Where do I come from? That question leads Ryan Littrell to country graveyards, to faded names in old books, and then to a DNA shock. And as one hint follows the next, he uncovers the story of his Scottish ancestors--a story of heartbreak, betrayal, and unfailing strength.
Reunion explores 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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!