Bookstore

Welcome to our Family Search Angel Bookstore! Below you will find titles about genealogy research, family history, genetic genealogy, DNA testing, true-life stories and memoirs, along with genealogy fiction.

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DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy


Guide to DNA Testing: How to Identify Ancestors, Confirm Relationships, and Measure Ethnic Ancestry through DNA Testing - (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Richard Hill, 2014, self-published, available as Kindle ebook: $3.99. This is an easy-to-follow, compact guide to DNA testing. Perfect for the beginner as an intro into DNA lingo. Written by Richard Hill, who was adopted at birth, this publication is the result of his personal mission (that included DNA testing) to find his birth parents and their family.


Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond - (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Emily d. Aulicino, published 2013. Available as Paperback: $19.95 and Kindle ebook: $3.99. A useful introduction to genetic genealogy, at times this book becomes overly technical. I read this book for the first time in 2014 and must admit that some chapters were over my head. I reread it in 2016, with several DNA tests completed and a better understanding of DNA jargon. My second read through I grasped much more of the info. Some of the text is outdated (such as the type of testing offered by different companies). However, if you are past the beginner stage and want to dig into the science of DNA, this is a great book to expand your knowledge of genetic genealogy. 
 

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, Second Edition - (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Blaine T. Bettinger, published 2019. Available as Paperback: $22.99 and Kindle ebook: $19.99. Newly updated, this helpful guide is a great addition to your DNA library. Information is current and as accurate as possible in this ever-evolving science. Most of the material presented is easy to understand and perfect for beginners. Advanced concepts are also presented later in the book, but this should not be a deterrent for newbies as they can always come back to this section after gaining more expertise in DNA analyses. I found the chapters relating to surprises in one's ancestry, such as illegitimacy and adoption, to be extremely informative and sensitive to this topic. Include are many charts, diagrams and illustrations.


She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity - (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Carl Zimmer, published 2018. Available as Hardcover: $18.49, Paperback: $14.93 and Kindle ebook: $14.49. 

Amazon Description:
An Amazon Best Book of June 2018: Heredity is a lot more complex than most people think. In She Has Her Mother's Laugh, New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer dives deep into the ways that we pass along our genetic inheritance. Through history, science, and a boatload of personal curiosity (the book originated from questions he had regarding his own child, and he had his entire genome mapped in the process of writing it), Zimmer seeks to retell the story of heredity in broader and more inclusive terms than the ones we're used to hearing. For example, who we become is determined by our ancestors' genes, yes; but it is also a product of our own cells - for one cell can contribute to millions of future cells. How we treat ourselves, what we learn, and even how we feel, eventually contributes to our hereditary future. The forces at work are myriad, mostly unseen, and subject to variables that we barely understand. Zimmer is trying to help us here, to teach us, and in doing so he succeeds in entertaining us as well. - Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review


Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters - (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Matt Ridley, published 2013. Available as Hardcover: $20.98, Paperback: $11.99 and Kindle ebook: $8.99. 

Amazon description: New York Times Bestseller

The genome's been mapped. But what does it mean?

Arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome raises almost as many questions as it answers. Questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free will. Questions that will affect the rest of your life.

Genome offers extraordinary insight into the ramifications of this incredible breakthrough. By picking one newly discovered gene from each pair of chromosomes and telling its story, Matt Ridley recounts the history of our species and its ancestors from the dawn of life to the brink of future medicine. From Huntington's disease to cancer, from the applications of gene therapy to the horrors of eugenics, Matt Ridley probes the scientific, philosophical, and moral issues arising as a result of the mapping of the genome. It will help you understand what this scientific milestone means for you, for your children, and for humankind. 


I Got My Ethnicity Estimate ... Now What?: A Genealogy Resource Guide - (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by John Ahrens, published 2019. Available as Kindle ebook: $0.99.

Amazon description: You took a DNA test, perhaps from AncestryDNA, 23andMe, or MyHeritage and got your ethnicity estimate results. You read them, maybe something was surprising, something didn't make sense, something was unexpected. Or maybe you got exactly what you expected. You spent a lot of money on this test, and this is what you got for it. So now you find yourself asking ... Now what?

That is the question this Genealogy Resource guide is intended to help you with. There are many resources that can help you answer that question. There are websites dedicated to this subject, books, Facebook groups, podcasts and blogs all waiting to help you take the next step. This book helps direct you to those resources.

This booklet cannot answer the questions for you, as the answers are as varied as the people taking DNA tests. Maybe you want to know what these ethnic groups mean. Maybe you want to find others who have similar ancestry. Maybe you want to learn more about genetic genealogy so you can better understand your results. This booklet has the links to help you figure it all out.



Genetic Genealogy in Practice, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Blaine T. Bettinger, published 2016. Available as Paperback: $36.00 and Kindle ebook: $9.99.

Amazon description: At their own pace, readers learn the basic concepts of genetic genealogy. They then build on that knowledge as they study the testing, analysis, and application of YDNA, X-DNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), and autosomal DNA (atDNA) to reach and support genealogical conclusion. Each chapter includes exercises with answer keys for hands-on practice.



The DNA Guide for Adoptees: How to use genealogy and genetics to uncover your roots, connect with your biological family, and better understand your medical history, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Brianne Kirkpatrick, published 2019. Available as Paperback: $24.99 and Kindle ebook: $14.99.

Amazon description: If you are an adoptee, there's likely missing information about your past and you hope to change that. You've come to the right place! This book is for you if you have hope that DNA testing might open up the search for information about yourself, your origins, and your future. We've worked hard to compile the resources in this book and explain in plain English how DNA and genealogical records fit together like the pieces of a puzzle. In the chapters that follow, we've created a place for you to turn as you come face-to-face with questions about health, ancestry, biological family, and DNA.


