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September 2011 Book Remarks
Recommended roots reading.
Brick walls could become a thing of the past, with a new edition of the late Marsha Hoffman Rising's Family Tree Problem Solver: Tried-and-True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors (Family Tree Books). Rising helps you get beyond burned courthouses, those tricky pre-1850 censuses, and same-named folks. New appendixes cover online research and DNA testing.

When retired attorney Quinn Parker discovers old letters in ancient Gaelic, he starts an ancestral investigation that takes him to Ireland -- and opens the door to family secrets. The Gaelic Letters: A Novel of the Almost Perfect Crime by R. Thomas Roe (Signalman Publishing) is an award-winning family drama built around a century of deception.

Among those the transcontinental railroad brought to the American West was a new kind of traveler: the transient worker. Mark Wyman tells the story of these people in Hoboes: Bindlestiffs, Fruit Tramps, and the Harvesting of the West (Hill and Wang). Wyman shows you a little-known but vital part of Western culture and its agricultural economy.

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