Genealogy Books – Reference

Reference Books


Unofficial Workbook: A How-To Manual for Tracing Your Family Tree on the 1 Genealogy Website by Nancy Hendrickson
The easiest thing to say about this one is that it only took their first five pages regarding the Search to help me breakdown a major brick wall on the paternal side of my family. Using the book for its intended purpose as a workbook, I was following along using my paternal grandfather’s family line as my example. I managed to find my 4th great-grandfather in Ireland, who was previously unknown. Turns out he was from the Smithfield neighborhood in Dublin City.
The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook by Thomas MacEntee
An excellent reference guide for shaping up your genealogy research.  I personally opted to not start completely from scratch and do more of a “Go Over” rather than a “Do Over” and created a fresh tree in my Legacy software program. A great guide for a researcher who wants to refresh/update their already existing research.
The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. 3rd Edition by Val D. Greenwood
I was first introduced to this book as a textbook in a Genealogy course that I took a few years ago.  It is a very handy reference book and is now dog-eared, with many little post-it flags stuck to the pages for quick reference.
Unofficial Guide to How to Find Your Family History on the Largest Free Genealogy Website by Dana McCullough
Another handy guide to the other biggest genealogy website around (see guide above). is such a comprehensive website that having a guide on how to conduct searches will lead you to areas of the website you didn’t know about and allow you to stay focused on what you are looking for.  Particularly useful for beginners to intermediate researchers.
The Family Tree Problem Solver: Tried-and-True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors
A good source for ideas on how to work around your research roadblocks. This is a good resource for an intermediate researcher who is looking for alternative ideas on how to move their research forward.
Organizing Your Family History Search: Efficient & Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical Research
101 of the Best Free Websites for Climbing Your Family Tree (Genealogy)
Guide to Wolfram|Alpha for Genealogy and Family History Research
The ABCs of Gravestone Symbols: Every Gravestone Tells a Story
Project Management Absolute Beginner’s Guide
Guide to DNA Testing: How to Identify Ancestors, Confirm Relationships, and Measure Ethnic Ancestry through DNA Testing
Unofficial Guide to How to Find Your Family History on the No. 1 Genealogy Website
The Genealogist’s U.S. History Pocket Reference: Quick Facts & Timelines of American History to Help Understand Your Ancestors
The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America (10th Edition)
Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources, Third Edition
Nicknames: Past and Present
The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy (Third Edition)
Finding Your Father’s War: A Practical Guide to Researching and Understanding Service in the World War II U.S. Army
Searching for Your Ancestors: The How and Why of Genealogy
Ancestry’s Concise Genealogical Dictionary