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The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America (9th Edition) Hardcover – June 15, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Handybook for Genealogists
  • Hardcover: 619 pages
  • Publisher: Everton Publishers Inc; 9th edition (June 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890895032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890895037
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,281,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very comprehensive reference book for genealogy work.
J. N. Smith
The book is a treasure trove, in that it gives you all of the contact information you need to get in touch with various information sources.
Dan Sherman
Excellent information for anyone searching for their family history, I highly recommend this book.
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191 of 195 people found the following review helpful By DearMYRTLE on September 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Walter M. Everton was the first compiler of the original edition HANDYBOOK in 1945. This reference book lists each state and all counties that ever existed there with details including:
Name, map index reference number, date created, population per latest census, dates US Census Reports available, parent county or territory from which organized, county seat including zip code (for requesting copies of documents),
As an example, I learned that Carroll County, MD, created in 1837 from Baltimore and Frederick Counties. It's county seat is Westminister, zip code 21157. The Clerk of the Circuit Court has the marriage records from 1837-1900 not indexed, from 1900 indexed, divorce, civil court and land records from 1837.
Reading about the state of Maryland as a whole, I learned that the Division of Vital Records and Statistics, Department of Health located at 201 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 issues copies of birth, marriage and death records. Birth records begin 1898. Marriage records begin 1 June 1951. Wills are in the register of wills for each county.
There are also listings of genealogical archives, libraries, societies and publications, along with dates for each available census index.
The line drawings of each state with current counties might be useful to illustrate a family's location in the area for your family history notebooks.
From their advertising circular: "Information that researchers need for America includes records available in each county, current information includes: address and telephone numbers for country clerks, 56 color maps of each state and trails! 124 emigration trail descriptions. Illustrates rivers and lakes.
I wouldn't steer you wrong of this one!
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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Dan Sherman VINE VOICE on August 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is an absolutely wonderful sourcebook for working with various governent records (Federal, state, and county) for geneology. It tells you very precisely what type of records are available over what time for individual jusrisdictions. It is really quite amazing, for example, to find out the specific years that land title information is available for a specific county. The book is a treasure trove, in that it gives you all of the contact information you need to get in touch with various information sources.
Just an amazing book! This is a great book to have.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
For several decades, one of the first books a new (or newly serious) genealogist was likely to purchase has been _Everton's Handybook._ It first appeared in 1947 with only a couple hundred pages of contact information, but it was an almost immediate success and the first nine editions have sold more than 1,000,000 copies. My own copy of the 6th edition (published in 1971), filled with paperclips and bookmarks, sat next to my old manual typewriter, where I wrote letters of inquiry to county clerks and probate offices all over the country. In its essentials, this latest edition hasn't changed from its predecessors - but there's certainly a whole lot more of it!

The book's organization continues what we've been used to. Each state's chapter (the District of Columbia is here, too) begins with a brief overview of its history and governmental organization, followed by a lengthy list of societies, libraries, and other records repositories, and then a newly updated and expanded topically organized subject bibliography. Then comes the list of counties, each with date of formation and parent county, the full official address, phone number, and web site address (new to this edition), and details on which record groups are available for what time-spans. A simplified color map clearly shows county boundaries, rivers, and a few major cities. Border counties of adjacent states are also usefully shown, but not highways, railroads, or county seats, which I could wish had been included. A blank page for notes at the end of each chapter may encourage the user to record updates of contact information.

Following the U.S. section are similar chapters for nineteen selected foreign countries, all European or English-speaking (Canada, Australia, and New Zealand), plus Mexico.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Hills on July 3, 2012
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This book was recommended highly by the staff at DAR Headquarters in Washington DC as must have research book on your desk top at all times in doing genealogical research. I use it every day in reference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. N. Smith on June 6, 2010
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Very comprehensive reference book for genealogy work. If you don't know which agency to contact to find records, this is the manual to have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martie on May 18, 2009
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Good book to have for reference while doing genealogist research. I find the state maps showing the counties especially interesting....very easy to read and gives one an idea where the area is. Also the county seat listings and addresses are helpful..Worth the money which is quite reasonable for a nice book like this. I purchased a used library copy which was like new and cheaper than new.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K J Bedford on August 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I love this book; it is a wealth of information that is not easily found anywhere else! Unfortunately, I am in the middle of a move and my copy is packed away in storage. If you spend long hours pouring over family history details, buy this book.
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