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Family Trees - A History of Genealogy in America (Anglais) Relié – 19 avril 2013


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The quest for roots has been an enduring American preoccupation. Over the centuries, generations have sketched coats of arms, embroidered family trees, established local genealogical societies, and carefully filled in the blanks in their bibles, all in pursuit of self-knowledge and status through kinship ties. This long and varied history of Americans' search for identity illuminates the story of America itself, according to Francois Weil, as fixations with social standing, racial purity, and national belonging gave way in the twentieth century to an embrace of diverse ethnicity and heritage. Seeking out one's ancestors was a genteel pursuit in the colonial era, when an aristocratic pedigree secured a place in the British Atlantic empire. Genealogy developed into a middle-class diversion in the young republic. But over the next century, knowledge of one's family background came to represent a quasi-scientific defense of elite "Anglo-Saxons" in a nation transformed by immigration and the emancipation of slaves.By the mid-twentieth century, when a new enthusiasm for cultural diversity took hold, the practice of tracing one's family tree had become thoroughly democratized and commercialized. Today, Ancestry attracts over two million members with census records and ship manifests, while popular television shows depict celebrities exploring archives and submitting to DNA testing to learn the stories of their forebears. Further advances in genetics promise new insights as Americans continue their restless pursuit of past and place in an ever-changing world.


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A seminal work in the field; will become the Gold standard! 30 août 2013
Par Robert W Strong - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a seminal work in the history of American genealogy that stands with Taylor & Crandall's Generations and Change—it will become the Gold standard for the field. Its content is as thoroughly documented as it is well written—suitable for both the academician and the family genealogist, it abounds with extremely valuable information for both and it is also a GREAT read!
A good first survey 31 décembre 2014
Par Anson Cassel Mills - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Despite its current popularity, genealogy seems never before to have generated its own history; and this short book, well researched and decently written, proves a good introduction. Nevertheless, there are few surprises: colonial Americans employing genealogy to bolster social status; the late nineteenth century using it as a handmaiden of scientific racism; and the late twentieth turning it into a search for one's identity.

Most interesting to me are the outliers: Americans with crackpot notions of inheriting British estates, parvenus looking for coats-of-arms to put on silverware and cufflinks, Mormons investing serious dollops of time and money for religious reasons, and the internet’s apparent creation of interest simply because family trees could now be so easily investigated. (Like many of the more-or-less ornamental sides of life, it’s unwise to discount pure curiosity if it can be done on the cheap.)
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Must-Have Book for Any Genealogist 2 mai 2013
Par Tasha - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book answers a need for a History of Genealogy. Goes into fascinating detail on the Colonial period and later. Really should be on the short list for any serious student of genealogy.
Very useful and scholarly account up through the end of the ... 24 août 2014
Par Fred - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Very useful and scholarly account up through the end of the 20th Century, but seems not to appreciate the continuing development of standards and the continuing advancement of the nation's scholarly journals. Still very worthwhile.
Five Stars 5 décembre 2014
Par Lorna K. Millward - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Perfect for the class I am taking!
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