- About.com Genealogy
- Has tips, discussion groups, and weekly articles on genealogy.
- Allen, Desmond Walls. Beginner's Guide to Family History
Research. 3rd edition. Bryant, Arkansas: Research
- Allen, Desmond Walls. First Steps in Genealogy: A
Beginner's Guide to Researching Your Family History.
Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 1998.
- Allen, George. Our Family History & Records: A
Do-It-Yourself Kit for Family Trees. Orefield, Pennsylvania:
Associated Specialties Company, 1992.
Amazon.com Beginner Genealogy Books.
Ancestors. Originally part of a PBS series, this site
provides information on how to conduct research and links to
family history resources on the web.
Ancestry.com - Learning Center
- Arnold, Jackie Smith. Kinship: It's All Relative,
Expanded. 2nd edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical
Publishing Co., 2000.
Awesome Genealogical Tips from Awesome Genealogy. Tips for
beginning genealogists and researchers.
Beginner's Guide to Family History Research. Desmond Walls
Allen and Carolyn Earle Billingsley.
Beginners Guide to the Internet
- Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. The Genealogist's Address Book.
Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., [periodically revised]
- Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. County Courthouse Book.
Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., [periodically revised]
Best Websites for Helping Genealogists. This web site,
provided by the National Association of Government Archives and
Records Administrators (NARAGA) is a portal providing web-based
resources to assist genealogists.
- Boice, Trina and Tracy Long. Climbing Family Trees --
Whispers in the Leaves. Provo, Utah: Spring Creek Book
Books - Publications: Genealogical Materials. Family
Genealogy or Family History products and services needed for
preparation, publication and distribution of compiled records,
with related family materials.
- Branching Out Online
- A good tutorial to learn about online genealogy techniques for
- Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. Organizing Your Family
History: Efficient & Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your
Genealogical Research. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books,
- Cerny, Johni. Ancestry's Guide to Research: Case Studies
in American Genealogy. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry Inc.,
- Chamberlin, David C. The Conceptual Approach to
Genealogy. Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, c1998.
- Clifford, Karen. The Complete Beginner's Guide to
Genealogy, The Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program.
Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002, 2000.
Excellent beginner's guide.
Common Research Wrong Turns. By George G. Morgan on
Computer - Internet - Software: Genealogy Programs Support.
Computer and Internet resources for the experienced computer
user, genealogist, family historian, or Newbie just beginning to
learn about the Internet.
- 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 Sleuth Book for Genealogists.
Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000, 2008 reprint.
- Croom, Emily Anne. Unpuzzling Your Past: A Basic Guide to
Genealogy. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1995.
- Croom, Emily Anne. Unpuzzling Your Past: the
Best-Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy. Cincinnati, Ohio:
Betterway Books, c2001.
- Curran, Joan Ferris, Madilyn Coen Crane, and John H. Wray.
Numbering Your Genealogy: Basic Systems, Complex Families,
and International Kin. Arlington, Virginia: National
Genealogical Society, 2000.
- Dollarhide, William. Genealogy Research Forms. North
Salt Lake, Utah: Heritage Creations, 1987-2004.
- Dollarhide, William. Genealogy Starter Kit. 2nd
edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994.
- Dollarhide, William. Getting Started in Genealogy.
2nd edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co.,
- Dollarhide, William. Getting Started in Genealogy Online.
Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2006.
- Dollarhide, William. Managing a Genealogical Project.
Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999.
- Earnest, Corinne. The What Shall I Write Handbook for
Editors of Family and Genealogy Society Newsletters.
Clayton, Delaware: Earnest Associates.
- Earnest, Corinne and Russell Earnest. Proof Before You
Publish! 21 Checklists for Proofreading Genealogy Publications.
Clayton, Delaware: Earnest Associates.
Island Database One-Step Search Tools. This site presents an
overview of search forms to use, and assists searches of the
Ellis Island immigration databases.
- Emmel, Ruth. Let's Plant a Family Tree: How to Start
Your Genealogy Resarch. Cape Coral, Florida: Lee County
Genealogical Society, 2007. In addition to basic background
information, this seventy-one page book, designed especially for
young people, is full of forms and pages of questions that they
will need to get started with their genealogical research
- Encyclopedia of Genealogy
- The Encyclopedia of Genealogy serves as a compendium of
genealogical tools and techniques. It provides reference
information about everything in genealogy except people.