Genealogy Research

How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records: A Genealogist's Guide: With Specific Resources for Major Christian Denominations before 1900, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Harold A. Henderson and Sunny Jane Morton, published 2019. Available as Paperback: $29.95.

Amazon Book Review: Sunny Morton and Harold Henderson have hit a gold vein in genealogy research! Their research taps the records of major Christian denominations before 1900. Besides excellent guidance for searching church records in general, including web links, they provide in depth insight for the following denominations: Anglican/Episcopal, Baptist, Congregational, Dutch Reformed, German Churches, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Lutheran, Mennonite and Amish, Quaker, Presbyterian, and Roman Catholic. It's especially impressive to see the list of experts they have checked with in the production of this breakthrough genealogy tool. Many thanks to them for this exceptional work. Hopefully they capture feedback from readers to expand their work in future editions. 


The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy: Trace Your Roots, Share Your History, and Create Your Family Tree (3rd Edition), (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Kimberly Powell, published 2014. Available as Paperback: $15.99 and Kindle ebook: $14.99.

Amazon description: Thanks to the overwhelming number of genealogical records available online today, it's never been easier to trace your family history and find your roots. But where do you begin? With all that information, it can be impossible to know where to start! In The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 3rd Edition, genealogy expert Kimberly Powell guides you through the process of finding ancestors, helping you:
  • Effectively search various websites
  • Decipher census data and other online records
  • Choose the best way to share data with family members
  • Connect with other genealogists through social media
Packed with tips on using free databases, new websites, and a growing number of genealogy apps, The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 3rd Edition has everything you need to scour the Internet and find your ancestors, going back generations!


Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Diana Elder, published 2018. Available as Paperback: $14.99 and Kindle ebook: $4.99. 

Amazon description: Are you stuck in your genealogical research? Wondering how to make progress on your brick wall problems? Discover the process that a professional genealogist uses to solve difficult cases. Diana Elder shares her step-by-step method using real world examples, easily understood by any level of genealogist; written for the researcher ready to take their skills to the next level. Learn how to form an objective, review your research by creating a timeline analysis, construct a locality guide to direct your research, create a plan, style source citations, set up a research log to organize and track your searches, and write a report detailing your findings and ideas for future research. Work samples and templates are included.


Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com: How to Find Your Family History on the #1 Genealogy Website, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Nancy Hendrickson, published 2018. Available as Paperback: $20.82 and Kindle ebook: $17.99.

Amazon description: Discover the secrets to Ancestry.com success! This book will help you get the most out of your Ancestry.com subscription by showing you how to take advantage of what the world's biggest genealogy website has to offer - and how to find answers to your family tree questions within its billions of records and massive network of family trees This newly updated guide reflects the site's many changes, with screenshots that demonstrate how to create family tree, navigate the site, and use Ancestry.com's search engines. A new section on AncestryDNA will also help you dive deeper into your research, with detailed guides to interpreting test results and applying them to research.

Whether you've just begun dabbling in family  history or you're a longtime Ancestry.com subscriber, this book will turn you into an Ancestry.com power user!

The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Kenyatta D. Berry, published 2018. Available as Paperback: $15.79 and Kindle ebook: $14.99.

Amazon description: The popularity of Family History has increased over the past five years due to TV shows like Genealogy Roadshow, Finding Your Roots, and Who Do You Think You Are? The ability to access records online has opened up the one time hobby for genealogy enthusiasts to the mainstream. Companies like Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com, and MyHeritage have spent millions of dollars making records available around the world. DNA technology continues to evolve and provides the instant gratification that we have become use to as a society. But then the question remains, what does that really mean? Knowing your ancestry is more than just ethnic percentages it's about creating and building a story about your family history. The Family History Toolkit is designed to help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming and sometimes treacherous waters of finding your ancestors. While this is not a comprehensive guide to all things genealogy, it is a roadmap to help you on this journey of discovery, whether you are looking for your African Asian, European, or Jewish ancestry. The Family History Toolkit guides you on how and where to begin, what records are available both online and in repositories, what to do once you find the information, how to share your story and of course DNA discoveries.


Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org: How to Find Your Family History on the Largest Free Genealogy Website - Second Edition, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Dana McCullough, published 2020. Available as Paperback: $25.98 and Kindle ebook: $16.99.

Amazon description: Discover your ancestry on FamilySearch.org, the world's largest free genealogy website. This in-depth user guide shows you how to find your family in the site's databases of more than 3.5 billion names and millions of digitized historical records spanning the globe. Learn how to maximize all of FamilySearch.org's research tools - including hard-to-find features - to extend your family tree in America and the old country.

Illustrated step-by-step examples teach you exactly how to apply tips and techniques to your own research. Whether you're new to FamilySearch.org or you're a longtime user, you'll find the guidance you need to discover your ancestors and make the most of the site's valuable resources.

Genealogy Standards, Second Edition, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Board for Certification of Genealogists, published 2019. Available as Hardcover: $21.49, Paperback: 14.79 and Kindle ebook: $14.05.

Amazon description: Family historians depend upon thousands of people unknown to them. They exchange research with others; copy information from books and databases; and write libraries, societies, and government offices. At times they even hire professionals to do legwork in distant areas and trust strangers to solve important problems. But how can a researcher be assured that he or she is producing or receiving reliable results? This official manual from the Board of Certification for Genealogists provides a standard by which all genealogists can pattern their work.


Genealogy Tip of the Day, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Michael John Neill, published 2019. Available as Paperback: $21.99 and Kindle ebook: $9.99. 

Amazon description: Genealogy can be confusing and sometimes what the family historian needs is something short and to-the-point that can help them get their research back on track. That's the intent of Genealogy Tip of the Day.

