elicited smiles from the recipients. My kids are almost all too young for this sort of adventure.  I have one who is old enough but he’d rather use his Mastercard debit card (that he funds by working odd jobs) to shop online.  Being the thrifty type, he does not like to spend more than necessary for an item.  It’s not uncommon to see small envelopes with electronic goodies arrive in the mail for him, many of which come from Amazon. There has recently been more than a small bit of uproar in the genealogical community due to Amazon’s latest marketing scheme.  In case you haven’t heard, they’re offering $5.00 off a maximum of three items if you use their app to provide information from a brick and mortar store today, December 10th.  According to Amazon’s webpage about the offer, it applies on select toys, sports, music, and DVDs.  There appears to be no mention of this offer applying to books. Several genealogists have expressed concern about the effects on small independent booksellers.  While I do agree that it would be extremely rude to go to your local small bookstore (or any type of store, for that matter) and send the pricing information to Amazon, I’m not sure that I’d feel the same way if the competitor pricing came from a mega-retailer like...

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