Book Review: Family Tree Workbook by Brian Sheffey

Detail generations of your family’s unique history in one convenient workbook

Organizing your genealogical information is a snap with the Family Tree Workbook. This versatile workbook assists you in your research by providing a variety of forms, charts, and worksheets that help you categorize and track critical information. It also suggests ways to expand on the ancestral information you have already uncovered.

The companion book for Practical Genealogy, the Family Tree Workbook is also suited for your own independent investigations. Featuring everything from pedigree charts and DNA trackers to marriage records and family lore sheets, this family tree workbook offers an expansive approach and unmatched versatility when it comes to recording your family’s history.

The Family Tree Workbook includes:

  • Worksheet variety―Discover dozens of different ways to expand and explore your family tree―including forms that help with bookkeeping and managing your research.
  • Special documentation―This workbook is inclusive of all types of family histories thanks to specialty forms, migration maps, and blended family worksheets.
  • Treasured keepsake―Create a comprehensive history of your family that will make a wonderful and heartfelt heirloom for future generations.

No matter how your family tree has grown, this workbook will make it easy to trace your family’s growth.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read Practical Genealogy a couple of weeks ago and was excited when I was able to get the Family Tree Workbook by the same author. One of the things mentioned in Practical Genealogy is being organized, something I realized I need to do, and that’s exactly what the Family Tree Workbook does!

The workbook has over 30 worksheets for organizing information found about ancestors, notes, list of sources used, and much more. The worksheets are adaptable to fit individual needs. At the end, there’s a section on suggestions for when you’re stumped on an ancestor. I read through it, but I haven’t used it yet. I do have an ancestor that I’m stumped on, so I’m going to see if I can use these suggestions to find out more.

If you’re serious about working on your family tree, this workbook can be one of the best resources you use to help you stay organized. Believe me, organization is very important in genealogy!

About the Author

“I am the child of European royalty, America’s founding fathers, Native Americans, and enslaved Africans. The American chattel slavery system is literally encoded in my DNA.”
– BBC 2 Interview

An engaging and thought-provoking public speaker, Brian has expertise in DNA, mid-Atlantic & Southern research, with an emphasis on the intersection of white, black, and Native American genealogy. He has used his knowledge to solve cases of unknown parentage from Colonial America to the present day utilizing DNA and paper trail evidence.

Brian’s passion for genealogy was initially inspired by his father, and his father’s drive and desire to discover the story of his family. This understanding inspires his work to help others uncover their own ancestral stories. He combines years of experience in marketing research and academia with a passion for genealogical research – and a unique ability to solve seemingly impossible cases. His primary research interests include cases of unknown parentage, such as identifying the white progenitors of mulatto family lines; and triangulating answers to tough genealogical questions using traditional records and genetic evidence.

Behind his passion for research lies the belief that genealogy is an opportunity to connect with Americans from different backgrounds to enable them to connect with each other – and make connections around the globe.

Audiobook Review: Twisted Memories by Kate L. Mary

Twenty years ago Angus James woke to find himself in a sterile room. On the other side of the locked door, doctors worked to manipulate a virus, using him as their ultimate pin cushion. He was supposed to be dead – and there were moments over the next two decades when he wished he was – but despite his torturous existence, he remained a fighter. Through pain, love, loss, and heartbreak, Angus traveled a road that took him on a journey much bigger than the room he was confined to. As the world moved forward without him, he fought to hold onto as much of himself as he could, determined to make it out of his prison a whole man.

Outside the walls of the CDC, Angus’s family worked to move on. But between the dark rumors surrounding the man in charge and a twisted new religion that threatened to turn their lives upside down, starting over has began to seem impossible. With more and more of the freedoms being stripped away, and more devastating losses piling up around them, the group found themselves wishing they’d never set foot in New Atlanta in the first place.

And wondering if leaving was even an option.

Travel back with Twisted Memories and experience the emotional journey Angus James was forced to take during his twenty years as a prisoner. Discover how he came to be a father, what he did to stay sane during his long confinement, and how he managed to earn his freedom. 

My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read Twisted World and Twisted Mind, and I didn’t even pause before I started listening to Twisted Memories. When I started to listen to it, I was a bit disappointed because I wanted to know what happens in the future, not the past! It didn’t take long, though, for me to appreciate learning what happened shortly after Angus and his friends and family arrived in Atlanta…and how he was able to escape the CDC after 20 long years.

