Reunion: A Search for Ancestors

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Where do I come from? That question sets Ryan Littrell on a journey that crosses centuries, and leads to an ancestral homeland. An anonymous letter reveals the first clues about his family's origins, and soon those clues take him to country graveyards, long-lost cousins, and a shocking DNA discovery. And as one hint follows the next, he uncovers the story of his Scottish ancestors--a tale of heartbreak, betrayal, and unfailing strength. A real-life account, "Reunion" shows how our ancestors are still a part of ...
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Overview

Where do I come from? That question sets Ryan Littrell on a journey that crosses centuries, and leads to an ancestral homeland. An anonymous letter reveals the first clues about his family's origins, and soon those clues take him to country graveyards, long-lost cousins, and a shocking DNA discovery. And as one hint follows the next, he uncovers the story of his Scottish ancestors--a tale of heartbreak, betrayal, and unfailing strength. A real-life account, "Reunion" shows how our ancestors are still a part of us, and how a place across the ocean can almost feel like home.
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Editorial Reviews

Talk Story Press - Leslie Lang
"Littrell brings the reader along as he researches, travels, meets distant cousins, and uncovers the history of his family....'Reunion' is an interesting and well-written book."
National Historian, Clan Donald USA - Mark MacDonald
"I loved this book. Ryan writes with great emotion and love of family....His experience with newfound cousins in Scotland who are willing to sit and talk is completely consistent with my own experience. I'm asking my children and older grandchildren to read it ASAP."
Moultrie Creek Books - Denise Olson
"'Reunion: A Search for Ancestors' is a fascinating story that is hard to put down."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780988341005
  • Publisher: Ryan Littrell
  • Publication date: 10/15/2012
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 362,278
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Ryan Littrell grew up in Chatham, Illinois and graduated from Northwestern University, followed by Boston College Law School. He lives in New York City, and "Reunion" is his first book.

To find out more, please go to his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AuthorRyanLittrell) or his website (www.RyanLittrell.com).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Terrific read. I could not put this book down and likely will re

    Terrific read. I could not put this book down and likely will read it again. I loved how the author wove the history of the clan with his own investigation. A very different way of writing a family history. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    I loved this book. Ryan writes with great emotion and love of fa

    I loved this book. Ryan writes with great emotion and love of family.He does a great job of storytelling at his family level, of his genealogy search, and his personally moving retelling of the events leading to the Glencoe Massacre from the eyes of a contemporary clansman. His use of our Clan Donald genetic genealogy project to break through documentation barriers is a great description of how to integrate traditional methods with the new techniques of genetic genealogy. His experience with newfound cousins in Scotland who are willing to to sit and talk is completely consistent with my own experience. I'm asking my children and older grandchildren to read it ASAP.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2012

    What a writer! This book has a mesmerizing ability to combine hi

    What a writer! This book has a mesmerizing ability to combine history of Scotland, how-to-do genealogy research, and tell a story- all at the same time. Littrell has the ability to make one feel like they are in the Highlands, that you can see the surroundings that are there, and were there hundreds of years ago.

    One feels first hand how it feels to be a Clan member and see the connection of us in the 21st century to those in the 17th century. After this book is read, you will want to find more about your ancestors, to bring their stories into the present. Littrell does, in fact, show one how to do genealogy study by describing in story-like fashion how he went about putting the pieces together.

    Do yourself a favor- read this book, and discover your own family stories!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

    Excellent!!! I couldn't put it down!

    This well-written page turner has started me asking myself what my ancestors and their lives were like. What adventures, celebrations, tragedies did they experience? Some of my ancestry is already known, but some of it isn't and I'm eager now to start learning more about my family! Thanks, Ryan, for such a fabulous book!

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