AN AMAZING JOURNEY – BOOK REVIEW
The book, An Amazing Journey: A Wondrous Trek Through Time by Jim Bailey, is a must read for those researching Bailey ancestry. It contains hundreds of names from the Massachusetts colony of the early families of New England but it is not a run of the mill genealogical index of names and dates…it is so much more!
With over 25 years of researching the Bailey family, you’ll find unique and surprising tricks that may help the genealogist in your family. I’m just now starting to research my Bailey ancestry and have just started reading the book but am glad to own it and have it in my library!
Jim did not rely heavily on the famed Ancestry website for his research as a lot of genealogist do and I understand why! As with my own research on that site, all I am seeing is a lot of people making family trees with wrong information and a continuous cycle of such.
The book truly is a journey with adventures as well as solving riddles and seeing historians debunked! Jim gives you the history of how people named their children, when surnames came into use, and even the truth about how the state of Maine got its name. I’m eager to read more!
The book goes back in time thousands of years to follow a family whose ancestry had been lost. The Bailey family of Massachusetts has been written about by others but without the thoroughness as with this author.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jim Bailey, The Yankee Chef, is a third generation New England chef, third generation violinist, renowned food judge, the premier New England food historian, food columnist, and the author of 3 cookbooks. He is known for his signature pink chef’s coat that he wears in honor of his mother and her struggle with breast cancer.
Often referred to as The King of Comfort Food, he is known around the world as a chef who can make something outta nuthin and is the creator of It’s Just That Simple! Toppings and Syrups. See Jim in this video as he prepares Beef and Onion Stir-Fry.
In addition to his cookbooks and this genealogy book, he has also written about the historical Salem witch trials in Witch Hunts: Salem Solved…But Repeated.
Jim blogs about genealogy at Our New England Heritage – The First New England Settlers…and much more.
I can’t end the info about Jim without also letting you know that he created the annual observance of National Fall Foliage Week that begins the last Sunday of September in the United States.
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