Long-time genealogist Michael John Neill uses his thirty years of research experience to remind readers of things they had forgotten, make them aware of things they did not know, and encourage them to increase their research and analytical skills. This is not a typical how-to book that has a chapter for each content topic. Topics are spread throughout the book. Tips are based on actual research, actual families, and actual problems. Each day's tip is meant to be a relatively short read, is engaging, accurate, and occasionally funny.

Tip of the Day can be read front-to-back or browsed through at the reader's whim. Tips are about genealogical sources, pitfalls, and procedures based on Michael's extensive experience researching ancestors in the United States and abroad. Tips are practical, easy-to-understand, and applicable to those with ancestors in a variety of locations. Tips have been edited for clarity and updated when necessary. Any content that was time-sensitive has been removed. What's left is research advice and suggestions with some humor thrown in.

Genealogy Tip of the Day can help fill in those gaps in genealogical skill set without being overly academic or tedious.


Tracing Your Ancestors in Lunatic Asylums: A Guide for Family Historians, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Michelle Higgs, published 2020. Available as Paperback: $5.39 and Kindle ebook: $5.30.

Amazon description: How can you trace forebears who were patients in lunatic asylums and find out about their lives? What sources can you consult to discover their personal histories and gain an insight into their experiences? In this concise, accessible handbook, Michelle Higgs answers these questions. She provides a fascinating introduction to the subject and gives readers the means to explore the records for themselves.

She concentrates on the period from the eighteenth century through to 1948 when the National Health Service was founded and looks in particular at the Victorian era which is the most popular period for research. Using original records, contemporary accounts, photographs, illustrations and case studies of real individuals, she bring the story of the asylums and their patients to life.

Different types of institutions are described such as private madhouses, county lunatic asylums, facilities for idiots and imbeciles, and military mental hospitals. Chapters look at the admission procedures and daily routine of patients, plus different kinds of mental illness and how they were treated - for instance, those with depression or mania, criminal lunatics, mothers with puerperal insanity, epileptics and soldiers suffering from shell shock. There are sections on the systems in Scotland and Ireland, as well as England and Wales. Information is provided on all the relevant sources, from wills and the census to casebooks and admission and discharge registers.


Understanding Cemetery Symbols: A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards (Messages from the Dead Book 1), (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Tui Snider, published 2017. Available as Paperback: $17.09 and Kindle ebook: $7.99.

Amazon description: A reference book for genealogists, history buffs, ghost hunters and others seeking to learn the forgotten meanings of cemetery symbols in historic graveyards.




Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Drew Smith, published 2016. Available as Paperback: $23.49 and Kindle ebook: $17.99.

Amazon description: Stop struggling to manage all your genealogy facts, files, and data - make a plan of attack to maximize your progress. Organize Your Genealogy will show you how to use tried-and-true methods and the latest tech tools and genealogy software to organize your research plan, workspace, and family history finds. In this book you'll learn how to organize your time and resources, including how to set goals and objectives, determine workable research questions, sort paper and digital documents, keep track of physical and online correspondence, prepare for a research trip, and follow a skill-building plan. With this comprehensive guide, you'll make the most of your research time and energy and put yourself on a road to genealogy success.


Practical Genealogy: 50 Simple Steps to Research Your Diverse Family History, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Brian Sheffey, published 2020. Available as Paperback: $14.22 and Kindle ebook: $9.99.

Amazon description: The pursuit of family history tends to be shaped by several motives, including finding a larger familial historical picture, preserving the past for future generations, and storytelling. Practical Genealogy provides a method for investigating your family history by establishing an understanding of genealogy and the factors, tasks, and obstacles involved in the research. The end goal: find the information necessary to piece together your heritage.


Genealogy/DNA True-Life Stories and Memoirs:


Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Richard Hill, published 2017. Available as Paperback: $14.99 and Kindle ebook: $8.69. 

Amazon description: The highly suspenseful account of an adoptee trying to reclaim the biological family denied him by sealed birth records. This fascinating quest, including the author's landmark use of DNA testing, takes readers on an exhilarating roller-coaster ride and concludes with a twist that rivals anything Hollywood has to offer.

In the vein of classic mystery, Hill gathers the seemingly scant evidence surrounding the circumstances of his birth. As his resolve shores up, the author also avails of new friends, genealogists, the Internet, and the latest DNA tests in the new field of genetic genealogy. As he closes in on the truth of his ancestry, he is able to construct a living, breathing portrait of the young woman who was faced with the decision to forsake her rights to her child, and ultimately the man whose identity had remained hidden for decades.

Finding Family offers guidance, insight, and motivation for anyone engaged in a similar mission, from ways to obtain information to the many networks that can facilitate adoption searches. The book includes a detailed guide to DNA and genetic genealogy and how they can produce irrefutable results in determining genetic connections and help adoptees bypass sealed records and similar stumbling blocks.


Reunited: An Investigative Genealogist Unlocks Some of Life's Greatest Family Mysteries, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Pamela Slaton, published 2012. Available as Paperback: $14.99 and Kindle ebook: $7.99.

Amazon description: As seen on "20/20"! In this poignant and heartwarming narrative, renowned genealogist Pamela Slaton tells the most striking stories from her incredibly successful career of reconnecting adoptees with long-lost birth parents. After a traumatic reunion with her own mother, Pamela Slaton realized two things: That she wanted to help other adoptees have happier reunions with their birth families, and that she had the unique skill to do so - a strong ability to find what others could not.

Reunited shares the riveting stories of some of Pam's most powerful cases from her long career as an investigative genealogist, and the lessons learned along the way. From the identical twins separated as birth, unknowingly part of a secret study on development, to the man who finally met his birth mother just in the nick of time. Reunited is a collection of these unforgettable moments, told by the woman who orchestrated and witnessed them first-hand. Both heartbreaking and inspiring, they will move anyone who knows the true life-affirming power of family.


