Jones, Henry Z., Jr. Psychic Roots: Serendipity & Intuition in Genealogy.

 

CLASSIC REVIEW

 

Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1993. 236p., softcover. Index, illus. $18.95. ISBN 0-8063-1388-7.

Hank Jones spent twenty years in movies, especially Disney films, and that freed him up later on to pursue his genealogical interests, both as an author and as a well-known national conference speaker — for both of which he received the NGS Award of Merit.

He’s best known not only as the expert on the Palatine German immigrants, but also for this volume (the first of two) about the influence of coincidence, intuition, and serendipity in family research. We’ve all experienced it: The nagging feeling that you really need to venture up into a strange courthouse attic, no matter how dark it is; the discovery that the person sitting next to you on your flight to Salt Lake is your previously unknown fourth cousin; the search through a cemetery for a particular grave that unexpectedly turns up a completely different branch of the family you had no idea was there. (All three of those examples have occurred in my own immediate family, by the way.) The author relates his own brushes with the preternatural and brings together the similar experiences of several dozen other researchers, including such well known figures as Carl Boyer, William Filby, Charles Hansen, Helen Leary, Joan Kirchman Mitchell, Marsha Hoffman Rising, Christine Rose, Eugene Stratton, Neil Thompson, and Winston De Ville.

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