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Meeting the Family: One Man's Journey Through His Human Ancestry
Donovan Webster brings his vivid journalistic gifts to a new subject, tracing our deep genealogy using cutting-edge DNA research to map our eons-old journey from prehistoric Africa into the modern world. With the same genetic haplotype as many white American males, Webster makes an ideal subject—he is a genuine Everyman. While his voice and spirit are unique to him, in exp ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by National Geographic
(first published 2010)
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I had to read this book for an Anthropology class that I'm taking, but honestly, I loved it. I thought it was fascinating to read about Webster taking a modern day journey through the places that his genetic ancestors has lived hundreds of thousands of years ago. I like the perspective that the book gives about the interrelatedness of everyone on the planet, how we are so closely related to everyone else around us when you stop to think about it. And, it also definitely made me want to take part ...more
Webster uses his Y chromosome results from his participation in the Genographic Project to map a trip roughly in the footsteps of his patrilineal ancestors. Starting in the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania to Lebanon to Samarkand in Uzbekistan and finally to the Basque region of Spain. Well worth reading particularly for his time with the Hadzabe in Tanzania who manage to maintain the lives of hunter-gatherers.
More travelogue than history or genealogy. Interesting enough but it doesn't do a good job tying together the links among the different stops on his journey. I wanted more genealogical science. The author mentions markers but doesn't give enough context for them. I can't compare them to my own DNA tests. At least that could have been in an appendix.