Weis, Frederick Lewis. Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700: Lineages from Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and other Historical Individuals.

With additions and corrections by William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall. 8th ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004. xxi, 359p. [Formerly Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650.]

First published in 1950, Weis improves with each new edition. There’s hardly a noble family in Europe west of the Dnieper River that does not appear in this book. The plan is straightforward: Line 1 (of nearly 400) begins with Cerdic, King of the West Saxons, and follows his descendants, step by step, down to Capt. Edward Pelham of Newport, Rhode Island, who died in 1730.

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Clunies, Sandra Maclean. A Family Affair: How to Plan and Direct the Best Family Reunion Ever.

Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 2003. 227p., softcover. Index, illus. $19.99. ISBN 1-4016-0020-4.

Family reunions are not, for many of us, as basic a part of family research as they might be, and books on the subject usually reflect that. If most of your relatives still live within a day’s drive, you probably see them regularly and an annual picnic is almost a routine event, dedicated to introducing new offspring and remembering the recently deceased. If your family is scattered all over the country, as is true of probably a majority of the American population these days, a reunion becomes a special event with a significant outlay in time and money for both planners and attendees, but the activities are still largely the same. But Sandy Clunies, a Certified Genealogist and frequent speaker at the national level, is a very experienced family researcher and past winner of the NGS Family History Writing Contest, so her interest here is primarily in the role of genealogy at the family reunion. How could any attentive researcher pass up the chance to graze among all those memories and experiences brought together for a few days in one place?

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