Listening to the Voices of Our Ancestors: A Practical Manual for Developing Your Intuitive Genealogical Abilities, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Megan Reilly Koepsell, published 2020. Available as Paperback: $15.12 and Amazon ebook: $5.49.

Amazon description: Discover the secrets of your ancestral past and find out what your ancestors may be trying to tell you. This profound and insightful book will help you become aware of the subtle ways your own family members might be working alongside you in your genealogical searches.


A Broken Tree: How DNA Exposed a Family's Secrets, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Stephen F. Anderson, published 2019. Available as Hardcover: $30.00 and Kindle ebook: $15.39.

Amazon description: Using genealogy to discover his family's secrets, Steve Anderson uncovers the uncomfortable truth about his biology and the questions it raised for his eight siblings and him. Like many people using new DNA technologies today, Anderson is shocked by his findings and determined to uncover how the truth of one's biology can impact lives and relationships.


Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Megan Smolenyak, published 2012. Available as Paperback: $14.90 and Kindle ebook: $9.99.

Amazon description: You've heard of the Dog Whisper? Meet the Ancestor Rescuer.

Part forensic scientist, part master sleuth, Megan Smolenyak has solved some of America's oldest and most fascinating genealogical mysteries. You've read the headlines; now get the inside story as the "Indiana Jones of genealogy" reveals how she cracked her news-making cases, became the face of this increasingly popular field - and redefined history along the way.

How did Smolenyak discover Barack Obama's Irish ancestry - and his relation to Brad Pitt? Or the journey of Michelle Obama's family from slavery to the White House? Or the startling links between outspoken politicians Al Sharpton and Strom Thurmond? And why is Smolenyak's name squared? Test your own skills as she shares her exciting secrets.

Whether she's scouring websites to uncover the surprising connections between famous figures or using cutting-edge DNA tests to locate the family members of fallen soldiers dating back to the Civil War, Smolenyak's historical sleuthing is as provocative, richly layered and exciting as America itself.


The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Libby Copeland, published 2020. Available as Hardcover: $15.99, Paperback: $17.00 and Amazon ebook: $14.59.

Amazon description: A deeply reported look at the rise of home genetic testing and the seismic shock it has had on individual lives.

You swab your cheek or spit into a vial, then send it away to a lab somewhere. Weeks later you get a report that might tell you where your ancestors came from or if you carry certain genetic risks. Or the report could reveal a long-buried family secret and upend your entire sense of identity. Soon a lark becomes an obsession, an incessant desire to find answers to questions at the core of your being, like "Who am I?" and "Where did I come from?" Welcome to the age of home genetic testing.

In The Lost Family, journalist Libby Copeland investigates what happens when we embark on a vast social experiment with little understanding of the ramifications. Copeland explores the culture of genealogy buffs, the science of DNA, and the business of companies like Ancestry and 23andMe, all while tracing the story of one woman, her unusual results, and a relentless methodical drive for answers that becomes a thoroughly modern genetic detective story.

The Lost Family delves into the many lives that have been irrevocable changed by home DNA tests - a technology that represents the end of family secrets. There are the adoptees who've used the tests to find their birth parents; donor-conceived adults who suddenly discover they have more than fifty siblings; hundreds of thousands of Americans who discover their fathers aren't biologically related to them, a phenomenon so common it is known as a "non-paternity event"; and individuals who are left to grapple with their conceptions of race and ethnicity when their true ancestral histories are discovered.

Throughout these accounts, Copeland explores the impulse toward genetic essentialism and raises the question of how much our genes should get to tell us about who we are. With more than thirty million people having undergone home DNA testing, the answer to that question is more important than ever.



Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Dani Shapiro, published 2020. Available as Hardcover: $17.39, Paperback: $14.59 and Amazon ebook: $12.99.

Amazon description: From the acclaimed, best-selling memoirist, novelist and host of the hit podcast Family Secrets, comes a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity, and love.

In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had casually submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her beloved deceased father was not her biological father. Over the course of a single day, her entire history - the life she had lived - crumbled beneath her.

Inheritance is a book about secrets. It is the story of a woman's urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that had been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in, a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

Dani Shapiro's memoir unfolds at a breakneck pace - part mystery, part real-tie investigation, part rumination on the ineffable combination of memory, history, biology, and experience that makes us who we are. Inheritance is a devastating and haunting interrogation of the meaning of kinship and identity, written with stunning intensity and precision.


Maternal Failure, (please click on title for book cover or additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Barb Baltrinic, published 2018. Available as Paperback: $14.99 and Amazon ebook $6.99.

Amazon description: My mother made choices which would become the secrets she carried to her grave. I had been born illegitimately, put up for adoption, but as nine months old I was taken out of the process when my mother married the man who eventually adopted me. Despite her taking me bac, she was never able to bond with me. It wasn't until I had children of my own that I became brave enough to research the many questions I had about my bio-father, and trying to understand my mother's inability t love me. After her death I pursued uncovering all her secrets. This memoir follows the many dead-ends, shocking revelations, and extraordinary twists and turns I faced in my research. It was finally DNA which uncovered the biggest secrets my mother kept hidden. This book offers hope to others who seek answers about their adoption, finding bio-parents and bio-families, and using DNA testing to help solve the mystery of their beginnings. My life is now incredibly rich with the answers I have found and embraced. My search for answers helped me overcome my own feelings of frustration with my mother and her inability to love me. I now believe she did love me, but her many secrets locked her ability to build a relationship with a daughter who only wanted her love.


The Milkman's Son: A Memoir of Family History. A DNA Mystery. A Story of Paternal Love. (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Randy Lindsay, published 2020. Available as Hardcover: $19.15 and Kindle ebook: $17.99.

