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Reviewed by Bernadette Acocella for Readers' Favorite
True Miracles with Genealogy: Help from Beyond the Veil by Anne Bradshaw is a fascinating look at researching family trees. Bradshaw has compiled many stories of people who have been assisted in their research from those who have already passed on. One such researcher tells how her great-grandmother Mary Ann spoke to her, "Sherry Ann, you have enough information in this den to find my family." She followed her great-grandmother’s lead and discovered distant relatives also searching for Mary Ann.
Family is very important to Latter Day Saints (Mormon); it is only natural that they would want to acknowledge their ancestors. Perhaps we should all model their attitude and search for the stories of those who came before us. The stories shared in this book came from both members and non-members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
What a coincidence to receive this book just when I began researching my husband’s family. The genealogy bug bit me. Doing the research is both fun and interesting.
As researchers visit libraries, cemeteries and other sites doing research, they meet other people willing to share information with each other. Many tell of ancestors reaching out to them from beyond the veil. Often ancestors seem to place people who can lead them closer to finding their ancestors, in their path.
Bradshaw stresses that genealogy is more than dates and places. Genealogy is the history, the story of those in the past. The stories are amazing, and it is sad they are being lost. Genealogy “has to do with their lives, their dreams and hopes, their aspirations, and how those things have, in turn, made each of us what we are.” This book will make the reader eager to dig into the past. Bradshaw writes in an easy to understand manner; her enthusiasm is contagious.