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Family Trees

A History of Genealogy in America

Americans’ long and restless search for identity through family trees illuminates the story of America itself, according to François Weil, as preoccupation with social standing, racial purity, and national belonging gave way to an embrace of diversity in one’s forebears, pursued through Ancestry.com and advances in DNA testing.

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WeilFrançois: François Weil is the Chancellor of the Universities of Paris. He is professor of history and a former president of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.
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