Amazon description: Raised in a family he bore little resemblance to, Randy was jokingly referred to as "the milkman's son." This warm and candid memoir chronicles the unraveling of a family secret, which begins with Randy's dad having dreams about deceased relatives urging him to complete their family tree. Randy agrees to help with the genealogy, but after his searching leads to a dead end, he takes a commercially available DNA test. The results reveal a possible genetic match to a sister, which begins a familial quest that forever changes the author's life.

Featuring a cast of vivid characters richly drawn from two distinct families, The Milkman's Son reveals one man's family tree, pulling back layers of new information as he gets closer to the truth - a biological father, siblings, and family members he never knew about.

This is a story of accepting, forgiving, and reuniting. Most importantly, it's about the bonds that connect us and the unconditional love that makes us feel like we belong.


Paper and Spit: Family found: How DNA and Genealogy revealed my first parents' identity, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Don Anderson, published 2017. Available as Paperback: $15.95 and Amazon ebook: $7.99.

Amazon description: Like many adoptees, Don Anderson wanted to know where he came from. But would he be setting himself up for disappointment by searching? Would he discover parents who were not alive - or worse, parents who didn't want to know him? Would he be able to find them at all?

Paper and Spit chronicles Anderson's journey. Follow him every step of the way, from filing his first application in 1995, to obtaining information from the adoption agency that placed him, to knocking on his maternal aunt's door in 2001, to finally confirming the identity of his father in 2015.

Using DNA and genealogy, Anderson finds not only the identity of his birth parents but also his true ethnic heritage. In his relentless pursuit, he attends conferences, classes, and studies - and he never gives up his search. Anderson discovers that his connection to his roots is stronger than he realizes - and once he reconnects, he never lets go.

Paper and Spit is filled with suspense, disappointments, breakthroughs, and climactic moments that make it a great read. Even if adoption is not your story, Anderson's memoir will inspire you to find the roots of your identity and heritage.


Digger: A Memoir, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Barbara McCollough, published 2019. Available as Paperback: $13.72 or Amazon ebook: $7.99.

Amazon description: A remarkable and inspiring memoir o the author's suspense-filled journey to unmask family secrets in order to find the truth at the core of her existence: whether she had a twin sister from whom she was separated at birth.

Digger is an astonishing story, beautifully written, full of suspense, and threaded with the insight and wisdom of the author who has devoted her life to finding the truth of a family secret - whether or not she had a twin. Thrilling, inspiring, and deeply poignant, this is also a story about the search for wholeness, that longing of the heart which is universal. ~ Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, Author


Swabbed & Found: An Adopted Man's DNA Journey to Discover his Family Tree, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Frank Billingsley, published 2017. Available as Hardcover: $18.09 and Amazon ebook: $10.99.

Amazon description: As Houston's beloved KPRC weatherman for more than 20 years, Frank Billingsley seems like a relative to many people. His optimistic presence come into their homes and reassures that even the gloomiest of rainclouds probably has a silver lining. He has such a way with people that it is obvious that he comes by his sunny, outgoing demeanor naturally.

Billingsley always wondered if he got his personality, his bright blue eyes, or his love of people from his mother or his father. But he was adopted, so he never knew. Swabbed & Found is the fascinating story of how he combined cutting-edge DNA tests and genealogical programs in combination with his investigative skills to put the pieces of his family tree in order. Along the way he discovered that people are not always who they seem, or even who they think they are. Each time he would think that he had come to a dead end, he found himself helped by a new friend or a newly discovered relative, until finally, he was able to find the family he had wondered about for his whole life.


The Lies That Bind: An Adoptee's Journey Through Rejection, Redirection, DNA, and Discovery, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Laureen Pittman, published 2019. Available as Paperback: $7.99 and Amazon ebook: $1.99.

Amazon description: A universal tale of love, rejection, redemption, and acceptance - and the heartache and healing that come with it.

Born in a California women's prison in 1963, Laureen Pittman was relinquished for adoption. As a child, Laureen was conditioned to believe that being adopted didn't matter. So, It didn't ... until it did.

Through scraps of information, Laureen stitched together her history - one that started in the psychedelic sixties and ended up in a future where DNA could solve mysteries. She never imagined that spitting into a plastic tube, along with painstaking research and the explosion of technology would reveal the answers to her identity.

Laureen's tale is for anyone who has ever questioned who they are, where they came from, or how they fit in. Her journey to find her truth illustrates the strength and power of our need for connection, belonging, and healing through knowledge.


The Stranger in My Genes: A Memoir, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Bill Griffeth, published 2016. Available as Hardcover: $29.95 and Amazon ebook: $14.39.

Amazon description: Bill Griffeth, longtime genealogy buff, takes a DNA test that has an unexpected outcome: "If the results were correct, it means that the family tree I had spent years documenting was not my own." Bill undertakes a quest to solve the mystery of his origins, which shakes his sense of identity. As he takes us on his journey, we learn about choices made by his ancestors, parents, and others, and we see Bill measure and weigh his own difficult choices as he confronts the past.


All About You: An Adopted Child's Memoir, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Liz Butler Duren, published 2017. Available as Paperback $13.43 and Amazon ebook: $5.99.

Amazon description: This isn't just another story about a search for a birth mother. This is a story about secrets and lies and the lengths people will go to protect a grand Southern family name from scandal. It's a story about tireless perseverance in claiming a meaningful life when your very birth seemed to be a cause for shame. Where secrets are buried deeper than the family silver when Yankees came a callin'. But mostly, it's proof that Soap Opera plot lines and real life have WAY more in common than we are willing to admit (except for that whole coming back from the dead part ...). I lived in a world of wild imagination fueled by long stretches of childhood boredom, so what else was I going to do but keep the endless storyline going until the truth finally came out and we cried mascara-stained tears. 


The Foundling: The True Story of a Kidnapping, A Family Secret, and My Search for the Real Me, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Paul Joseph Fronczak, published 2018. Available as Hardcover: $33.62, Paperback: $14.59 and Amazon ebook: $13.99. 

