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 AmericaUser 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 AmericaUser 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