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Caution: Highly Addictive
on 13 April 2012
I've never been particularly interested in my family tree, but within hours of reading this book I had traced both my parents, the marriages of uncles and aunts, both sets of grandparents and my wife's maternal grandparents. I had even tracked down my grandparent's marriage, in 1911 and the maiden name of my grandmother (born 1877). That is how addictive genealogy, the search for where we come from, can be.
Ms Vincent-Northam writes in a style that is at once easy to read and entertaining, without ever losing sight of the goal; to educate you, the reader, into ways and means of tracing your roots.
And no stone is left unturned. From rooting through personal papers, to checking with the General Register Office or Parish Register, to looking into the murky pasts of ancestors who may have been transported to the colonies, this book will tell you where to look and what to look for.
Tracing your history may be a lengthy and time-consuming process, but this spritely and lively read is packed with web links, enabling you to begin building your family tree literally within minutes.
Are you distantly related to royalty? Was one of your ancestors a major player in the world of business or government? Or do you come from a long line of nobodies? Whatever the answer, if you want to learn who you really are, then Trace Your Roots is a must have.