Great Ancestor Hunt

Lila Perl, Author Clarion Books $16 (104p) ISBN 978-0-89919-745-6
The subtitle of Perl's engrossing genealogy handbook seems entirely accurate: in a thoroughly readable style, she does indeed make searching out one's lineage fun. From the first chapter, ``Who Cares About Great-Uncle Edgar,'' through to an appendix with the thought-provoking title ``Digging Deeper,'' Perl makes delving into one's roots an intriguing project. She enumerates reasons people should be concerned about their forebears; she provides origins of names, a brief background of the census process, a look at immigration over the past hundred years and many other revealing aspects of genealogical research. The book's many historical photographs speak as eloquently as Perl's text; the cover shot, the deck of an over-crowded immigrant ship teeming with hopeful, upturned faces, is particularly moving. Charts, period advertisements and an illustrated time-line add further allure. This informative book should inspire many young readers to research their own personal history. Ages 9-up. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1989
Release date: 10/01/1989
Paperback - 104 pages - 978-0-395-54790-8
Prebound-Glued - 112 pages - 978-0-8335-5960-9
Prebound-Other - 978-0-606-28921-4
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