Family Trees

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Harvard University Press, Apr 30, 2013 - History - 320 pages
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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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Given its popularity, I've long been surprised that not much attention has been devoted to the history of genealogical research and pursuit. François Weil's Family Trees starts to correct that trend ... Read full review

FAMILY TREES: A History of Genealogy in America

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A genealogy of American genealogy.L'Académie de Paris chancellor of universities displays both thoroughness and grounding as he stakes out the contours of his American genealogical culture into four ... Read full review

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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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