- Akenson, Donald Harman. Some Family: The Mormons and How
Humanity Keeps Track of Itself. Montreal, Quebec:
McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007. A combination of history,
theory, and practice.
- Allen, Desmond Walls and Carolyn Earle Billingsley.
Beginner's Guide to Family History Research. 3rd edition.
Conway, Arkansas: Research Associates, 1997.
- Allen, Desmond Walls. First Steps in Genealogy: A
Beginner's Guide to Researching Your Family History.
Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 1998.
- Ancestry's Red Book, American State, County & Town
Sources. Edited by Alice Eichholz. 3rd edition. Salt Lake
City, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2004.
- Arnold, Jackie Smith. Kinship: It's All Relative,
Expanded. 2nd edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical
Publishing Co., 2000.
- Ball, Karen. The People Finder: Reuniting Relatives,
Finding Friends. London, UK and Boston, Massachusetts:
Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2008. Ways to locate public records
and to find people through their work, hobbies, and organization
- Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. County Courthouse Book.
Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., [periodically revised].
- Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. Directory of Family
Associations. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1995.
- Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. The Genealogist's Address Book.
5th edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co.,
2005. The 5th edition is also produced as a CD (#7427). "Yellow
Pages" for genealogists.
- Billingsley, Carolyn Earle. Communities of Kinship:
Antebellum Families and the Settlement of the Cotton Frontier.
Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2004.
- Burke, Deborah M., editor. Cemeteries of the U.S.: A
Guide to Contact Information for U.S. Cemeteries and Their
Records. Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research, Inc., 1994.
- Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. Carmack's Guide to Copyright
and Contracts: A Primer for Genealogists, Writers and
Researchers. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing
- Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. The Family Tree Guide to
Finding Your Ellis Island Ancestors. Cincinnati: Family Tree
- Carmack, Sharon and Erin Nevius. The Family Tree Resource
Book for Genealogists: The Essential Guide to American County
and Town Sources. F & W Publications, Incorporated, 2004.
Includes a chapter for each state, along with a map of each
state showing each county, the year it became a territory and
state, a listing of state repositories, a historical overview, a
list of record highlights, and a listing of research tips.
- Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. Organizing Your Family
History: Efficient & Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your
Genealogical Research. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books,
- Celebrating the Family -- The MyFamily.com Guide to
Understanding Your Family History. By the editors of
MyFamily.com. Friedman/Fairfax, 2002. An introduction to nine
areas of family history, including photography safeguards and
preservation, scrapbooking, interviewing, researching and
writing a family history, communicating with family, and
- Clifford, Karen. The Complete Beginner's Guide to
Genealogy, The Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program.
Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001.
Excellent beginner's guide.
- Colket, Meredith, Jr. and Bridges, Frank E. Guide to
Genealogical Records in the National Archives. Washington,
- The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1776 & Emigrants in
Bondage, 1614-1775. Family tree maker. [Novato, CA]:
Brøderbund Software, 1996.
With approximately 140,000 names, this work contains
the most comprehensive list ever published of the men,
women, and children who emigrated from England to
America between 1607 and 1776.
- Crawford-Oppenheimer, Christine. Long Distance Genealogy:
Researching Your Family History from Home. Cincinnati, Ohio:
Betterway Books, 2000. Ideas on how to access records in areas
where researcher does not live.
- Croom, Emily Anne. The Genealogist's Companion &
Sourcebook. 2nd edition. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books,
2003. Comprehensively covers records nationwide with research
examples and success stories. Focuses on the "whole family"
style of genealogical research. The author invites you to
explore the variety of valuable sources, from territorial papers
and fire insurance maps to records found in archives and law
- Croom, Emily Anne. Unpuzzling Your Past. 4th edition.
Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 2001.
- Daughters of the American Revolution, National Society.
DAR Library Catalog: Volume One, Family Histories and
Genealogies. 2d rev. ed. Washington, D.C., 1983. Supplement.
1984. Volume Two, State and Local Histories and Records.
1986. Volume Three, Centennial Supplement: Acquisitions,
1985-1991. 1992. Lists of family histories and genealogies,
state and local histories, and published records in the DAR
Library through 1991.
- Dollarhide, William and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best
Genealogy Resource Centers. North Salk Lake, Utah: Heritage
- Dollarhide, William. The Census Book. Bountiful,
Utah: Heritage Quest, 1999.
- Dollarhide, William. Genealogy Starter Kit. 2nd
edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994.
- Dollarhide, William. Managing a Genealogical Project.
Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999.
