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Cottonwood Roots Hardcover – Sep 1 1993

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr (Sept. 1 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803229062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803229068
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,962,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In order to trace his genealogical roots, Luther (computer science, Sheridan Coll., Canada) has gone on a journey from Broken Bow, Nebraska, to the state of New York. The narrative of Luther's search for his ancestors is not a typical genealogical history but reflects the author's background in philosophy and computer science. Allusions to mathematical modeling, databases, actuarial tables, and probabilities delineate his point of view. While he touches on the births, lives, and deaths in his family, Luther also examines such varied topics as the Amish, Millerites, gene pools, and the Civil War. He writes about the popularity of genealogical research during the 1930s and 1940s in Buffalo: "Genealogists, it would seem, sometimes inhabit the same decadent, twilight space as philosophers." The metaphor of "cottonwood roots" refers to a family history at once stable and adjustable. Recommended for most libraries.
- Vicki L. Toy Smith, Univ. of Nevada, Reno
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"[This book] is like taking a long car ride with an extremely knowledgeable yet good-natured uncle, whose purpose in bringing you along on the trip was not just to enlist you in some ancestral sleuthing, but also to give you a seminar-on-wheels across a vast array of historical and sociological topics." Dayton Duncan, author of "Out West: An American Journey"--Dayton Duncan"

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