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# Thursday, February 28, 2013
Researchers' Favorite Genealogy Books and History-Related Reads
Posted by Diane

Last weekend's Family Tree University Virtual Genealogy Conference was informative, inspirational and just plain fun. Over the next few weeks, I'll share some tips I picked up from the live chats. (And I'll keep you posted on the next Virtual Genealogy Conference, scheduled for September.)

The genealogy books chat made me plan a trip to the library and start surfing Amazon.com: A bunch of conference attendees got together and talked about their go-to genealogy reference books and favorite history-related reads, including those below (for books we carry in ShopFamilyTree.com, I've linked to the listing):
  • Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills

  • The Family Tree Sourcebook by the editors of Family Tree Magazine

  • The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy edited by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking

  • How to Archive Family Keepsakes by Denise May Levenick

  • A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

  • Women and the Law of Property in Early America by Marylynn Salmon ("helps when looking at court records and understanding how women were treating in regards to their rights to own property," said the chatter, and it covers "1750 to 1830ish")

  • Finding Your Father's War by Jonathan Gawne ("for researching WWII soldiers")

  • Everyday Life in the 1800s by Marc McCutcheon

  • The Family Tree Problem Solver by Marsha Hoffman Rising ("the perfect book for when you're stuck on a line and need inspiration"), which also comes in a digital version

  • Reading Early American Handwriting by Kip Sperry ("the first part explains about the differences in writing styles, while the last three-quarters of the book has examples of documents with the transcriptions")

  • Genealogists Handbook for New England Research edited by Michael J. LeClerc

  • The Genealogist's Companion and Sourcebook and The Sleuthbook for Genealogists by Emily Anne Croom

  • Finding Indiana Ancestors by M. Teresa Baer and Geneil Breeze

  • Bringing Your Family History to Life Through Social History by Katherine Scott Sturdevant

  • Black's Law Dictionary, 4th edition ("the 4th edition is the most recent one that still has the old terms, as I understand")

  • No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting by Anne MacDonald, recommended by a chatter who is into knitting

  • Your Digital Afterlife....When Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter Are Your Estate, What's Your Legacy? by Evan Carroll and John Romano

  • Norwegians on the Prairie by Odd Lovoll

  • Italian Genealogical Records: How to use Italian Civil, Ecclesiastical and Other Records in Family History Research by Trafford Cole

  • Only a Few Bones by John Philip Colletta

  • Finding Italian Roots by John Philip Colletta

  • The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England ("written like a travel guide for people traveling from today back in time to the 14th century")

  • Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg

  • The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy by Val D. Greenwood
Would you add any books to this list? Click Comments below and let us know!


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Thursday, February 28, 2013 9:29:32 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [5]
Thursday, February 28, 2013 4:06:07 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
"Map Guide to the U. S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920" by Thorndike and Dollarhide.
Connie Bunte
Thursday, February 28, 2013 4:42:10 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
If anyone would like to work their way through these books, I've made a Listopia list on Goodreads so we can chart our progress together! Find the list at http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/33366.Genealogy_Insider_s_Favorite_Reads or by clicking here.
Ashley Odell
Friday, March 01, 2013 9:37:19 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
The German Research Companion, Third Edition
(ISBN 0-9656761-6-1) Riemer, Shirley J., Minert, Roger P. & Anderson, Jennifer A.
Tom O'Brien
Friday, March 01, 2013 11:15:14 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
"Family" by Ian Frazier is one of my favorites.
Terrie Cornell
Friday, March 01, 2013 4:21:54 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Lainhart, State Census Records and whichever of Dr. George Schweitzer's Genealogical Research books suit your specific purpose.
Cherie Brumfield
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