- Dollarhide, William. Map Guide to American Migration
Routes, 1735-1815. North Salt Lake, Utah: Heritage Quest,
- Drake, Paul. What Did They Mean by That? A Dictionary of
Historical Terms for Genealogists. Maryland: Heritage Books,
- Eakle, Arlene and Johni Cerny. eds. The Source: A
Guidebook of American Genealogy. Salt Lake City: Ancestry,
- Eichholz, Alice, editor. Red Book: American State,
County, and Town Sources. 3rd edition. Provo, Utah:
Ancestry, 2004. Description of major record groups for each
state with maps and formation of counties.
- Everton, Lee. The Handybook for Genealogists. 10th
edition. Draper, Utah: Everton Publishers, 2002. State summaries
with addresses for libraries, societies, and archives, with
information on research guides, genealogical sources,
bibliographies, histories, and formation of counties.
- Filby, P. William. A Bibliography of American County
Histories. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985.
List of about 5,000 histories of U.S. counties.
- Filby, P. William, and Mary K. Meyer. Passenger and
Immigration Lists Index: A Guide to Published Arrival Records of
about 5000,000 Passengers Who Came to the United States and
Canada in the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries.
1st edition. 3 vol. plus annual supplements. Detroit: Gale
Research Co., 1981.
- Filby, P. William, ed., Passenger and Immigration Lists
Bibliography, 1538-1900: Being a Guide to Published Lists of
Arrivals in the United States and Canada. Detroit: Gale
Research Corp., 1981.
- Fleming, Ann Carter. The Organized Family Historian: How
to File, Manage, and Protect Your Genealogical Research and
Heirlooms. Nashville, Tennessee: Rutledge Hill Press, 2004.
- Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher's Guide to American
Genealogy. 3rd edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing
Co., 2000. Classic guide.
- Gregory, Winifred, editor. American Newspapers, 1821-1936,
and Canada. New York: W.H. Wilson, 1937.
- The Handy Book for Genealogists: United States of America.
10th edition. Draper, Utah: Everton Publishers, Inc., 2002.
State summaries with addresses for libraries, societies, and
archives, with information on research guides, genealogical
sources, bibliographies, histories, and formation of counties.
- Hartley, William G. The Everything Family Tree Book,
Finding, Charting, and Preserving Your Family History.
Holbrook, Massachusetts: Adams Media Corporation.
- Hatcher, Patricia Law, and John V. Wylie. Indexing Family
Histories: Simple Steps for a Quality Product. Arlington,
Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 1994.
- Hatcher, Patricia Law. Locating Your Roots: Discover Your
Ancestors Using Land Records. Cincinnati: Betterway Books,
- Hatcher, Patricia Law. Producing a Quality Family
History. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1996. Covers formats,
typefaces. layouts, indexes, and publishing process.
- Hinckley, Kathleen W. Locating Lost Family Members &
Friends: Modern Genealogical Research Techniques for Locating
the People of Your Past and Present. Cincinnati: Betterway
- Hoffman, Marian, ed. Genealogical & Local History Books
in Print: Family History Volume. Baltimore: Genealogical
Publishing Co., 1996. List of available family histories with
the names and addresses of vendors.
- Hoffman, Marian,ed. Genealogical & Local History Books in
Print: U.S. Sources and Resources Volumes. 2 vols.
Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997. List of available
books pertaining to U.S. regions, states, counties, and towns
with the names and addresses of vendors.
- Hone, E. Wade. Land and Property Research in the United
States. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997.
- Howells, Cyndi. Planting Your Family Tree Online: How to
Create Your Own Family History Web Site. Nashville,
Tennessee: Rutledge Press, 2003.
- Jacobson, Judy. History for Genealogists: Using
Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors.
Baltimore, Md: Clearfield, 2009.
History lays the foundation to understand a group of people.
Genealogy lays the foundation to understand a person or
family using tangible historic evidence.
- Jacobus, Donald Lines. Genealogy as Pastime and
Profession. 2d rev. edition 1968. Reprinted, Baltimore:
Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986.
- Johnson, Richard S. How to Locate Anyone Who Is or Has
Been in the Military: Armed Forces Locator Directory. 8th
edition. Burlington, North Carolina: MIE Publishing, 1999.
Addresses of veterans organizations and information about
locating military records.
- Jones, Henry Z. Psychic Roots. Baltimore, Maryland:
Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1993.
