The Adoptee's Guide to DNA Testing
How to Use Genetic Genealogy to Discover Your Long-Lost Family
Paperback ISBN: 1440353379
Reconnect with your roots! Adoptees, foundlings, and others with unknown parentage face unique challenges in researching their ancestors. Enter this book: a comprehensive guide to adoption genealogy that has the resources you need to find your family through genetic testing. Inside, you'll find: - Strategies for connecting your genealogy to previous genealogists - Detailed guides for using DNA tests and tools, plus how to analyze your test results and apply them to research - Real-life success stories that put the book's techniques into practice and inspire you to seek your own discoveries
American Book of the Dead
Paperback ISBN: 0895560518
With over 120,000 copies sold, this unique contemporary work brings the timeless Tibetan Bardo teaching into current American culture and language, with 49 days of readings for someone who has died or who is preparing for the dying experience. This book has been and still remains an important tool for providing a spiritual service to a dying person as opposed to grieving, processing loss, or mourning for that person's passage. Front matter includes "Notes on the Labyrinth" (or the Bardo...) and other commentary by the author that provides insights for an American reader who wishes to provide this guiding service to a family member, spouse, friend, or anyone who is terminal. The reading instructions very clearly outline when and what to read, without any limitation of belief system--the practice is presented as non-denominational, not requiring Buddhist or Christian or Jewish prayers, but also not in conflict with any of these. A schedule of readings shows graphically how to carry out the full series of 49 days of readings, at approximately 10 to 20 minutes per reading. The book has been in use since 1974 in various editions, taught in university courses on Death & Dying and related subjects (it is referenced in a recent handbook of acting exercises, for example...), and used by hospice workers and nurses internationally. The American Book of the Dead is often referenced in discussions of the 1970's West Coast spiritual renaissance, and many of the baby boomer generation will recall it in circulation when they were in college or beginning their careers. Translated editions have appeared in Spanish and Greek languages, with editions in preparation in German, French, Italian, and Polish. There is a course available by correspondence and on the internet that gives additional training for readers who wish to pursue the practice of performing "Labyrinth Readings" or "Bardo guiding" as a service to others--beyond one's own family and personal network.
A Journey into a Family Secret
Paperback ISBN: 1401310192
A Michigan Notable Book for 2010 One of the Washington Post Book World's "Best Books of 2009," Memoir Beth Luxenberg was an only child. Or so everyone thought. Six months after Beth's death, her secret emerged. It had a name: Annie. Praise for Annie's Ghosts "Annie's Ghosts is one of the most remarkable books I have ever read . . . From mental institutions to the Holocaust, from mothers and fathers to children and childhood, with its mysteries, sadness, and joy--this book is one emotional ride." --Bob Woodward, author of The War Within and State of Denial "Steve Luxenberg sleuths his family's hidden history with the skills of an investigative reporter, the instincts of a mystery writer, and the sympathy of a loving son. His rediscovery of one lost woman illuminates the shocking fate of thousands of Americans who disappeared just a generation ago." --Tony Horwitz, author of A Voyage Long and Strange and Confederates in the Attic "I started reading within minutes of picking up this book, and was instantly mesmerized. It's a riveting detective story, a moving family saga, an enlightening if heartbreaking chapter in the history of America's treatment of people born with what we now call special needs." --Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don't Understand and You're Wearing That "This is a memoir that pushes the journalistic envelope . . . Luxenberg has written a fascinating personal story as well as a report on our communal response to the mentally ill." --Helen Epstein, author of Where She Came From and Children of the Holocaust "A wise, affecting new memoir of family secrets and posthumous absolution." --The Washington Post "Annie's Ghosts will resonate for many, whether the chords have to do with family secrets, the Depression, memories of a thriving Detroit, the Holocaust's horrors, or the immigrant experience." --The Detroit Free Press
A Beginner's Guide to Online Genealogy
Learn How to Trace Your Family History and Discover Your Roots
Paperback ISBN: 1440586454
Use online tools to discover your family's history! Today, with millions of records available online, it's never been easier to chart your family history and discover your roots. But with hundreds of ancestors just a click away, where do you start? This book guides you through the genealogy process with easy-to-understand strategies for researching family roots online. Featuring detailed explanations, each chapter teaches you how to navigate popular genealogy websites, decipher census data and other online records, and connect with other family members to share your findings. Complete with tips on using free databases and genealogy apps, A Beginner's Guide to Online Genealogy has everything you need to find long-lost relatives and map your family tree!
A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree
Paperback ISBN: 0684847043
A complete guide to African-American genealogy provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions on how to trace the history of one's family, discussing the different types of records and documents available, where to find them, how to analyze them for key information, and how to organize them. Original. 40,000 first printing.
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived
The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes
Paperback ISBN: 1615194940
In our unique genomes, every one of us carries the story of our species—births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration, and a lot of sex. But those stories have always been locked away—until now. Who are our ancestors? Where did they come from? Geneticists have suddenly become historians, and the hard evidence in our DNA has blown the lid off what we thought we knew. Acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford explains exactly how genomics is completely rewriting the human story—from 100,000 years ago to the present. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived will upend your thinking on Neanderthals, evolution, royalty, race, and even redheads. (For example, we now know that at least four human species once roamed the earth.) Plus, here is the remarkable, controversial story of how our genes made their way to the Americas—one that’s still being written, as ever more of us have our DNA sequenced. Rutherford closes with “A Short Introduction to the Future of Humankind,” filled with provocative questions that we’re on the cusp of answering: Are we still in the grasp of natural selection? Are we evolving for better or worse? And . . . where do we go from here?
The Chesapeake Book of the Dead
Tombstones, Epitaphs, Histories, Reflections, and Oddments of the Region
Hardcover ISBN: 0801860415
Maryland newspaper columnist and photographer Starke Jett survey the burying grounds of the Chesapeake Bay region, from Arlington National Cemetery and the graves of the famous to lone graves so modest they were lost nearly as soon as they were dug. They trace back to the early 1600s. The photographs are monochrome. There is a list of suggested reading but no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)