Don't you just adore Scotland?

I do. I visited Edinburgh with my father a long time ago, when I was in fifth grade. What I remember most: Edinburgh Castle; eating baked apples; the story of Greyfriar's Bobby (a cute and heroically loyal little Skye Terrier - hey! I was in fifth grade!)... you get the picture. I loved the trip and still have the kilt my dad bought for me way back then.

Today I was reminded of just how much I love Scotland when I read this review of my book on the ScotGen genealogy blog. Oh, Scotland, you had me at Greyfriar's Bobby... and now this?

You've read the book... now watch the (2-min) movie!'s right; it's not just the big Hollywood movies that get their own fancy trailers - now it's books like Shaking the Family Tree, too! The 2-minute video is now available on YouTube right here.

Many of the *real* people featured in the book are also in this film, as well as many of the far-flung places I visited during my research.

Huge thanks to the geniuses at Madhouse Muse for making this lovely film, as well as Matthew Meschery and Billy Bouchard for their contributions to the audio and music. It's so great to have talented friends.

Hope you enjoy it!

Publishers Weekly review of SFT: thumbs-up!

From the June 1, 2010 Publishers Weekly: Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist 
Buzzy Jackson, Touchstone, $14.99 paper (288p) ISBN 978-1-4391-1299-1 
In her new book, Jackson (A Bad Woman Feeling Good), inspired by her background studying American history and the recent birth of her son, tracks her family genealogy and takes the reader along for the ride. Before she can learn who her ancestors are, Jackson must learn the ins and out of genealogy, which she does by attending seminars, joining a local genealogical society, learning from the field's experts and, yes, going on a genealogy cruise. In conversational and witty prose, she conveys not only how much fun she is having but also what she is learning. But genealogy culture is just half of the story, the other half being Jackson's search for her family tree. While her quest starts innocently enough as she reaches out to her mother and father soon she finds herself embarking on a series of quirky adventures like looking for lost graveyards, hanging out with Mormons, going to her high school reunion, and finding out the Confederate South still exists. Thankfully, Jackson is a skilled writer, and the fun she has trying to find her dead kin is nicely balanced with the touching reconnections she makes with her living relatives. (July)