Family History & Genealogy Research
RECOMMENDED RESOURCES FOR
GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY
A Work In Progress (Updated August 9, 2007)
By Carol P. McCoy, Ph.D.
- Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors: Special Strategies for Uncovering Hard-to-Find Information about Your Female Lineage. (Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1998.) Finding female ancestors requires special techniques-this book will help you.
- Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. The Genealogy Sourcebook. (Los Angeles: Lowell House and Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1998.)
- Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. Your Guide to Cemetery Research. (Cincinnati: Betterways Books, 2002.) A good guide to making the most of your visits to cemeteries to track your ancestors.
- Croom, Emily Ann. Unpuzzling Your Past: The Best-Selling Basic Guide to
Genealogy, 4th edition. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2001. A wonderful
introduction to genealogy. I use it as a textbook in my course on genealogy.
- Croom, Emily Ann. Unpuzzling Your Past Workbook: Essential forms and letters
for all genealogists. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1996. A good companion to her regular book.
- Croom, Emily Ann. The Sleuth Book for Genealogists: Strategies for More Successful Family History Research. (Cincinnati: Betterways Books, 2000.) This fun book including suggestions from many famous detectives can give you the inspiration to try new techniques in being a family historian.
- Dollarhide, William. The Census Book: A Genealogist's Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes . (Bountiful, UT: William Dollarhide and Heritage Quest, 2000.) A must-have guide for conducting census research. Includes useful forms and a CD.
- Eicholtz, Alice (Ed.). Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County, and
Town Sources, 3rd edition. (Utah: Ancestry, 2004). An outstanding book for
understanding the various records available in the U.S. Croom, Emily Ann.
- Everton Publishers. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of
America, 10th edition. Excellent bibliographical information for sources, libraries,
agencies, and societies.
- Hatcher, Patricia Law. Locating Your Roots: Discover Your Ancestors Using Land Records. (Cincinnati: Betterways Books, 2003.) A very helpful guide for analyzing information found in deeds and other land records.
- Hone, E. Wade. Land & Property Research in the United States. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1997.) Includes excellent advice on conducting land research and includes detailed maps and appendices.
- Kemp, Thomas Jay. International Vital Records Handbook: Births, Marriages, Deaths. Application forms and ordering information for the vital records you need for driver's licenses, passports, jobs, social security, proof of identity, etc. 4th edition. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 200.)
- Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family
Historian. A must-have guide for source citations!
- Mills, Elizabeth Shown (Ed.). Professional Genealogy: A Manual for
Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians. (Baltimore, MD:
Genealogical Publishing Company, 2001.)
- Renick, Barbara. Genealogy 101: How to Trace Your Family's History and
Heritage. (Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 2003.)
- Szucs, Loretto Dennis. They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins. (Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, 1998.)
- Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy, 3rd edition. (Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2006.) A
- Thorndale, William and William Dollarhide. Map Guide to the U.S. Federal
Censuses, 1790-1920. Helps you to understand the ever changing counties in each
state to help you locate people in each census year through 1920.