- Kaminkow, Marion J. Genealogies in the Library of
Congress: A Bibliography. 2 vols. Baltimore: Magna Carta,
1972. Supplement, 1972-1976. 1977. Supplement, 1976-1986. 1986.
List of family histories and genealogies in the Library of
Congress as of 1986.
- Kaminkow, Marion J. United States Local Histories in the
Library of Congress: A Bibliography. 4 vols. Baltimore:
Magna Carta, 1975. Supplement with index to 5 vols. 1976. List
of local histories in the Library of Congress as of 1976.
- Kemp, Thomas Jay. The American Census Handbook.
Wilmington, Delware: Scholarly Resources, 2000.
- Kemp, Thomas Jay. International Vital Records Handbook.
4th edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000.
Offers a collection of vital records application forms from
nations throughout the world, and information for each of the
- Kirkham, E. Kay. A Handy Guide to Record Searching in the
Larger Cities of the United States. Logan, Utah: Everton
Publishers, 1974. Much of the material is outdated, but provides
information on historic political wards of cities.
- Kirkham, E. Kay. A Survey of American Church Records:
Major Denominations before 1880. Volume 1. Logan, Utah:
Everton Publishers, 1971.
- Kirkham, E. Kay. A Survey of American Church Records:
Minor Denominations. Volume 2. Logan, Utah: Everton
- Law, Hugh T. How to Trace Your Ancestors to Europe.
Salt Lake City, Cottonwood Books, 1989.
- Leary, Helen F.M. North Carolina Research: Genealogy and
Local History. 2d edition. Raleigh: North Carolina
Genealogical Society, 1996. Excellent guidance for more than
just North Carolina research.
- McClure, Rhonda R. Finding Your Famous [& Infamous}
Ancestors: Uncover the Celebrities, Rogues, and Royals in Your
Family Tree. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2003.
- Meyer, Mary K. Meyer's Directory of Genealogical
Societies in the U.S. and Canada. 9th edition. Mount Airy,
- Meyerink, Kory L. Printed Sources: A Guide to Published
Genealogical Records. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1998.
Excellent research guide.
- Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence! Citation & Analysis for
the Family Historian. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical
Publishing Co., 1997. Excellent resource for those wanting
correct source citations.
- Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing
History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Baltimore:
Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2007. Will help you cite
correctly the sources used in writing a family history.
- Mills, Elizabeth Shown, editor. Professional Genealogy: A
Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and
Librarians. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing
Co., 2004, 2001.
- Mills, Elizabeth Show. QuickSheet: Citing Online
Historical Sources. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical
Publishing Co., 2005. 8.5"x 11", 4pp. A template for citing
historical sources on the Internet. Contains a series of sample
citations showing the correct way to identify online sources
such as databases, census images, and digital books and
- Microfilm Resources for Research: A Comprehensive Catalog.
Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration,
- National Archives and Records Administration. Guide to
Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States.
3 volumes. Washington: NARA, 1995.
- National Archives and Records Administration. Guide to
Genealogical Research in the National Archives. Rev.
edition. Washington: National Archives Trust Fund Board [NATFB],
- National Genealogical Society. Family Group Sheets.
Available from the NGS Bookstore. Family group sheet
illustrated in the lesson and sold by the National Genealogical
- Neagles, James C. and Lila Lee Neagles. Locating Your
Immigrant Ancestor: A Guide to Naturalization Records.
Logan, Utah: Everton Publishing Co., 1975.
- Newman, John J. American Naturalization Processes and
Procedures, 1790-1985. Indianapolis: Family History Section,
Indiana Historical Society, 1985.
- Parker, J. Carlyle. Going to Salt Lake City to Do Family
History Research. 3rd. edition. Turlock, California:
Marietta Publishing Co., 1996.
- PERSI: Periodical Source Index. CD-ROM. Salt Lake
City: Allen County Public Library and Ancestry, 1999.
Comprehensive index to genealogical and local history
periodicals. A multivolume printed edition can be found in some
- Pfeiffer, Laura Szucs. Hidden Sources: Family History in
Unlikely Places. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 2000. Includes
information on what can be found in the more unusual sources and
how to locate them.
- Porter, Pamela Boyer. Online Roots, How to Discover Your
Family's History & Heritage with the Power of the Internet.
Nashville, Tennessee: Rutledge Hill Press, 2003. Excellent
resource for combining electronic and traditional sources.
- Renick, Barbara. Genealogy 101. Nashville, Tennessee:
Rutledge Hill Press, 2003.
- Rising, Marsha Hoffman. The Family Tree Problem Solver:
Proven Methods for Scaling the Inevitable Brick Wall. Family
Tree Books, 2005.
