A Broken Tree: How DNA Exposed a Family's Secrets

A Broken Tree: How DNA Exposed a Family's Secrets

All families have stories and all families have secrets. Some stories can be hidden forever. Others come out over time, or suddenly through revelation. With the advent of easy to obtain and cheap DNA kits, more and more people are stumbling across biological secrets they never suspected, sometimes with happy outcomes, but sometimes with shocking results. In this book, the author provides a real-life example of the shocking revelations and aftermath of DNA investigation. Growing up as one of nine children, Stephen Anderson suspected from a young age that something was amiss. A chance accident, and a small crack in the history of his family broke open. More would come to be revealed as the author sets out on a journey to find answers to his questions. Any reader wondering what a DNA test might reveal will find here one extreme example of family secrets gone awry. As each member learns more about his or her own identity, new family members pop up, fade out, or pass away before relationships can be established or even revealed. More and more people are undergoing DNA tests and seeking to find long lost relatives though ancestry searches. What they find might upturn all their shared assumptions about family, identity, belonging, and history. Join Stephen as he uncovers his own family's secrets, the impact they've had on his life and his family's, and what they are all doing now to heal fresh wounds.

Title:A Broken Tree: How DNA Exposed a Family's Secrets
ISBN:9781538127421
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  • Maiya

    The discoveries of this family tree are way more interesting than anything I’ll ever find in mine. But once the “mystery” part wrapped up, the book really lost me at the FAQ section. Didn’t re...

  • Robin

    The story is fascinating and I was enjoying it at the beginning. However, from about the middle on it dragged with repeating what he had already said. I also wish he'd given more detail instead of say...

  • Leanne Hunt

    This book is an account of one man's search for his siblings' paternity after it emerged that his mother may have had many affairs during the course of her marriage, resulting in children from lots of...

  • Donna Gerber

    This book was recommended by someone in one of my genealogy Facebook groups. It sounded so interesting that I looked to see if any of the local libraries had it and ended up getting it through interli...

  • Martha Meyer

    Fantastically compelling quick read about one family's explosive secrets coming out as DNA testing becomes available. The author is a specialist in genealogy and family research but he's using it to s...

  • Kim Woodbury

    This is an absolutely fascinating story about how DNA testing exposed the secrets of the Anderson family. It is compelling because it is so unusual and surprising. I guarantee you have never read a bo...

  • Adri

    The story of this family is intriguing, but it is told with SO MUCH repetition, it could be 75% shorter. Also, I'm confused by Anderson saying, repeatedly, that he doesn't want innocent relatives to k...

  • Amber Spencer

    This book surprised me. It’s not told in the most gripping way, but uncovering one’s family history is interesting and always better than made up fiction. 5 stars for the way he wraps up the quest...

  • Jane Irish Nelson

    When author Steve Anderson and his younger brother Tim, first decided to create what they called a "genetic standard" against which all of the nine children of their parents could be compared, they al...

  • Cheryl

    Quite a remarkable story. Although a quick read, the book could have been and should have been way shorter. The story is told in a very plain spoken manner, and after the first chapter, the same facts...