Amazon description: This is the inspiring and "page-turning" true story of Paul Fronczak, a man who recently discovered that he had been kidnapped as a baby - and how his quest to find out who he really is upturned the genealogy industry, his own family, and set in motion the second longest cold-case in US history.

In 1964, a woman pretending to be a nurse kidnapped an infant boy named Paul Fronczak from a Chicago hospital.

Two years later, police found a boy abandoned outside a variety store in New Jersey. The FBI tracked down Dora Fronczak, the kidnapped infant's mother, and she identified the abandoned boy as her son. The family spent the next fifty years believing they were whole again - but Paul was always unsure about his true identity.

Then, four years ago - spurred on by the birth of his first child, Emma Faith - Paul took a DNA test. The test revealed that he was definitely not Paul Fronczak. From that moment on, Paul has been on a tireless mission to find the man whose life he's been living - and to discover who abandoned him, and why.

Poignant and inspiring, The Foundling is a story about a child lost and a faith found, about the permanence of families and the bloodlines that define you, and about the emotional toll of both losing your identity and rediscovering who you truly are.

Webmaster Note: Paul Fronzak's story is an on-going investigation into his identity. Find updates about Paul's personal journey at his blog: https://www.foundlingpaul.com/blog


My Secret: The true story of one woman's adoption discovery and search, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Joanne E. Sayre, published 2016. Available as Paperback: $10.00 and Kindle ebook: $5.99.

Amazon description: What if you found out that you were adopted and everything you thought you knew about your family, your security, was shattered? My Secret is about my 40 year quest for truth about who I am. But, more than that, this story is about overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve a goal. My book begins when I was 7 and my 10 year-old male cousin proclaimed, "I don't have to be nice to you 'cause you're really not my cousin anyways. You're ADOPTED." I confronted my narcissistic mother with my revelation and she became furious. I soon learned that I was different, less than, and not to speak of it again. I was born in 1952 and began my search in 1973 when I turned 21. My undaunted determination led me from private detectives, online sources and social agencies to covert missions like trying to collect an aunt's DNA sample at a family gathering. The hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where I was born was torn down and all birth records before 1964 destroyed. I have no original birth certificate on file. There were rumors, innuendos, false leads and small steps forward and backward. This is a true story and I believe readers will be drawn in by the intimacy of the journey. There are many books available on adoption, but I believe my book to be unique. There is a happy ending. Before any journey begins, one must be prepared to find the truth.


Healing the Family Heart Holes: A Genealogical Quest to Solve an Illegal Adoption Mystery Using DNA, Old Records, and Irish Luck, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Robin Gerry, published 2019. Available as Paperback: $9.95 and Kindle ebook: $7.50.

Amazon description: This book is the personal story of how one woman traced back her maternal family history to discover the true circumstances of her mother's illegal "adoption". Using DNA, genealogical research, the kindness of new found relatives and a willingness to keep cross referencing hundreds and hundreds of new family names and locations, the story unfolded within a historical context. It became a genealogical adventure with an honest to God princess, allegations of Islamic terrorism, an Irish bog man, movie stars, old kings of Ireland, as well as poor farmers, blacksmiths and saloon keepers. But primarily it was a story of discovering the power of raw endurance and survival in the face of overwhelming horror. And understanding the strength of carrying on after the trauma of oppression, famine, and war. It is the saga of intergenerational Irish and German immigration, family tragedy and triumph. The story reminds us of how understanding what happened within our own family history can have on healing our own hearts. It can be a beginners guide to start thinking about how to figure out your own family story.

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The Asylum, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, published 2018. Available as Kindle ebook: $2.99.

Amazon description: The job presented to forensic genealogist, Morton Farrier, ought to have been simple and easy. But the surprise discovery of an additional marriage to his client's father leads Morton on an enquiry, revolving around a mysterious death in the county asylum. Requiring his various investigative genealogical skills, Morton must work to unravel this complex eighty-year-old secret and finally reveal the truth to his client.

This is the first story in the Morton Farrier genealogical crime mystery series. There are a further eight books in this series.


Hiding the Past (The Forensic Genealogist series - Book 1)(please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, published 2014. Available as Paperback: $12.89 and Kindle ebook: $5.29.

Amazon description: Peter Coldrick had no past; that was the conclusion by years of personal research. Then he employed the services of one Morton Farrier, forensic genealogist - a stubborn, determined man who uses whatever means necessary to uncover the past.

With the Coldrick Case, Morton faces his toughest and most dangerous assignment yet, where all of his investigative and genealogical skills are put to the test. However, others are also interested in the Coldrick family, people who will stop at nothing, including murder, to hide the past.

As Morton begins to unearth his client's mysterious past, he is forced to confront his own family's dark history, a history which he knows little about.


The Lost Ancestor (The Forensic Genealogist series - Book 2), (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, published 2014. Available as Paperback: $12.99 and Kindle ebook: $5.99.

Amazon description: When Morton is called upon by Ray Mercer to investigate the 1911 disappearance of his great aunt, a housemaid working in a large Edwardian country house, he has no idea of the perilous journey into the past that he is about to make. Morton must use his not inconsiderable genealogical skills to solve the mystery of Mary Mercer's disappearance, in the face of the dangers posed by those others who are determined to end his investigation at any cost.

This is the second book in the Morton Farrier genealogical crime mystery series, although it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.


The Orange Lilies: A Morton Farrier novella (The Forensic Genealogist series - Book 3)(please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, published 2014. Available as Paperback: $6.99 and Kindle ebook: $3.89.

Amazon description: Morton Farrier has spent his entire career as a forensic genealogist solving other people's family history secrets, all the while knowing so little of his very own family's mysterious past. However, this poignant Christmas novella sees Morton's skills put to use much closer to home, as he must confront his own past, present and future through events both present-day and one hundred years ago. It seems that not every soldier saw a truce on the Western Front that 1914 Christmas.