- Roberts, Gary Boyd. The Best Genealogical Sources in
Print: Essays by Gary Boyd Roberts. Volume 1. Boston: New
England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004. Lists sources and
what you can expect to find in them. Great for sources not found
- Rose, Christine, and Kay Germain Ingalls. The Complete
Idiot's Guide to Genealogy. 2nd edition. New York: Alpha
Books, 2005. A good beginner's guide and good source for
- Rose, Christine. Courthouse Research for Family
Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures. CR
- Rubincam, Milton. Pitfalls in Genealogical Research.
Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1987.
- Salmon, Marylynn. Women and the Law of Property in Early
America. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: The University of
North Carolina Press, 1986.
- Sayre, Pamela Boyer. Paths to Your Past: A Guide to
Finding Your Ancestors. Arlington, VA: National Genealogical
Society, 2009. A beginner's guide to family history research.
- Schaefer, Christina K. Guide to Naturalization Records of
the United States. Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co.,
- Shammas, Carol, et. al. Inheritance in America from
Colonial Times to the Present. New Brunswick, New Jersey:
Rutgers University Press, 1987.
- Smith, Juliana Szucs Smith. The Ancestry Family
Historian's Address Book: A Comprehensive List of Local, State,
and Federal Agencies and Institutions, and Ethnic and
Genealogical Organizations. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997.
This comprehensive volume includes resources for "online"
researchers and for those who conduct "traditional" research
on-site and through correspondence. A comprehensive list of
Local, State, and Federal Agencies and Institutions; Ethnic and
Genealogical organizations. This book presents a variety of ways
to contact these groups to provide quick, accurate assistance as
you strive to know more.
- Smolenyak, Megan Smolenyak. Honoring Our Ancestors:
Inspiring Stories of the Quest for Our Roots. Orem, Utah:
Ancestry Publishing Co., 2002.
- The Source, a Guidebook of American Genealogy. Edited
by Arlene Eakle & Johni Cerny. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry
- Sperry, Kip. A Guide to Mormon Family History Sources.
Provo, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2007. It contains chapters on
the history of the Mormon church; beginning research; indexes,
finding aids, and guides; compiled and printed sources; original
records; migration, emigration, and immigration records;
computer resources and databases; Internet sites; and
periodicals, as well as an extensive bibliography.
- Sperry, Kip. Reading Early American Handwriting.
Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1998.
- Stevenson, Noel C. Genealogical Evidence: A Guide to the
Standard of Proof Relating to Pedigrees, Ancestry, Heirship, and
Family History. Rev. edition. Laguna Hills, California:
Aegean Park Press, 1989.
- Sturdevant, Katherine Scott. Bringing Your Family History
to Life Through Social History. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway
Books, 2000. Excellent guidance for putting ancestors in
- Szucs, Loretto Dennis. They Became Americans: Finding
Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins. Salt Lake City:
Ancestry, 1998. Discussion of the naturalization process and
strategies for locating naturalization records, with a detailed
listing of naturalization records held by each National Archives
- Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. The
Archives, A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches.
Salt Lake City Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 1988.
- Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. The
Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy. 3rd. edition.
Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2006. Chapters by 16 leading
genealogists. It is a great resource with basic information on a
wide variety of record types including vital records.
- Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Matthew Wright. Finding Answers
in U.S. Census Records. Salk Lake City: Ancestry, 2001.
Includes extraction forms for 1790-1930.
- Thorndale, William, and William Dollarhide. Map Guide to
the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920. Baltimore, Maryland:
Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987.
- U.S. Library of Congress. Genealogies Cataloged by the
Library of Congress Since 1986. Washington, D.C.: Library of
Congress, 1992. List of genealogies added to the Library of
Congress collection since 1986.
- U.S. National Archives and Records Service. Guide to
Genealogical Research in the National Archives. Washington,
D.C.: National Archives Trust Fund, 1983.
- Virkus, Frederick A. Compendium of American Genealogy 7
Vols. [S.l.]: [s.n.], 1987. The family history records in
these volumes reference over 288,000 individuals and provide
broad coverage of who's who in early America.
- Walls, Desmond. First Steps in Genealogy: A Beginners
Guide to Researching Your Family History. Betterway
- Ward Maps of United States Cities. Washington, D.C.:
Library of Congress, 1975?
- Yoshpe, Harry P., compiler. Preliminary Inventory of the Land-entry Papers of the General Land Office. Inventory No. 22. Washington, D.C., Government Printing Office, 1949.