Friday, January 15, 2010

Megan's new book - Who Do You Think You Are?

Along with the debut of the Who Do You Think You Are? television show in early March, there is also a comp[anion book titled: Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History. It was written by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak.

The book summary says:

"There is no such thing as an ordinary family. Each one has its own stories: the black sheep, the Civil War hero, the ancestors who fled to the United States, or the lost family fortune. No matter how plain you think your background is, chances are there is a saga just waiting to be discovered.

"The ground-breaking NBC series Who Do You Think You Are? takes seven of America's best-loved celebrities-from Lisa Kudrow to Susan Sarandon-on an emotional journey to trace their family history and discover who they really are. The revelations are sometimes shocking, sometimes heartbreaking, and always fascinating.

"With the Who Do You Think You Are? companion guide, you will learn how to chart your own journey into your past and discover the treasures hidden in your family tree. Featuring step-by-step instructions from one of America's top genealogical researchers, Who Do You Think You Are? covers everything a beginner needs to know to start digging into their roots, including:

"* Full-color profiles of the celebrities' surprising revelations
* Starting the search-it's as easy as pulling out the old family photos
* Census information-where to find it and how to use it
* What birth, death, and marriage certificates have to tell us
* How to track down immigration and military documents
* The latest breakthroughs in DNA testing
* The best online resources to conduct your searches, and store your newfound discoveries to share with family and save for future generations

"It has never been easier to bring your family history to life. You will be amazed at how much there is to discover!"

This looks like an excellent "starter" book for beginning genealogists. Genealogy societies should consider "stocking up" on this book if the expected "tide" of new genealogists rises after the TV Show airs.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Notice that the book will be published on April 18th which is toward the end of the TV series. It would be better if it was available on the day the series began.