A year ago I review True Miracles with Genealogy: Volume II. However, I never got around to reviewing the first volume, True Miracles with Genealogy: Help from Beyond the Veil. So, in proper genealogical order – start with the most recent and work backwards through time – here are the details and my thoughts for the first book.

Just like Volume II, this first books is a Chicken Soup for the Soul styled inspirational collection of stories specifically compiled for the family historian. Like other inspiring books, this tome is meant to help motivate and rejuvenate one’s desires, one’s passions, one’s willingness to continue with renewed strength and aspirations, and sometimes even convince someone to step outside their comfort zone and find rewards in new challenges. In other words, when you have absolutely had enough with your genealogy, this book can boost your spirits enough to keep going.

True Miracles is a collection of 51 heart warming stories of success and rewards every day people have experienced in working on their family history. The miracles described in these stories will “comfort and fascinate” those who believe. Most, if not all, of these stories were submitted my members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the LDS church or Mormons as they called). Some of the stories refer to experiences had within Mormon temples. However, these stories can, and will, inspire any who person of any faith who believes in divine inspiration and a God’s hand in important works.

Researchers are often persistent and unyielding in their efforts to uncover a family truth. However, these stories show that sometime it takes a miracle, an unexpected twist, to make the unlikely possible. Stories include family connections established through finding on eBay. Or, how persistence following up on one forgotten dead child in the family’s history led to the miraculous discovery of the names of the missing great grandparents, whose names had been sought for nearly 30 years. Many stories recount coincidence too precise or too timely to not call them miracles. Reading these stories will give the reader a sense of hope and faith that any challenge in their own research can be overcome, even if only by act of God.

Here is just one review from another author:

“‘Sometimes we forget how close Heaven is to Earth—just a whisper away’ ~ Elizabeth Jane Roberts. This is the kind of comfort offered by True Miracles with Genealogy. Personal story after story rivets your attention. This book is a powerhouse of inspiration—a absolute must-read to keep on your nightstand.” C.S Bezas, Author and Columnist.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

There’s a Couple Named Jallow Around the Corner

Filling the Gap – with Precision

In the Right Place at the Right Time

Learning that Genealogy is more than just Names and dates

Jane

Finding the McRae Family

Family History Brings Happy Closure

Portals to the Past

Spunky William

Annie Made Me Cry

Family connections from eBay

A Whisper Away

The Treasure box and Little Elizabeth

Astounding Meeting

A dream Come True

The Census Dream

Discovering John Peyton Overton

the Right Cemetery

On a cold and Misty Mountain

Six Years Missing

One Kind Act

Discovering the Impossible

Getting to Know Vira Ann

Led by a Confederate Flag

My Father Gave Me My Identity Back

An Accident and a Missing Link

Dad Came to Us on My Mother’s Birthday

An Old Brooklyn Newspaper

Prompted to Miss Lunch and Search

He Stayed with the Mail

The Same Little Town

A Civil War Dream

The Fabulous Shutts

She Did Belong!

A Google Miracle

Random Question

A Father’s Heart Turns

A Root Trip

Don’t Stop Now

Saved from the Mice

The Right Time

A Familiar Voice

We’re Related

A Great Trip

Hundreds of Family Bibles

From Jew to Christian

A Danish Miracle

Information in a Mess

Fruitful Connection

Dreams and Voices

Not Given to Flights of Imagination

About the Author

 

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