Shaking the Family Tree

Shaking the Family Tree

Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of An Accidental Genealogist

Book - 2010
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Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010
ISBN: 9781439112991
1439112991
Branch Call Number: 929.1 Jackson Jackson
929.1 Jackson Jackson
Characteristics: xi, 241 p. ; 22 cm

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May 09, 2018

The ancient Greeks, author "Buzzy" Jackson points out, had two distinct words for the concept of time: 'kairos' versus 'chronos'. The former term denotes what people spend most of their lives thinking about in terms of to-do lists, urgent appointments, shopping deals, and the rest, representing time in the present and upcoming future. The latter term denotes what people think about at the moments of deepest reflection, representing time like a set of ripples in an eternal ocean as one generation flows into another.

Jackson's excellent book describes her own look at her ancestors not just in terms of American history but even looking at early human evolution. The work is also quite more than that. She interviews a number of influential figures within the field of genealogy and tries to get a handle on what motivates people to put themselves into the shoes of their relatives. The book is highly recommended, page after page being filled with interesting information.

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