Chronicle - In the VERY Beginning. Halvor Moorshead presents
a step-by-step guide for beginners.
- Family Research.
Online help for beginners.
Finding Your Ancestors on the Internet. By Kimberly Powell.
First Steps in Family History. From the Federation of Family
First Steps in Genealogy. From the Greene County Public
5 Steps to Getting Started on Your Family History. From
- Fleming, Ann Carter. The Organized Family Historian: How
to File, Manage, and Protect Your Genealogical Research and
Heirlooms. Nashville, Tennessee: Rutledge Hill Press, 2004.
- Friddle, Ava, Judy Andrews, Kristen Hamilton, with Joe
Bardin. Back to the Beginning: Remarkable True Stories of
Adoption Searches and Reunions. Scottsdale, AZ: Research
GenealogicalStudies.com. Web-based certificate program in
genealogical studies. The program is delivered entirely over the
Internet. Specialize in the records of Canada, England, Germany,
Ireland, Scotland, and the United States.
Genealogy. Links to genealogy research tools, guidance, and
Detective. Links to genealogy research tools, guidance, and
Genealogy Encyclopedia. When tracing an ancestry it is
common to encounter records filled with obsolete, archaic, or
legal terms that can be difficult to interpret. Misinterpreting
these terms can make the difference between linking persons to
the right generation, parents, spouse or children. Understanding
exactly what is stated in any record is vital before attempting
to move to the next generation. Inexperienced or impatient
genealogists undervalue the quality of their research by
applying present-day definitions to documents created in an
earlier century. Take the time to use the glossaries provided
here and other excellent dictionaries, genealogical reference
books and encyclopedias to interpret documents correctly.
Genealogy for Beginners. Some tips before you start.
for Beginners On and Off Line. Instructional guide with
Genealogy-How To. From Kenton County Public Library,
Genealogy Knowledgebase. Tools to aid the beginning
researcher in this very addictive hobby.
Genealogy 101. Ann Sharp originally posted this letter to
Roots-L, a genealogy based e-mail service, on November 22, 1995,
in answer to someone who inquired about how to get started on
the road to genealogy.
Genealogy Research Associates. Free On-line Lessons - The Great
Ancestral Hunt. Seven courses from Karen Clifford.
Genealogy Research for Beginners. How to start your family
tree, learn about family history and find your ancestors. Free
printable genealogical charts and forms, understanding census
Genealogy Tips and Guidelines for Beginners. From
Genealogical Journeys in Time.
Genealogy Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid. Ten key mistakes that
you will want to avoid in order to make your search a successful
and pleasant experience.
- Genealogy Today.
This site provides news, links, and tools for genealogists.
Genealogy University. Offer tutorials on a variety of topics
suitable for all genealogists from beginning to advanced.
- Genealogy.com. Offers
tips on starting genealogical research, web links, and a 470
million-name searchable database.
Gen-Newbie Started as an electronic mailing list for people
who were new to computers and/or genealogy, to ask questions,
help others, and generally share information, research
techniques, brick walls, and computer/genealogy woes.
- Getting Started in
Genealogy and Family History. From GENUKI - UK and Irish
- Gormley, Myra Vanderpool and Tana Pedersen Lord. The
Official Guide to Rootsweb.com. Provo, Utah: Ancestry
Publishing, 2007. This guide explains in detail all of the
features of Rootsweb.com.
- Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher's Guide to American
Genealogy. 3rd edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing
Co., 2000. Classic guide.
- 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. Producing a Quality Family
History. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, c1996.
- Hinckley, Kathleen W. Locating Lost Family Members &
Friends: Modern Genealogical Research Techniques for Locating
the People of Your Past and Present. Cincinnati: Betterway
The History Slice - Getting Started. From Robin Sowton.
- How to ..
From the Australian Family History Compendium.
How to Begin Tracing Your Family Tree. From the About.com
Introduction to Genealogy: An Online Course. The National
Genealogical Society's online course for beginners.
- Is that Lineage Right? Washington, D.C.: National
Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, c1982.
Training manual for the examiner of lineage papers with hints
for beginners on genealogical research.
- Jacobson, Judy. A Pocket Guide for Genealogists.
2nd edition. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Co., Inc., 2003, 2007
- 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.