This is the third book in the Morton Farrier genealogical crime mystery series, although it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.


The American Ground (The Forensic Genealogist series - Book 4), (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, published 2016. Available as Paperback: $12.99 and Kindle ebook: $5.99.

Amazon description: Morton Farrier, the esteemed English forensic genealogist, had cleared a space in his busy schedule to track down his own elusive father finally. But he is then presented with a case that challenges his research skills in his quest to find the killer of a woman murdered more than one hundred and eighty years ago.

Thoughts of his own family history are quickly and violently pushed to one side as Morton rushes to complete his investigation before other sinister elements succeed in derailing the case.

This is the third book in the Morton Farrier genealogical crime mystery series, although it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.


The Spyglass File (The Forensic Genealogist series - Book 5)(please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, published 2016. Available as Paperback: $12.99 and Kindle ebook: $5.99.

Amazon description: Morton Farrier was no longer at the top of his game. His forensic genealogy career was faltering and he was refusing to accept any new cases, preferring instead to concentrate on locating his own elusive biological father. Yet, when a particular case presents itself, that of finding the family of a woman abandoned in the midst of the Battle of Britain, Morton is compelled to help her to unravel her past. Using all of his genealogical skills, he soon discovers that the case is connected to The Spyglass File - a secretive document which throws up links which threaten to disturb the wrongdoings of others, who would rather its contents, as well as their actions, remain hidden forever.

This is the fifth book in the Morton Farrier genealogical crime mystery series, although it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.


The Missing Man: A Morton Farrier novella (The Forensic Genealogist series - Book 6), (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, published 2017. Available as Paperback: $7.99 and Kindle ebook: $4.29.

Amazon description: It was to be the most important case of Morton Farrier's career in forensic genealogy so far. A case that had eluded him for many years: finding his own father. Harley 'Jack' Jacklin disappeared just six days after a fatal fire at his Cape Cod home on Christmas Eve in 1976, leaving no trace behind. Now his son, Morton must travel to the East Coast of America to unravel the family's dark secrets in order to discover what happened to him.

This is the sixth book in the Morton Farrier genealogical crime mystery series, although it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.


The Wicked Trade (The Forensic Genealogist series - Book 7)(please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, published 2018. Available as Paperback: $13.49 and Kindle ebook: $5.99.

Amazon description: When Morton Farrier is presented with a case revolving around a mysterious letter written by disreputable criminal, Ann Fothergill in 1827, he quickly finds himself delving into a shadowy Georgian underworld of smuggling and murder on the Kent and Sussex border. Morton must use his skills as a forensic genealogist to untangle Ann's association with the notorious Aldington Gang and also with the brutal killing of Quartermaster Richard Morgan. As his research continues, Morton suspects that his client's family might have more troubling and dangerous expectations of his findings.

This is the seventh book in the Morton Farrier genealogical crime mystery series, although it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.


The Sterling Affair (The Forensic Genealogist series - Book 8)(please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, published 2020. Available as Paperback: $15.99 and Kindle ebook: $5.99.

Amazon description: When an unannounced stranger comes calling at Morton Farrier's front door, he finds himself faced with the most intriguing and confounding case of his career to-date as a forensic genealogist. He agrees to accept the contract to identify a man who had been secretly living under the name of his new client's long-deceased brother. Morton must use his range of resources and research skills to help him deconstruct this mysterious man's life. ultimately leading him back into the murky world of 1950s international affairs of state. Meanwhile, Morton is faced with his own alarmingly close DNA match which itself comes with far-reaching implications for the Farriers.

This is the eighth novel in the Morton Farrier genealogical crime mystery series of ten stories, although it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.


The Lie: When DNA Reveals the Family Secret, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Heather Dawn Gray, published 2019. Available as Paperback: $12.33 and Kindle ebook: $2.99.

Amazon description: For readers of Richard Hill's Finding Family or Ann Heffron's You Don't Look Adopted, comes a tension-filled genealogy novel that will keep you up at night, and have you questioning your own ancestry long after the last page is turned. Jahana's world is thrown into chaos by the unexpected results of a DNA test. With scant clues, and a fear of what will happen if her husband discovers who she really is, Jahana faces the daunting task of exposing the family secret one strand of DNA at a time. She'd like to keep the lie buried, but she can't. It's too big to ignore. 


In the Blood (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery, Book 1)(please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Steve Robinson, published 2014. Available as Paperback: $11.99 and Amazon ebook: $4.99.

Amazon description: Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.

In the Blood combines a centuries-old mystery with a present-day thriller that brings two people from opposite sides of the Atlantic together to uncover a series of carefully hidden crimes. Tayte's research centers around the tragic life of a young Cornish girl, a writing box, and the discovery of a dark secret that he believes will lead him to the family he is looking for. Trouble is, someone else is looking for the same answers and will stop at nothing to find them.


To the Grave (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery, Book 2)(please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Steve Robinson, published 2014. Available as Paperback: $11.99 and Amazon ebook: $4.99.

Amazon description: A curiously dated child's suitcase arrives, unannounced and unexplained, in a modern-day Washington suburb. A week later, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is sitting in an English hotel room, staring at the wrong end of a loaded gun.

In his latest journey into the past, Tayte lands in wartime Leicestershire, England. The genealogist had hoped simply to reunite his client with the birth mother she had never met, having no idea she had been adopted. Instead, he uncovers the tale of a young girl and an American serviceman from the US 82nd Airborne, and a stolen wartime love affair that went tragically wrong.

With To the Grave, Steve Robinson confirms his status as a master of the taut and delicately constructed historical thriller.


The Last Queen of England (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery, Book 3)(please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Steve Robinson, published 2014. Available as Paperback: $11.99 and Amazon ebook: $5.49.

