Family Trees

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Harvard University Press, Apr 30, 2013 - History - 320 pages
7 Reviews
Americans’ long and restless search for identity through family trees illuminates the story of America itself, according to François Weil, as preoccupation with social standing, racial purity, and national belonging gave way to an embrace of diversity in one’s forebears, pursued through Ancestry.com and advances in DNA testing.

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Review: Family Trees: A History of Genealogy in America

User Review  - Kimberly Schlarman - Goodreads

Considering the popularity of genealogy, I'm kind of surprised there aren't more historiographies on genealogy. Weil's book is a broad statement of the facts of the history of genealogy in America but ... Read full review

Review: Family Trees: A History of Genealogy in America

User Review  - Lynn - Goodreads

An interesting overview of genealogy as it evolved in the US, discussing the different currents of thought and practice as they ebbed and flowed. Some of it - for instance the focus on race after the ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

François Weil is Chancellor of Universities at L’Académie de Paris. He is Professor of History and former President of L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS).

Author's home: Issy-les-Moulineaux, FRANCE

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