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Journeys Home : Inspiring Stories, Plus Tips and Strategies to Find Your Family History
by Andrew McCarthy and Joyce Maynard and Pico Iyer and Diane Johnson


Overview - Addressing the explosive growth in ancestral travel, this compelling narrative combines intriguing tales of discovery with tips on how to begin your own explorations. Actor and award-winning travel writer Andrew McCarthy s featured story recounts his recent quest to uncover his family s Irish history, while twenty-five other prominent writers tell their own heartfelt stories of connection.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Addressing the explosive growth in ancestral travel, this compelling narrative combines intriguing tales of discovery with tips on how to begin your own explorations. Actor and award-winning travel writer Andrew McCarthy s featured story recounts his recent quest to uncover his family s Irish history, while twenty-five other prominent writers tell their own heartfelt stories of connection. Spanning the globe, these stories offer personal takes on journeying home, whether the authors are actively seeking long-lost relatives, meeting up with seldom-seen family members, or perhaps just visiting the old country to get a feel for their roots. Sidebars and a hefty resource section provide tips and recommendations on how to go about your own research, and a foreword by the Genographic Project s Spencer Wells sets the scene. Stunning images, along with family heirlooms, old photos, recipes, and more, round out this unique take on the genealogical research craze."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781426213816
  • ISBN-10: 1426213816
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publish Date: February 2015
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.25 pounds


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TRACING YOUR ROOTS
There’s a dramatic boom in our culture for genealogical and geographical family research these days, with many services available for tracking down your family’s history and place of origin. National Geographic has gathered a fabulous company of distinguished authors and journalists to present their personal genealogical quests in Journeys Home. Remember Andrew McCarthy from the flicks St. Elmo’s Fire and Pretty in Pink? Since then, he’s become a distinguished travel writer. He details his own Irish odyssey here—the featured essay in this inspiring book. Twenty-five other writers’ adventures span the entire globe, sometimes even within a single essay (from Angola to Virginia in one case, the Philippines to California in another). Included are well-known novelists Pico Iyer and Diane Johnson, a host of veteran writers for the magazine and National Geographic’s signature trove of spectacular photos. Looking to begin your own quest? Head to the section on “Geneology 101” for a step-by-step guide, plus plenty of expert travel tips for popular destinations.

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