by Henry Z Jones, Jr.
Psychic Roots is all about the influence of coincidence and
serendipity on genealogical research, the chance combination of events over
which the researcher has no control but which nevertheless guides him to a
fortuitous discovery. Certainly chance or dumb luck sometimes leads us straight
to a record kept in an improbable place, to an ancestor's second wife we didn't
know anything about, and so on. Is it luck? Coincidence? In this book, esteemed
genealogist Hank Jones tells us about his own brushes with preternatural
experiences, and he has invited other genealogists to share their experiences as
well; thus in these pages we have the insights of well over a hundred respected
ancestor hunters who discuss their experiences in light of synchronicity,
intuition, genetic memory, and serendipity. Their stories fairly crackle with
illumination and make a plausible case for the importance of the sixth sense in
"A highly enjoyable book that most genealogists will want
to read and talk about."--THE NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL
RECORD, Vol. 125, No. 1 (January 1994), p. 54.
"While 'doubting Thomases' may see a few of these stories as cliched or
mundane...other readers..,will find them a meaningful validation of their own
experiences."--THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER,
Vol. 151, (July 1997), p. 378.
"Psychic Roots puts us in touch with other genealogists and, for a
moment, we share with them reactions and responses to genealogical
research."--FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES FORUM, Vol. 5, No. 4
(Winter 1993), pp. 26-27.
Paperback, 236 pp., (1993) Reprint 2008
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