Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bookshelf: Shaking the Family Tree

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Well, the folks at Simon & Schuster, Inc. sent the following information about a new book titled Shaking the Family Tree by Buzzy Jackson. Ol' Myrt here wishes her DearREADERS not to confuse this new offering with Shaking Your Family Tree by Ralph J. Crandall and the Shaking Your Family Tree Workbook by Maureen McHugh. I haven't seen Buzzy's book, but trust that one of my DearREADERS will provide some feedback about Buzzy's research.

Shaking the Family Tree

Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist“Who are you and where do you come from?”  As a historian, Buzzy Jackson thought she knew the answers to these simple questions—until she took a closer look at her scrawny family tree. 

In SHAKING THE FAMILY TREE: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist (Touchstone; on-sale July 6, 2010; 978-1-4391-1299-1; $14.99/original trade paperback), Buzzy dives headfirst into her family gene pool: embarking on a weeklong genealogy Caribbean cruise, flying cross-country to locate an ancient family graveyard, trekking to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and sending her DNA for testing to try and find her Jacksons (no easy task with the 20th most common surname).

Great early reviews include:

 “In conversational and witty prose, she conveys not only how much fun she is having but also what she is learning. . . Jackson is a skilled writer, and the fun she has trying to find her dead kin is nicely balanced with the touching reconnections she makes with her living relatives.”  ~Publishers Weekly

 “Jackson packs an amazing amount of information and advice into small, pithy paragraphs. . . her descriptions of the process and the people she met will prove fascinating to everyone with an interest in tracing their family backward.”  ~Booklist

You can learn more about Buzzy by visiting or watching her book trailer:

1 comment:

  1. After seeing this book featured here, I went to my local bookstore to pick up a copy. It's a polished and humorous look into the journey we all take for different reasons into our family history. I haven't finished it yet, but I'm quite enjoying it, and it's been a good, easy read.