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Books by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

  • Midlife Medium: A Genealogist’s Quest to Converse with the Dead

    Can we really communicate with the dead? Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, a fifty-six-year-old renowned genealogist with no childhood paranormal experiences, intends to find out.

    Midlife Medium is an unintentional spiritual memoir as Sharon engrosses herself in the world of mediumship to learn whether it’s possible for anyone to become a medium. The journey is not without unexpected, sometimes unsettling, consequences as Sharon grapples with her own mortality and discovers a little-known religion, Spiritualism. She also discovers that all relationships can heal, even after death. But perhaps the biggest challenge is the strain her quest puts on her relationship with her skeptical, science-teacher daughter.

    An often humorous yet profound attempt at bridging the gap between life and the afterlife, Midlife Medium: A Genealogist’s Quest to Converse with the Dead also includes a short guide and suggestions for readers who want to start their own journey to become a medium.

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Sharon DeBartolo Carmack is a Certified Genealogist® with an MFA in creative nonfiction writing. She received a certificate in demonstrating mediumship and an advanced academic diploma from the Spiritualists' National Union in the UK. Sharon is the author of twenty-six books, including the best-selling guides Organizing Your Family History Search; A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors; Your Guide to Cemetery Research; You Can Write Your Family History; Tell It Short: A Guide to Writing Your Family History in Brief; and the recent biography, In Search of Maria B. Hayden: The American Medium Who Brought Spiritualism to the U.K. Her work has appeared in almost every major genealogical journal, as well as Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Portland Review, Hippocampus Magazine, Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art, Steinbeck Review, and Literary Hub, to name a few.