- Kirkham, E. Kay. Land, Military & Census Records of
America. 2nd edition. Provo, Utah: Stephenson's Genealogy
- 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.
Life on the Net - Genealogy. This is a guide to using the
internet for researching your family origins. You do not have to
be an expert in either genealogy or the online world, just
interested in both.
- Lineage Web.
From Mike Mullins at Genealogy Today.
- Local History and
Genealogy Reading Room. This Library of Congress (LC) site
offers information on conducting genealogical research at the
- McClure, Rhonda R. Finding Your Famous [& Infamous}
Ancestors: Uncover the Celebrities, Rogues, and Royals in Your
Family Tree. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2003.
- McHugh, Richard H. Death Matters: History, Humor,
Advice. Westminister, MD: Heritage Books, 2008.
- Melynk, Marcia D. Yannizze. Family History 101: A
Beginner's Guide to Finding Your Ancestors. Cincinnati,
Ohio: Family Tree Books, 2005.
- Meyerink, Kory L. Printed Sources: A Guide to Published
Genealogical Records. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1998.
- 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.
- Morgan, George G. How to Do Everything with Your
Genealogy. Berkeley, California: McGraw-Hill. Osborne,
- Morgan, George G. The Official Guide to Ancestry.com.
Provo, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2007. Explains how to work
with ditized image collections, examines the various databases
at Ancestry.com, and offers search strategies.
My History is America's History. Presented by the National
Endowment for the Humanities Millennium Project, this site
encourages visitors to find their family's place in history.
- National Archives and Records Administration. Guide to
Genealogical Research in the National Archives. Rev.
edition. Washington: National Archives Trust Fund Board [NATFB],
Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For genealogists
and family historians.
National Genealogical Society. This web site for a national
genealogical association provides "How to get started" guidance
and a virtual library.
National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution.
Provides resources for genealogists including an online catalog.
Newbies Helping Newbies. We are a group of friends living in
Forbes, NSW, Australia, who decided to get together and share
our knowledge of computers. It is co-incidental that all of us
are interested in genealogy, so this site has evolved as a site
for those new to computers, the internet and genealogy.
- Parker, J. Carlyle. Going to Salt Lake City to Do Family
History Research. 3rd. edition. Turlock, California:
Marietta Publishing Co., 1996.
Genealogy. This guide describes ways for people to start
researching their genealogy.
- Reeder, Josh. Indexing Genealogy Publications.
Clayton, Delaware: Earnest Associates.
Research Aids for the Family Historian. From the Gene Pool.
Researching Your Family Tree. From Debbie Duay.
- Renick, Barbara. Genealogy 101. Nashville: Rutledge
Hill Press, 2003.
ROOTS-L Resources: Info and Tips for Beginning Genealogy.
- RootsWeb Guide
to Tracing Family Trees
- 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
references. New edition includes chapters on the Internet and
DNA testing as well as URLs for Web sites, suggestions for
performing productive searches, and newer research aids.
- Rubincam, Milton. Pitfalls in Genealogical Research.
Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1987.
San Antonio Public Library - Texana/Genealogy. Information
on preserving family photographs, personal papers, and other
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.
Schools - Colleges - Universities. Alumni and Genealogy
Education. Worldwide comprehensive resource of educational
institutions, past and present students, alumni, associations,
faculty, friends and military personnel.
Smith, Franklin Carter and Emily Anne Croom. A Genealogist's
Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors.
Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003, 2008 reprint.
Sources of Genealogical Information.
- Spaltro, Kathleen. Genealogy and Indexing. Medford,
New Jersey: American Society of Indexers, 2003.
Starting from Scratch. From Jill Syers Clark,
Sue's Genealogy Recipes. "Recipes" for success with your
family tree research from Sue Marie Hillier Roe.
Suggestions for Tracing Your Family Tree. From the State
Historical Society of Missouri.
- 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. The Source: A Guidebook to
American Genealogy. Rev. edition. Salt Lake City: Ancestry,
1997. Chapters by 16 leading genealogists.
- 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
Things I Hate and Love about Genealogy and Family History.
- This and
That Genealogy Tips
- Tips and
Tricks for the Beginner - Genealogy 101. By
Charles F. Kerchner, Jr.
Maps - "How to Do" genealogy.
26 Genealogy Tips to Get You Started. Robert E. Bickham.
What Are Archives? From the Archives Center of the National
Museum of American History.