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Buzzy Jackson, author of Shaking the Family Tree
Historian Buzzy Jackson’s SHAKING THE FAMILY TREE: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist (Simon & Schuster: July 2010) offers a lively tour through the strange and fascinating subculture of genealogy buffs â€“ a quest that begins with questions about her own family tree, then takes her from the archives of the Mormon church, to a dedicated “genealogy cruise” and even into a lab for a DNA test — all to figure out why the pursuit of our past fascinates so many Americans.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Shaking the Family Tree?
Buzzy Jackson: I spent seven years getting a PhD in History from UC Berkeley and, during that time, students I taught often asked me why there weren’t more Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Buzzy Jackson, author of Shaking the Family Tree