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Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Fascinating Reading

    I am a genealogist as well as an archaeology & history buff so this book was right up my alley! Readers like me, who are not trained in biology or science, are able to understand the very complex subject of DNA with Bryan Sykes' fascinating blend of genetics, history & science. He sets a vivid scene for the peopling of the British Isles throughout the millenia, and then adeptly follows through to modern-day descendants in the Isles and around the world and how their ancestral DNA has carried down through the generations. The advent of using DNA in family history research has been a big boon to researching one's roots, and there has been a need for an entertaining explanation of DNA, how it works, how we inherit the traits we have & then pass them on to our descendants. Bryan not only is informative, he is an engaging writer. The book is laced with historical detail and the fascinating story of the DNA carried within us that we inherited from our ancient & modern ancestors, no matter where our ancestors hailed from.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    Hard to put it down once you start

    This book is an outstanding book that explains genetic DNA respective to Saxons, Vikings, and Celts and their periods throughout Europe as well as the islands. Highly recommend this book to those interested in Geneology. With this book I was able to determine my paternal ancestry to be either Hiberno-Norman (Norman-Irish) or a descendent of the MacMurchada Clan Gaelic Irish). Irish Pedigrees has similar input as well and I have traced my paternal ancesters back to Northeastern Ireland as far back as 1560, before that is unfounded at this time. My ancestors change the Surname to Morell for reasons of persecution for political and religious reasons and because of the name MacMurchada who was cursed by many Irish. You will have to read a book on MacMurchada to find out why.

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