Twisted Memories was difficult to turn off once I started listening. There’s suspense, danger, and several times I found out how certain characters ended up where they were in the first book. I’m getting ready to listen to the next book, Twisted Fate, even though I was planning on listening to a different book first. I can’t wait!

The narrator does a great job of timing and voices and, best of all, conveying the emotions of the characters.

If you like post-apocalyptic stories, this is definitely worth your time. It’s more about the characters within the walls of Atlanta, and the zombies outside the walls are just a part of life.

About the Author

Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of Adult, New Adult, and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance! Her YA book, When We Were Human, was a 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and a 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal winner for Young Adult Science Fiction. Her book, Outliers, was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2018 Author Academy Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction, a Finalist in the 2018 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, and a First Place Winner in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction. Tribe of Daughters was recently named as an Honorable Mention in the 2018 SPR Book Awards.

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Book Review: The Story of Jane Goodall by Susan B. Katz

Discover the life of Jane Goodall―a story about curiosity, passion, and saving animals

Jane Goodall is a celebrated scientist for her studies of chimpanzees in the forests of Africa. Before she observed chimps and helped save them from losing their home, Jane was a curious kid who loved learning about animals. She showed people that women could be scientists, just like men, and fought to follow her dream of working with wild chimps. Explore how Jane Goodall went from being a young nature lover in England to the most important chimpanzee expert in the world.

This Jane Goodall chapter book for kids ages 6-8 includes:

  • Word definitions―Discover helpful definitions for the more advanced words and ideas in the book.
  • Test your knowledge―Take a quiz at the end of the book to make sure you understand the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Jane Goodall’s life.
  • A lasting legacy―Learn about how Jane made the world a better place for future generations of both humans and animals.

How will Jane Goodall’s strong will inspire you?

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I think everyone knows the name Jane Goodall and associates her name with chimps. There’s so much more to her life story than that, though, and this book fills in the blanks.

The Story of Jane Goodall is written for young readers, but I found it interesting as well. I recently watched a documentary about her, but there were still some facts in this book that I didn’t know.

There are some extras in The Story of Jane Goodall that are included in all of the books in this series, and they will encourage children to learn. Some of the words are bold which means they are in the glossary in the back. There are also family trees, time lines, and graphics called “Myths vs. Facts.” Occasionally, there’s an arrow with “Jump in the Think Tank” suggestions, which encourage children to express how they might feel in the same situation. There’s a quiz at the end as well as additional Think Tank questions.

It’s important to teach youngsters about Jane Goodall. She not only did some amazing work with chimps, but she did so when women’s options were limited as far as their careers. This is definitely a book that should be in every child’s library.

About the Author

Susan B. Katz is an award-winning, Spanish bilingual author, National Board Certified Teacher, educational consultant and social media strategist. As a former bilingual educator of over 25 years, Susan incorporates props, puppets and multimedia into her presentations making them interactive and engaging. Susan has eight published books with Scholastic, Penguin Random House, Barefoot Books and Callisto Media. MEDITATION STATION, about mindfulness and trains, comes out this fall with Bala Books (Shambhala). She has six chapter book biographies with Rockridge Press including THE STORY OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG, THE STORY OF FRIDA KAHLO, THE STORY OF JANE GOODALL and THE STORY OF ALBERT EINSTEIN. Scholastic published Susan’s book ALL YEAR ROUND and it was named “Best New Book” by The Children’s Book Review. She translated it into Spanish as Un Año Redondo. MY MAMA EARTH (Barefoot Books), won the Moonbeam Gold Award for Best Picture Book as well as being named “Top Green Toy” by Education.com. ABC, BABY ME! (Random House) debuted to rave reviews and sold out of its first print run in three months. ABC SCHOOL’S FOR ME (Scholastic) was illustrated by Lynn Munsinger and reviewed as “having verse that never misses a beat.” Susan is also the Founder and Executive Director of http://www.ConnectingAuthors.org, a national non-profit bringing children’s book authors and illustrators into schools and libraries as role models of literacy and the arts. Ms. Katz served as the Strategic Partner Manager for Authors at Facebook. When she’s not writing, Susan enjoys salsa dancing and spending time at the beach.

Her website is: www.susankatzbooks.com.