I have just received in the mail today a new genealogy book. However, this isn't any genealogy book. This is a book about the history of genealogy. Nope, no records or research tips and tricks type genealogy book, but one that is devoted to the study of the history of it.
The book is called "Family Matters: A History of Genealogy" by Mr. Michael Sharpe (2011 publication). It is another great book by the publishers Pen and Sword (Chris Paton's books have been published by them too). As I mentioned I have only just received the book in the mail today. I have had a quick thumb through and it definitely looks like a great read to me. Mr. Sharpe seems to have really done a great amount of work in putting this together.
To quote the back on the book jacket, "Lankmark history of genealogy," "Puts family history research into a historical and social context," "Vivid descriptions of the careers of the pioneering genealogists over the past two centuries," "Historical insight into the extraordinary growth of the ancestry business."
Also, there is a brief blurb by none other than Dr. Nick Barratt, "This is a fascinating account of the rise of genealogy from a quirky hobby to a mainstream industry, lifting the lid on the personalities and politics behind the scenes."
The book retails at £19.99 and US$39.95 from Pen and Sword. Their website is http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/. The book is available via the Pen and Sword website, or you can go to http://www.amazon.co.uk/ and it is available from there at the reduced price of £16.99. I checked on US http://www.amazon.com/ and the book will be available there on February 2012, but you can preorder at the price of US$26.37.
If outside the UK and you want the book before February 2012, you might want to buy directly from Pen and Sword. In my opinion I think this book would make a great Christmas present for the genealogist in your life. It is definitely different, fascinating, and not like any other genealogy book out there. Well done Mr. Sharpe for doing a book like this.