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Register for CSI-Genealogy, New Institute in Illinois Next May


I must apologize to my readers as I thought I had posted about the new Carl Sandburg Institute of Genealogy (CSI-Genealogy) that will be held in Galesburg, Illinois, May 28 to June 1, 2015.  Apparently, I did not, so here’s the scoop.

Over the course of 4-1/2 days, attendees attend a variety of classes/lectures specific to the track they choose.  The four tracks that are available are:

If you click on the link for the tracks, you can see the list of classes/lectures that are included.

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Book Review – Where’s Merrill?

Title:  Where’s Merrill?

Author:  Gearoid O’Neary

Format:  Paperback and Kindle

Published:  2013

Synopsis:  (partial, from Amazon)  Where’s Merrill? is a uniquely crafted mystery thriller based upon real life historical events. In fact, it is two inter-related stories in one novel set in different time-frames, namely the past and the present. An Irish genealogist called Jed is commissioned by Tim, an American client, who needs to understand more about his mysterious maternal ancestry. Fate had dictated that Tim never got the chance to meet his grandparents, and he didn’t even know the name of his mother’s father. She refused to tell Tim, even on her death bed. Why? That was a question which troubled Tim as he witnessed his mother’s melancholy throughout his adult life, and after her death he resolves to find some answers – and some peace of mind. A web of worrying deceit woven by Tim’s ancestors is gradually unraveled. Once hidden family secrets are exposed, Jed turns from genealogist into cold case detective as he comes to the conclusion that multiple criminal misdeeds have been covered up … but where is Merrill?

My Rating: 

Similar to other genealogical mysteries, including those by Steve Robinson and Nathan Dylan Goodwin, Where’s Merrill? has two storylines: one in the present and one in the past.  The difference however, is that this book’s past storyline bounces around the time continuum, sometimes making it hard to follow along.  I know it was deliberately presented this way, based on the actual progression of the research, but wonder if it would have read better if told in a linear manner.

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Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery Series Continues With Another Great Book

Just finished reading the book The Lost Empress, the fourth in the series of Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries by British author Steven Robinson.  My love of this series, and the author, started in 2011 when I read the first book in the series, In the Blood.

The main character of the series, Jefferson Tayte, is a professional American genealogist, who always seems to have a genealogical case that involves mystery and mayhem.  Each book is set predominantly in England, but American readers love the series nonetheless.

Robinson writes great stories, that weave the present and the past together to tell a wonderful genealogical tale.  I love his style of writing, his storylines, and trying to solve the mysteries.

If you like a good mystery with a genealogy twist, I highly recommend this series.  There is an underlying storyline that starts in the first book, so you might want to read them in order, although it isn’t necessary at this time (I think the next book will start to unravel that storyline a lot more).

You can purchase all four books on Amazon, in either paperback or Kindle editions.