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The ancestry-fueled trip of a lifetime in London

Susan Muther, the author’s mother, watches the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
Susan Muther, the author’s mom, watches the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. –Christopher Muther/ Globe Staff

LONDON — As soon as the plane descended from the low clouds and the landscape appeared beneath us, she started crying. The patchwork of fields in the British countryside seeped into the suburbs, and eventually the fringes of London came into view. She started crying again.

I wasn’t sure what to do. I don’t think I’d ever seen my mother cry quite like this. So I put my arm around her, and rubbed her shoulder.

“We’re here,’’ I said. This only made the crying situation worse.

—Christopher Muther/Globe Staff
—Christopher Muther/Globe Staff
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