Amazon description: While on a visit to London, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte's old friend and colleague dies in his arms. Before long, Tayte and a truth-seeking historian, Professor Jean Summer, find themselves following a corpse-ridden trail that takes them to the Royal Society of London, circa 1708.

What to make of the story of five men of science, colleagues of Isaac Newton and Christopher Wren, who were mysteriously hanged for high treason?

As they edge closer to the truth, Tayte and the professor find that death is once again in season. A new killer, bent on restoring what he sees as the true, royal bloodline, is on the loose ... as is a Machiavellian heir-hunter who senses that the latest round of murder, kidnapping, and scandal represents an unmissable business opportunity.

The Last Queen of England is a racing thriller with a heart-stopping conclusion. It is the third book in the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.


The Lost Empress (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery, Book 4)(please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Steve Robinson, published 2014. Available as Paperback: $11.99 and Amazon ebook: $5.99.

Amazon description: On a foggy night in 1914, the ocean liner Empress of Ireland sank en route between Canada and England. The disaster saw a loss of life comparable to the Titantic and the Lusitania, and yet her tragedy has been forgotten.

When genealogist Jefferson Tayte is shown a locket belonging to one of the Empress's victims, a British admiral's daughter named Alice Stilwell, he must travel to England to understand the course of events that led to her death.

Tayte is expert in tracking killers across centuries. In The Lost Empress, his unique talents draw him to one of the greatest tragedies in maritime history as he unravels the truth behind Alice's death amidst a backdrop of pre-WWI espionage.

This is the fourth book in the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.


Kindred (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery, Book 5)(please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Steve Robinson, published 2016. Available as Paperback: $11.99 and Amazon ebook: $5.99.

Amazon description: Jefferson Tayte is good at finding people who don't want to be found. For years he has followed faint genealogical trails to reunite families - and uncover long-hidden secrets. But Tayte is a loner, a man with no ties of his own; his true identity is the most elusive case of his career.

But that could all be about to change. Now Tayte has in his possession the beginnings of a new trail - clues his late mentor had started to gather - that might at last lead to his own family. With Professor Jean Summer, his partner in genealogical sleuthing, he travels to Munich to pick up the scent. But the hunt takes them deep into dangerous territory: the sinister secrets of World War II Germany, and those who must keep them buried at any cost.

When their investigations threaten to undermine a fascist organization, Tayte and Summer know time is running out. Can they find their way to the dark heart of a deadly history before they become its latest victims?

This is the fifth book in the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.


Dying Games (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery, Book 6)(please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Steve Robinson, published 2017. Available as Paperback: $11.99 and Amazon ebook: $5.99.

Amazon description: Washington, DC: Twin brothers are found drowned in a Perspex box, one gagged and strapped to a chair. It's the latest in a series of cruel and elaborate murders with two things in common: the killer has left a family history chart at each crime scene, and the victims all have a connection to genealogical sleuth Jefferson Tayte.

Hoping his insight and expertise will help solve the case, the FBI summon Tayte back to the capital. But as he struggles to crack the clues, the killer strikes again - and again. Tayte is known as the best in the business, but this time he's up against a genealogical mastermind who always seems to be one step ahead.

With the clock ticking and the body count rising, Tayte finds himself racked with guilt, his reputation and career in tatters. The Killer is running rings around him, is it only a matter of time before he comes for the ultimate target?

This is the sixth book in the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.


Letters from the Dead (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery, Book 7), (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by Steve Robinson, published 2018. Available as Paperback: $9.84 and Amazon ebook: $4.99.

Amazon description: When genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to prove the identity of a black sheep in his client's family tree, he unwillingly finds himself drawn into a murder investigation with nothing more to go on than a 150-year-old letter and a connection to a legendary ruby that has been missing for generations.

As more letters are mysteriously left for him, Tayte becomes immersed in a centuries-old tale of greed, murder and forbidden love that takes his research from the wilds of the Scottish Highlands to the color and heat of colonial India.

A dark secret is buried in Jaipur, steeped in treachery and scandal. But why is it having such deadly repercussions in the present? Can Tayte find the ruby and prevent the past from repeating itself before it's too late?

This is the seventh book in the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series but it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.


Trace, (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by John Ahrens, published 2019. Available as Paperback: $10.99 and Amazon ebook: $2.99.

Amazon description: Edutainment: Learn about genetic genealogy and DNA testing through storytelling. Heather Schmidt, a college student in Michigan, took a DNA test with Ancestry.com to learn about her ethnicity. She finds herself connected to another student a thousand miles away in Atlanta named Anthony LaGuerre. Together they embark on an adventure through history and across the globe as they uncover their common ancestry. Along the way they meet other distant cousins with whom they begin to reveal the story of a family going back to the 17th Century. This novel weaves together a fictional story of distant relatives finding their common roots, despite their many differences and prejudices. At the same time, the reader learns more about genetic genealogy and DNA testing, and about how the world began to change in 1600s as trade became globalized.


The Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mysteries: Books 1-3 (Jayne Sinclair Genealogy Mystery Box Set), (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by MJ Lee, published 2017. Available as Amazon ebook: $9.99.

Amazon description: A thrilling saga of love, war, greed and revenge. Sometimes, digging up the past reveals more than secrets. Featuring Jayne Sinclair, genealogical detective.



Maze Investigations - The Genealogy Detectives (4 book series), (please click on title or book cover for additional information or to purchase - paid link), by M.K. Jones. Available as Amazon ebook: $21.31.

Amazon description: Maggie Gilbert and her children, Jack and Alice, live a pretty normal life. That is, until Maggie starts looking into her family tree. In doing so, she uncovers a dark mystery that endangers her children. She has to solve a mystery in the past, if she is to save her family in the present.

This four book series is a supernatural mystery set in South Wales. It draws on real historical details. 

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