The Big List of Beginner Genealogy How-To Guides

July 6, 2012 at 7:10 am | Posted in Foundational Genealogy, Genealogy Reference Books | Leave a comment
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As you may have noticed, I’m a big fan of genealogy how-to books.  I like them so much because there is so much to learn in genealogy any assistance I can find is most welcome. To that end, you may have seen my blog posts on The Source, The Family Tree Problem Solver, and on maps in The Red Book.  All of these are excellent reference guides.

But there’s nothing like a handy professionally-collected bibliography of beginner how-to books to get one planning a trip to the library.  I found such a nifty guide the other day on the Midwest Genealogy Center’s website.  It is a neat bibliography of beginner how-to books entitled, How-To Guides for Beginning Genealogists.  You can access it here.

Organized alphabetically by author and sorted by “Books” and “Periodicals,” it’s a great beginner guide and excellent reference tool for the rest of us.  But wait! There’s more.  If you happen to be able to visit MGC (Midwest Genealogy Center) in Independence, Mo, the compilers of this list have included the handy-dandy Dewey Decimal number for each of the books.  Finding the books couldn’t be easier.

Finally, the compilers have annotated the list by marking their favorite books.  One happens to be Unpuzzling Your Past by Emily Anne Croom, which interestingly, was the very first genealogy book I ever bought.  I suspect that it did its job in getting me started on the right foot because lo these many years later I’m still at it!

Check out the list and let me know if you have a favorite book and why.

And happy researching.


My New Favorite Genealogy “How To” Book

April 21, 2012 at 12:47 am | Posted in Genealogy Reference Books | 3 Comments
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The Family Tree Problem Solver by Marsha Hoffman Rising

The Family Tree Problem Solver by Marsha Hoffman Rising

I have, on occasion, heard the name, Marsha Hoffman Rising, in the context of preeminent genealogists.  But I knew nothing of her work, writings, or professional vitae until I stumbled on this book.  Then, I knew what all of the buzz was about.The Family Tree Problem Solver (Family Tree Books) by Marsha Hoffman Rising is my new genealogy, best friend-type book.  We go everywhere together.  We talk about all of my genealogy problems.  The book, subtitled “tried and true tactics for tracing elusive ancestors,” is an advanced methodology cookbook with techniques and examples for tackling all of the most common “brick walls” we encounter in genealogy.

Before you say “ooh, too complicated” and turn away, hear me out.  Let me give you a couple reasons why this is a must check-out and a great Dear Santa List book, then you decide if it merits your time . Continue Reading My New Favorite Genealogy “How To” Book…

Basic Genealogy Resources Help Beginners Avoid Mistakes

October 26, 2011 at 1:07 am | Posted in Genealogy Reference Books | 1 Comment
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The Source A Guidebook for American Genealogy Research

The Source A Guidebook for American Genealogy Research

I’ve been doing genealogy for about 12 years.  I’ve made every mistake in the book – twice!  You can’t imagine how excited I was when after YEARS of fumbling around I found these resources – now available at most libraries and FREE online.

Don’t walk – run – to the nearest Internet connection or library to put your hands on these before picking up the next ancestor’s trail.

Three basic reference guides designed to answer – what records are out there, what will I find in them, and where are they – are first-reach resources for any genealogist.

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