Wednesday, September 08, 2010

A Brief Review of Buzzy's Book

Hello All -

I have just read the new book by Buzzy Jackson called "Shaking The Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist." I purchased it while I was on holiday in the US this past month.

I can see why this book is so widely praised, it is a book that you can't put down. Needless to say it involves Buzzy taking her readers on a journey of her beginnings of researching her ancestry - her Jackson side of the family. It is a book that really sucks you in as a reader, especially as a fellow genealogist. The book delves into Buzzy's beginnings of her interest in researching her family, and quickly illustrates how addictive it can be. Buzzy shows a great sense of humour and seems to have a great time with it all. She demonstrates the fun side of genealogy as well as the serious academic side of things.

Buzzy's genealogical journey takes her in a number of areas - DNA research, interviewing her older relatives as well as her parents, going on the Wholly Genes Cruise, graveyard visits, joining her local family history society, etc. This book really shows the process in practical form of performing family history research, and does so in a very entertaining way. It is a book that almost everyone can relate to, as we have all done some of the same sort of things ourselves as newbies. Buzzy seems to quickly get a hand on things and learns alot from her experiences in researching her Jackson family. She definitely meets up with the best folks to learn from (her cruise with Wholly Genes).

It was so interesting to read of her experiences with the world of genealogy as a new-comer, and her development within it. Buzzy's book would make a great documentary - one can just image the book on film. I would definitely recommend reading Buzzy's book - beginner or not.

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