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Some family : the Mormons and how humanity keeps track of itself

Author: Donald Harman Akenson
Publisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©2007.
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In our age of information, genealogical research has become one of the most popular activities in the world and the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the most important resources. This book explains and evaluates the history and functioning of this massive undertaking, in the process providing an insightful study of the Mormon scriptures and their implications for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Akenson, Donald Harman, 1941-
Some family.
Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2007
(OCoLC)608204440
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Harman Akenson
ISBN: 9780773532953 0773532951 9780773537279 0773537279
OCLC Number: 145429425
Description: x, 349 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1. Getting in touch. Yesterday's news --
What do the Mormons think...? --
The indomitable overcoming the inevitable --
pt. 2. The course of Adam. What's the plot? --
The grammars of genealogical ascent --
A big imperial engine? --
Resistance, submission, subversion --
pt. 3. The saints come marching. God's massive engine? --
Appendices. A. The poverty of terminology --
Inbreeding and incest --
False-paternity --
False-maternity --
Genetics as genealogical evidence.
Responsibility: Donald Harman Akenson.

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Provides the information needed to assess the Latter-day Saints' efforts to provide a single narrative of how humanity keeps track of itself. This title illuminates the stories that cultures tell  Read more...

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"Some Family is both an important study and a good read. It ranks among the best books on modern Mormonism, and makes a unique contribution to understanding some of its more arcane beliefs and Read more...

 
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