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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
Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources, Third Edition
"Comprehensive guide to sources arranged by location."
This item has been superseded by the Third Edition, please refer to ISBN 9780806320175
This item has been superseded by the Third Edition, please refer to ISBN 9780806320175
"The new second edition now includes more coverage regarding citing online sources including blogs.  To be kept at one's fingertips."
Your Guide to the Federal Census
Your Guide to the Federal Census
"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."
Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920
Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920
"Boundaries changed frequently in the 18th and 19th century.  Know where your ancestor was before you begin your search and avoid frustration."
Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures
Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures
"This book helps explain how to get at the treasure trove of data that exists in courthouses."
International Vital Records Handbook. 5th Edition
International Vital Records Handbook. 5th Edition
"This book lists which jurisdiction to contact for vital records in the USA and worldwide."
U.S. Military Records: A Guide to Federal & State Sources, Colonial America to the Present
U.S. Military Records: A Guide to Federal & State Sources, Colonial America to the Present
"Comprehensive guide."
Family Tree Problem Solver
Family Tree Problem Solver
"For the intermediate to advanced genealogist, this books illustrates well-reasoned methodology to solve common but difficult problems."
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...)
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...)
"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."
State Census Records
State Census Records
"Not just the Federal government conducted censuses.  Tap into the genealogical information to be found in state censuses."
Reading Early American Handwriting
Reading Early American Handwriting
"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."
Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records
Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records
"Comprehensive list of sources.  Be sure to buy the latest edition."
History for Genealogists: Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors
History for Genealogists: Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors
"Typhoid struck the village in 1902?  Indians attacked in 1689? This book helps to add context to your family history."
Organizing Your Family History Search: Efficient & Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical Research
Organizing Your Family History Search: Efficient & Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical Research
The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy (Third Edition)
The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy (Third Edition)
"Comprehensive reference book."
The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America (10th Edition)
The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America (10th Edition)
"Comprehensive reference book."
The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual
The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual
"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."
Quicksheet Citing Online Historical Resources
Quicksheet Citing Online Historical Resources
"Laminated so you can take it with you on the road."
Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History
Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History
"A recent book by the legendary Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (yes that's her real name)."
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