A forensic genealogist's quest for his birth father is interrupted by his taking on a case involving the search for family information of a woman who was murdered more than 180 years ago.

"The America Ground: A Genealogical Crime Mystery" by Nathan Dylan Goodwin is an excellent example of using a variety of research sources and procedures that result in successful results as well as surprises.

Years ago (before computers and the Internet — as some may recall) genealogical researchers would consider joining a genealogical society by first writing a letter (and enclosing a self-addressed stamped envelope) to inquire about the advantages of a membership: cost, whether volunteers can answer mail inquiries, what unique resources the society has, whether that society has published materials that might be helpful, whether a quarterly and/or newsletter is sent to members, whether members' queries are accepted, etc.

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