20 Essential Genealogy Books

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The list author says: "These titles are considered the foundation of a genealogist's library."
Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources, Third Edition
1.  Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources, Third Edition by William Dollarhide
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  "Comprehensive guide to sources arranged by location."
$38.45   Used & New from: $21.94
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition
2.  Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition by Elizabeth Shown Mills
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  "The new second edition now includes more coverage regarding citing online sources including blogs.  To be kept at one's fingertips."
$48.51   Used & New from: $40.43
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

Your Guide to the Federal Census
3.  Your Guide to the Federal Census by Kathleen W. Hinckley
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  "For a few dollars, take your use of the census to a new level.  There is much more to glean from the records than meets the eye."
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Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920
4.  Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 by William Thorndale
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  "Boundaries changed frequently in the 18th and 19th century.  Know where your ancestor was before you begin your search and avoid frustration."
$55.45   Used & New from: $41.99
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures
5.  Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures by Christine Rose
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  "This book helps explain how to get at the treasure trove of data that exists in courthouses."
$17.95   Used & New from: $13.06
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

International Vital Records Handbook. 5th Edition
6.  International Vital Records Handbook. 5th Edition by Thomas Jay Kemp
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  "This book lists which jurisdiction to contact for vital records in the USA and worldwide."
$45.13   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

U.S. Military Records: A Guide to Federal & State Sources, Colonial America to the Present
7.  U.S. Military Records: A Guide to Federal & State Sources, Colonial America to the Present by James C. Neagles
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  "Comprehensive guide."
$30.46   Used & New from: $10.00
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Family Tree Problem Solver
8.  Family Tree Problem Solver by Marsha Hoffman Rising
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  "For the intermediate to advanced genealogist, this books illustrates well-reasoned methodology to solve common but difficult problems."
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A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Immigrant & Ethnic Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage (Genealogist's Guides to Discovering Your Ancestor...)
9.  A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Immigrant & Ethnic Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage (Genealogist's Guides to Discovering Your Ancestor...) by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
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  "Used as a text book at the prestigious Boston University Genealogical Program, "Carmack" is a must have for everyone as it covers immigration from the 1600s through 20th century."
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State Census Records
10.  State Census Records by Ann S. Lainhart
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  "Not just the Federal government conducted censuses.  Tap into the genealogical information to be found in state censuses."
$19.95   Used & New from: $0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Reading Early American Handwriting
11.  Reading Early American Handwriting by Kip Sperry
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  "Long s or f?  The use of abbreviations in old handwriting.  This book will help you decipher the family clues that await you in old documents."
$31.35   Used & New from: $30.18
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records
12.  Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records by Kory Meyerink
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  "Comprehensive list of sources.  Be sure to buy the latest edition."
$36.85   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

History for Genealogists: Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors
13.  History for Genealogists: Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors by Judy Jacobson
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  "Typhoid struck the village in 1902?  Indians attacked in 1689? This book helps to add context to your family history."
$31.35   Used & New from: $27.00
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Organizing Your Family History Search: Efficient & Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical Research
14.  Organizing Your Family History Search: Efficient & Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical Research by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
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The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy (Third Edition)
15.  The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy (Third Edition) by Loretto Dennis Szucs
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  "Comprehensive reference book."
$49.86   Used & New from: $27.57
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America (10th Edition)
16.  The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America (10th Edition) by R. Craig Hansen
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  "Comprehensive reference book."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual
17.  The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual by Board for Certification of Genealogists
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  "You hear genealogists refer to the Genealogical Proof Standard.  Learn how to meet the standard in this short but important guide.  Wait for the reprint."
$15.06   Used & New from: $7.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

Quicksheet Citing Online Historical Resources
18.  Quicksheet Citing Online Historical Resources by Elizabeth Shown Mills
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  "Laminated so you can take it with you on the road."
$8.06   Used & New from: $4.76
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History
19.  Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History by Megan Smolenyak
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  "A recent book by the legendary Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (yes that's her real name)."
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