In The Invisible History of the Human Race author Christine Kenneally has written an engaging story of how DNA, history, culture and environment have all come together to make each of us unique. Readers will appreciate the great storytelling that Kenneally offers whether it is related to Australian convict records, to DNA testing methodologies, or to how the Mormons grew to become so involved with genealogy.
What the author has crafted is a narrative of approachable science especially since advances in DNA testing and research have occurred so rapidly over the past 15 years. Kenneally’s chapters discussing Huntington’s Disease, Tay-Sachs Disease and the Melungeons stand out and get the reader to understand the ramifications of DNA testing today and in the future. The author gets at the heart of what we pass down from generation to generation and how DNA testing can now help us better understand not just the genetic code, but other influences such as environment, diet, culture and more.
For those who’ve been in the genealogy community for the past five to ten years, you will recognize many of the names mentioned in the book. Kenneally attended several genealogy conferences around the world, including RootsTech, as part of the research process. While I am familiar with the work and writings of these experts, it is always nice to see their offerings made available to those new to genealogy and DNA, one of the targeted audiences of The Invisible History of the Human Race.
If you have friends and family who don’t understand your obsession with genealogy and now your new obsession with DNA, The Invisible History of the Human Race would make the perfect gift, especially with the upcoming holiday season.
The Invisible History of the Human Race offers a first rate lesson in the history of genealogy, genetics and DNA for the lay reader. If I were to recommend this book to a friend, I’d say “Come for the DNA lesson and stay for the great overview of history and science that has made you that unique person that you are right here and right now.”
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