on July 18, 2006
In one volume a myriad of other sources are referenced, state by state, county by county. This is a book that can tell you where to go to find historical genealogical records. Since that varies state to state and county to county, it is a great help to know what is available, where it is available, and how to make the contact. Well worth the price!!
on January 25, 2009
Most of the information contained in this book could be collected by searching the Internet but why spend time figuring out the correct URL or making long distance calls when the information you are looking for is contained in a single desktop reference?
Information covers all 50 states in the U.S. Quickly locate county seats, location of records by type, tips on requesting copies and visiting repositories, noteable quirks in regional documentation and what information may be missing because of damage or fire.
The latest edition was printed in 2004, old by Internet standards. Fortunately historical records don't move around frequently. I wouldn't count on every URL, address or phone number listed to be complete or accurate at this point in time but it is a good starting point.
Comparable to and less expensive than Ancestry's Red Book. A good resource for any serious hobbiest.
on May 1, 2012
Well organized reference book including some resources not easily found on the Internet. Includes contact information for state archives, historical societies, records for military, probate, immigration, census and vital records. Each state's entry also includes a bibliography. There is a disturbing omission (not the fault of this book): Southern states such as Alabama and Mississippi do not appear to have dedicated archives specifically for slavery records. The only records of slaves appear on the Federal Slave Schedules for 1850 and 1860.