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[Current] Skin Deep, by Lisa B. Lee
Most of us have "Finding A Place Called Home”, by Dee Palmer Woodtor and “Black Roots”, by Tony Boroughs in our personal libraries. They’re essential texts for their how-to’s on African Ancestored genealogy alone.
Often, we read about documents, paper trails and physical journeys that take writers to the homeland of their Ancestors. Then we’re told what to do in a somewhat antiseptic way. Next, we give it a go; flounder, get frustrated, look for solace and wonder if it’s really this daunting. If it is, how are we to go about this genealogy research thing and finding success?
Once in a while a book comes along where the author reveals as much about themselves, their struggles, trials and tribulations as they do about their research techniques.
“Skin Deep, My Journey To Discover The “Black” & “White” Descendants of William Lee- Part I”, by Lisa B. Lee is such a book.
“Genealogy is my passion”, the author’s first words, clues us to the emotional, spiritual and intellectual trip we are about to take. She then inquires, does “Race” really matter? Oh, Oh, there’s some politics and sociology coming our way. Thirty years of research and traveling between the United States and Canada has Ms. Lee thinking about governments, genetics, ancestry, and racism. She tells us what’s in her heart and what’s on her mind and let’s the chips fall -with love- where they may.
“The only thing that truly matters in life is love, unconditional love...” Lisa B. Lee, loaded down with her binders, laptop computer, tape recorder and a bouquet of flowers, took that love and knocked on the door of one of her “white" cousins. She gives voice contrasting that encounter to those with her “black” cousins.
Do you want to be told how to do genealogy or Shown how to do genealogy?
It is not a difficulty in recommending a book that is seemingly narrow in focus. How many of us are related to this William Lee anyways? However, what we have in ‘Skin Deep’ is an expository into the research efforts, commitment, dedication and love of a talented genealogist who, in the parlance of a sports metaphor - leaves it on the court.
Complete with photographs, charts and endnotes this book is a welcome edition to any genealogist’s reference shelf.
Folks, this is the template for your family history book; this is the real deal.
Lisa B. Lee
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