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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Fastest Growing Religion in America: How Genealogy Captured the Brains and Imaginations of Americans

I really enjoyed Doug Bremner's The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg, so I picked up The Fastest Growing Religion in America: How Genealogy Captured the Brains and Imaginations of Americans during my last trip.

Genealogy has grabbed hold of America--people everywhere, in all walks of life, are spending money and time putting together their own links to the past. Some call it an obsession. Some even call it a religion. Doug Bremner is no exception. In a search to fill in the blanks of his maternal history, Doug finds out about the history of the genealogical obsession along with long-held deep dark secrets in the family he never knew. It's enough to make your head spin.

This book focuses on Bremner's genealogical search, which is really interesting if you are a genealogist (professional or amateur!) yourself. Bremner works step-by-step through his process which has taken him years to put together. He started long before the ease of the hundreds of thousands of websites became available for the ease of search. It's quite interesting. I appreciate how Bremner integrates information about genealogy itself with his own slog through the alternating myriad and dearth of available information. The author lets it all hang out--the good, the bad, and the ugly. It makes for a very interesting read!

Kindle copy below. A great price!

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