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Treasures in My Chest intertwines the story of the genealogical exploration and music of singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight, starting with the discovery of a song published by his Scottish immigrant great-grandfather in 1906. Like over 25 million people in the last few years, his curiosity about his ancestry led to his family's DNA tests and an incredible journey of discove ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by Spirit Ninja LLC
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Pam
Apr 19, 2020 added it
I so enjoyed the book and CD entitled Treasures in My Chest by my friend Andrew McKnight. I feel compelled to comment on it, although I feel my words won’t do it justice. It is full of well written stories that Andrew discovered when researching his family history. He calls these stories “ancestories”. It isn’t just about the stories though, it has many layers of contemplative philosophy on the meaning of life. Andrew weaves into his stories how fragile and heartbreaking life can be, while also ...more
Laura
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I must say up front, I’m biased. I have known Andrew for many years and am a devoted fan. I also live in Forestville, CT where his Dad grew up and where some of his ancestors are buried. AND.... I’ve followed the stories he tells in the books as I’ve attended his recent concert/storytelling sessions.

That said, Andrew has done a great job in sharing his own journey in tracking down his roots and inspiring others to do the same.

He lays out what techniques worked and which happened organically or
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Peggy Fallon
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a treasure in itself! McKnight weaves a riveting story and thoughtful analysis of why and how we should care about (both) our ancestors and our descendants, at the same time providing succinct advice about how to go about genealogy research, DNA analysis, and how to record and save your own story. His own story is told with exactly enough detail accompanied with just enough mystery about 'how it will come out'. At the same time, the larger context is clear and compelling. I was espe ...more
Leslie McFadden
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Andrew is a friend and neighbor. I've been following his journey to find his heritage on Facebook and in conversations for several years.

This book was like sitting down with Andrew over coffee, tea, or a wee dram and hearing his stories. He was able to weave his history into American and Irish history seamlessly.

Andrew also shares the process of genealogical research - and the pitfalls that may befall you. He shares hints and tips about doing your own research.

Lastly, there is a companion album
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E. Murphy
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read!
I really couldn’t put this book down! Wonderful stories woven with tips on tracing your own family history. Honest reflections too on more difficult discoveries. Lovely to know the inspiration behind the music that complements the book too.
Be encouraged to ask the questions, be inspired to listen intently and be your family custodian of stories and history or just enjoy the journey with Andrew as he discovers his family, and weaves together the threads of the rich tapestry of those wh
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KIM SHEPHERD
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A heartwarming read. In the best way possible it's like being sat at home listening to family stories and knowing the characters that well you picture then there and then. The book is done in such a clever way that you really don't realize at first just how much you learn about family trees and DNA. The more you read the more it inspires you to want to start a tree or family story telling of your own. I couldn't put it down ...more
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