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Audiobook Review: Saxons, Vikings, And Celts

Saxons, Vikings, and Celts:  The Genetic Roots Of Britain And Ireland, by Bryan Sykes, read by Dick Hill For the most part this is an enjoyable book.  The author is in charge of Oxford Ancestors, one of the many companies … Continue reading

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Goldie Linderman’s Ancestors: A Case Study In Pedigree Collapse

One of the more fascinating aspects of genealogy is the problem of pedigree collapse.  Within some families there are marked tendencies towards endogamy, or cousin marriage, which was often pursued in earlier eras as a way of preserving the family … Continue reading

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On The Joys Of Genetic Genealogy

A few weeks ago, around Father’s Day, my mother convinced me–in truth, she did not have to convince me very hard–to take advantage of a deal to sign up for a DNA test from Ancestry.com, although I had earlier taken … Continue reading

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Book Review: Who We Are And How We Got Here

Who We Are And How We Got Here:  Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past, by David Reich Although I am by no means fond of the evolutionary worldview of the author, a worldview that is shared … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ancestral Journeys

Ancestral Journeys:  The Peopling Of Europe From The First Venturers To The Vikings, by Jean Manco As I was reading this book I was a bit unsure of what to think and how to feel about it.  I am certainly … Continue reading

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Book Review: Deep Ancestry

Deep Ancestry:  Inside The Genographic Project:  The Landmark DNA Quest To Decipher Our Distant Past, by Spencer Wells I am going to have a lot of harsh things to say about this book and its approach, so I would like … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sarum

Sarum:  The Novel Of England, by Edward Rutherfurd Every once in a while I read a novel simply because it is recommended by a friend, and in this case I read this 900 page novel on the recommendation of a … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: The Invisible History Of The Human Race

The Invisible History Of The Human Race: How DNA And History Shape Our Identities And Our Futures, by Christine Kenneally, read by Justine Eyre Before I review the contents of the book, I would like to comment briefly on the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Darwin’s Doubt

Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin Of Animal Life And The Case For Intelligent Design, by Stephen C. Meyer A sequel of sorts to his book Signature In The Cell (a book that has been on my to-read list for years … Continue reading

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