Some Family: The Mormons And How Humanity Keeps Track Of Itself
Donald Harman Akenson
McGill-Queen's University Press
There are other cautionary tales to be found in the appendices, including the statistical likelihood of false paternity, wrongly attributed maternity, and incest blurring the nice, neat family tree. Akenson’s insistence on the family as narrative is an evocative one, the “kernel” of each tale leading to the kernel of the next.
His scholarly insistence on referring to “Yeshua of Nazareth” and “Miriam” can grate, but he is an equal-opportunity offender: Catholics, Jews, Mormons, genealogists, and historians can all find something to be annoyed about. They can also find much to chuckle about, as Akenson is a witty and charming writer.
Some Family should be required reading not only for all genealogists, but also for all those bureaucrats who mistakenly believe that the microfiche copies the LDS members provided of the original books of record are the real deal. mRb