Are you a novel-lover? Do you think Genealogy is just dry names and dates? Check out some of these fictional works with genealogical themes. I think you will be looking for more….
1. Anya Seton, The Winthrop Woman
“In 1631 Elizabeth Winthrop, newly widowed with an infant daughter, set sail for the New World. Against a background of rigidity and conformity she dared to befriend Anne Hutchinson at the moment of her banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony; dared to challenge a determined army captain bent on the massacre of her friends the Siwanoy Indians; and, above all, dared to love a man as her heart and her whole being commanded. And so, as a response to this almost unmatched courage and vitality, Governor John Winthrop came to refer to this woman in the historical records of the time as his “unregenerate niece”.”
Source: Book description on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Winthrop-Woman-Anya-Seton/dp/054422292X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1463423809&sr=1-1&keywords=winthrop+woman : accessed May 2016)
2. Dan Waddell, Blood Atonement
“Genealogist Nigel Barnes's second case leads him into the dark heart of the Mormon church and a gruesome, century-old secret.
Detective Chief Inspector Grant Foster is called to a homicide at the home of a single mother in Queens Park, London. Her throat has been cut from ear to ear and her body dumped in the garden. Her daughter and only child, Naomi, who has just turned fourteen that day, is missing. As the hours tick by, the feeling grows among Foster's colleagues that this is most likely becoming a double-murder inquiry. With nothing in the present to indicate a motive, Foster decides to delve into the dead woman's past only to find out she does not have one. He calls on genealogist Nigel Barnes. The trail takes Barnes back to late Victorian England where it abruptly ends with a young couple who came from the United States to England. Nigel's quest takes him on trip through the violent history of the Mormon church as he and Foster race to solve a shameful, long-kept secret that is about to have bloody repercussions in the present, and for which someone is seeking vengeance.”
Source: Book description on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0312378912/ref=rdr_ext_sb_ti_sims_1 : accessed May 2016)
3. Lauren Groff, The Monsters of Templeton
“In the wake of a wildly disastrous affair with her married archaeology professor, Willie Upton arrives on the doorstep of her ancestral home in storybook Templeton, New York, looking to hide in the one place to which she swore she'd never come back. As soon as she arrives, though, a prehistoric monster surfaces in Lake Glimmerglass, changing the very fabric of the town. What's more, Willie's hippie-turned-born-again-Baptist mother, Vi, tells her a secret she's been hiding for nearly thirty years: that Willie's father wasn't the random man from a free-love commune that Vi had led her to imagine, but someone else entirely. Someone from this very town. As Willie puts her archaeological skills to work digging for the truth about her lineage, she discovers that the secrets of her family run deep when past and present blur, dark mysteries come to light, and the shocking truth about more than one monster is revealed.”
Source: Book description on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Monsters-Templeton-Lauren-Groff/dp/140134092X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1463424936&sr=1-1&keywords=the+monsters+of+templeton : accessed May 2016).
4. Rhett MacPherson, Family Skeletons
“In Rhett MacPherson's Family Skeletons, as resident genealogist, historian, tour guide, and occasional amateur snoop, Victory "Torie" O'Shea can be found anywhere in the historic German town of New Kassel, Missouri--mixing fudge, giving tours, tracing family trees, and even investigating murder...
When shop-owner Norah Zumwalt asks Torie for help in piecing together her family lineage to find her missing father, Torie cheerfully agrees. But before Torie delivers her results, Norah is brutally murdered. Now Torie must use her formidable skills at prying into the past--and the human heart--to solve a case of passionate secrets and betrayal. But as the Mississippi floods, she may be in deep trouble when evidence of another killing surfaces--and Torie comes face to face with a family skeleton that will chill her to the bone.”
Source: Book description on Amazon.com (https://www.amazon.com/Family-Skeletons-Missouri-Genealogist-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00PP6IKTC?ie=UTF8&keywords=family%20skeletons&qid=1463425132&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1 : accessed May 2016).
And, recommended by some genealogical colleagues, but still on my “to-read” list:
Steve Robinson – The Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series
The Lost Empress
The Last Queen of England
Do you have any recommendations?
I love genealogy and family stories. Check back periodically to see what I'm thinking about. And, please feel free to leave comments and suggestions.