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Beginning Genealogy Resources : Getting Started in Genealogy

This is a guide to print and online resources useful to the study of family history and genealogy. Many of these materials are available through the Government and Heritage Library.

Genealogy (General Reference)

Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. The Genealogist's Address Book. 6th ed. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2009.

Eichholz, Alice. Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources. 3rd ed. Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2004.

The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America. 11th ed. Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2006.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown.  Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., 2009.

Smith, Kenneth L. Genealogical Dates: A User-Friendly Guide Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1994.

Sperry, Kip. Abbreviations & Acronyms: A Guide for Family Historians. Rev. 2nd ed. Provo, UT: Ancestry Pub., 2003.

Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, eds. The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy. 3rd ed. Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2006.

Weber, Peter J. and Michael Sankey, eds. The Sourcebook to Public Record Information. 10th ed. Tempe, AZ: BRB Publications, 2009.

How-to (General Genealogy)

Allen, Desmond Walls. First Steps in Genealogy: A Beginner's Guide to Researching Your Family History. Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Books, 1998.

Andriot, John L., ed. Township Atlas of the United States. McLean, VA: Documents Index, 1987.

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. Ellis Island Research. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2011.

_______. Finding Female Ancestors. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2013.

_______. Guide to Finding Your Ellis Island Ancestors. Cincinnati, OH: Family Tree Books, 2005.

_______. Organizing Your Family History Search: Efficient & Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical Research. Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Books, 1999.

_______. Your Guide to Cemetery Research. Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Books, 2002.

Clunies, Sandra MacLean. A Family Affair: How to Plan and Direct the Best Family Reunion Ever. Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 2003.

Cooke, Lisa Louise. The Genealogist's Google Toolbox: A Genealogist's Guide to the Most Powerful Free Online Research Tools Available! San Ramon, CA: Genealogy Gems Publications, 2011.

Croom, Emily Ann. Unpuzzling Your Past: The Best Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy. 4th ed. Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Books, 2001.

Darrow, Carol Cooke and Susan Winchester. The Genealogists Guide to Researching Tax Records. Westminister, MD: Heritage Books, 2007.

Davenport, Linda Haas. Taking the Mystery Out of Land Records. 2nd ed. Broken Arrow, OK: Self Published, 2008.

Dollarhide, William. Genealogy Starter Kit. 2nd ed. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1998.

_______. Managing a Genealogical Project: A Complete Manual for the Management and Organization of Genealogical Materials. Baltimore, MD.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999.

_______. Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-1815. Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 2000.

Fleming, Ann Carter. The Organized Family Historian. Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 2004.

Frish-Ripley, Karen. Unlocking the Secrets in Old Photographs. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, 1991.

Hone, E Wade. Land & Property Research in the United States. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, 1997.

Humphrey, John T. Understanding and Using Baptismal Records. Washington, DC: Humphrey Publications, 1996.

Kemp, Thomas Jay. International Vital Records Handbook. 6th ed. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2013.

Pfeiffer, Laura Szucs. Hidden Sources: Finding History in Unlikely Places. Orem, UT: Ancestry, 2000.

Rose, Christine. Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures. San Jose, CA: CR Publication, 2004.

Scott, Craig R. Revolutionary War Genealogy Research. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2011.

Smith, Kenneth L. Estate Inventories: How to Use Them. Elverson, PA: Olde Springfield Shoppe, 1993.

Smolenyak, Megan and Ann Turner. Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree. Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2004.

Taylor, Maureen A. Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs. Cincinatti, OH: Family Tree Books, 2005.

How-to (Ethnic Genealogy)

General

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Immigrant and Ethnic Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage. Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Books, 2000.

African American

Burroughs, Tony. Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree. New York, NY: Fireside, 2001.

Hait, Michael. African American Genealogy Research. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2011.

Walton-Raji, Angela Y. Black Indian Genealogy Research: African American Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes. Expanded ed. Westminister, MD: Heritage Books, 2007.

Hispanic

Ryskamp, George R. Finding Your Hispanic Roots. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997.

Schmal, John P. and Donna S. Morales. Mexican-American Genealogical Research: Following the Paper Trail to Mexico. Bowie, MD: Heritage Press, 2002.

Native American

Gormley, Myra Vanderpool. Cherokee Genealogy Research. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2012.

Hill, Edward E., comp. Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Services, 1981.

Lennon, Rachal Mills. Tracing Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes: Southeastern Indians Prior to Removal. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002.

McClure, Tony Mack. Cherokee Proud: A Guide for Tracing and Honoring Your Cherokee Ancestors. 2nd ed. Somerville, TN: Chunannee Books, 2000.

How-to (Foreign Genealogy)

Barbados

Lane, Geraldine. Tracing Ancestors in Barbados. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2006.

Canada

Baxter, Angus. In Search of Your Canadian Roots: Tracing Your Family Tree in Canada. 3rd ed. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000.

Douglas, Althea. Tools of the Trade for Canadian Genealogy. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Ontario Genealogical Society, 2004.

Punch, Terrence M. Genealogist's Handbook for Atlantic Canada Research. 2nd ed. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997.

England

Irvine, Sherry. Your English Ancestry: A Guide for North Americans. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, 1993.

Saul, Pauline and E.C. Markwell. The A-Z Guide to Tracing Ancestors in Britain. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985.

Estonia

Maldonado, Sirid Renate. Estonian Experience and Roots: Ethnic Estonian Genealogy with Historical Perspective, Social Influences and Possible Family History Resources. Fort Wayne, IN: As Was Publishing, 1996.

Europe (General)

Baxter, Angus. In Search of Your European Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in Every Country in Europe3rd ed. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001.

Ireland

Maxwell, Ian. Researching Armagh Ancestors: A Practical Guide for the Family and Local Historian. Belfast, Ireland: Ulster Historical Foundation, 2000.

Maxwell, Ian. Researching Down Ancestors: A Practical Guide for the Family and Local Historian. Belfast, Ireland: Ulster Historical Foundation, 2004.

Mitchell, Brian. Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Co., 2002.

Italy

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. Italian-American Family History: A Guide to Researching and Writing About Your Heritage. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997.

Colletta, John Philip. Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003.

Ott, George E. Guide to the Genealogical Resources of Italy. Region of Sicily: With Maps and Full Index of Included Towns. North Salt Lake, UT: Heritage Creations, 2004.

Mexico

Ryskamp, George R. and Peggy H. Ryskamp. Finding Your Mexican Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide. Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2007.

Poland

Chorzempa, Rosemary A.. Polish Roots=Korzenie Polskie. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1993.

Scotland

Cory, Kathleen B. Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry. 3rd ed. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.

Dobson, David. Scottish Genealogy Research. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2010.

Irvine, Sherry. Your Scottish Ancestry: A Guide for North Americans. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, 1997.

West Indian

Grannum, Guy. Tracing Your West Indian Ancestors. Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England: Public Record Office, 2002.