Release Date: November 10, 2020
ISBN: 9781632280695
eISBN: 9781632281258

Ancestry Quest: How Stories from the Past Can Heal the Future

by Mary Beth Sammons

What makes us who we are? What combination of history, genes, ancestry and experience defines us? Commercial DNA testing and Web sites like and and TV shows like “Who Do You Think You Are,” and “Finding Your Roots” are exploding in popularity and offering answers for the curious. Where did my ancestors come from? To whom am I biologically related? Ultimately, we all want the answer to the question who am I? Ancestry Quest: How Stories of the Past Heal the Future shares the remarkable journeys of these real-life persons who delved deeper into their family mysteries.

It seems everywhere we turn these days; someone is talking about someone whose co-worker or cashier at the coffee shop just found out some kind of shocking discovery about the family they thought they had, but now is radically different. The book includes the stories of people who have made the decision that could alter their futures – or really their past. It may start as a just-for-fun DNA test, but ultimately those who are spitting in tubes and sending them off in the mail share a common goal: They want to know what they are made of. Many have uncovered, quite by accident, that their family isn’t quite what they thought. These moving and thoughtful stories take readers on a rollercoaster of emotions and resonate for all who are exploring their histories to answer the question: “Why am I who I am? The journeys are dramatically different - sad and happy all at once, promising to redefine family in a way that is more honest and relevant. These heart-warming and wrenching, intimate and inspiring stories are about the lessons learned along the way in search of the truth.

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About the author Mary Beth Sammons

MARY BETH SAMMONS is an award-winning journalist and author whose work appears in Family Circle, the Chicago Tribune's lifestyle section, and on various health and wellness websites. She is grateful to be welcomed into the lives of those she writes about who are experiencing the ups and downs of handling life, parenting, and caregiving. Mary Beth is the author of seven books, including We Carry Each Other: Getting Through Life's...

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