Book Remarks

By Sharon DeBartolo Carmack Premium

What makes Beyond the Family Tree: A 21st Century Guide to Exploring Your Roots and Creating Connections by Jennifer Worick (Abrams) different from other oral history guides is its approach to online communication. Worick teaches you how to use social networks, online tools, digital recorders and webcams to explore your living family history.

The name of nationally known genealogist Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak isn’t easily forgotten. Even more so with her new book Hey America, Your Roots Are Showing (Kensington Publishing), about her news-making searches and “investigatory romps,” such as discovering President Obama’s Irish roots and the fate of Ellis Island’s first immigrant, Annie Moore.

John Paul Godges portrays 100 years of family history in Oh, Beautiful: An American Family in the 20th Century (self-published). Descended from early 20th century Italian and Polish immigrants, Godges weaves research with oral history to chronicle his family through assimilation, Prohibition, the Great Depression, World War II and more.

In Them Wild Woods: The Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family, 1818-1877 (Ulster Historical Foundation), Bill Jackson presents more than 200 letters and three generations of the Greeves, O’Brien and Sinton families in County Tyrone and upstate New York. You’ll discover the story of a family separated by an ocean, plus social history in Ireland and America.
From the May/June 2012 issue of Family Tree Magazine