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Getting Started: The ABCs of Genealogy

The American Census Handbook.
GEN 016.9291 K32am
A key to published census indexes available both in print and online to 1920. Useful to both experienced genealogists and beginners as the information is grouped geographically and by topic including military personnel and ethnic groups.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index, a Consolidated Index to More Than 3,200,000 Biographical Sketches in over 350 Current and Retrospective Biographical Dictionaries.
GEN 920.02 B615
This multi-volume reference set that has been supplemented periodically is essentially a surname index of citations. Each entry, condensed and easily decoded by using the bibliographic and symbol keys, includes a wealth of sources including such publications as Contemporary Authors, The New York Times Biographical Service, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism and Who was Who in World Exploration, etc.
County Courthouse Book.
GEN 347.7302025 B447c
This reference details specifics on obtaining land, naturalization, vital and probate records throughout the 50 states and U.S. territories. Compiled from responses obtained via a mailed questionnaire, it has been written to best assist those sending for information by including mailing addresses and fees.
The Dictionary of Genealogy.
GEN 929.103 F555d
Comprised of two parts, this resource begins with a brief guide to research with an English slant owing to the writer’s experience as a professional genealogist in the U.K. and so will be of particular interest to those of English descent. The dictionary portion makes up the bulk of work and it too reflects a uniquely English orientation. The two sections are linked by numerous cross references.
Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian.
GEN 929.1 M657e
This writing style manual for genealogists is a must for the researcher who desires to carefully document in a manner that avoids confusion and prevents errors of interpretation. The validity of claims made or inferences drawn makes correct and complete citations crucial. Vague, undocumented material cannot be proven and will not stand up to the test of time.
Federal Land Series: A Calendar of Archival Materials on the Land Patents Issued by the United States Government, with Subject, Tract and Name Indexes.
GEN 333.16 S644f
A complex compilation listing Federal Land Office activities from 1788-1814. A mass of data that details how to utilize land records has been condensed into 4 volumes that can reward with a wealth of information not usually found inside the confines of census enumeration.
The Genealogist’s Handbook: Modern Methods for Researching Family History.
GEN 929.1 W952g
This text literally provides an overview of genealogy, not only the how to but also the why. For the computer novice, Chapter 3 will inspire by providing computer basics and advantages, while Chapter 8 will encourage sharing research findings as it teaches recording and writing family history.
The Handy Book for Genealogists: United States of America.
GEN 929.1072073 H236
In this 10th edition, the publishers present an authoritative source of genealogical information useful for anyone researching the county record system of the United States. An Internet web address is also given for every county. Since 1947, this organization has collected and evaluated maps, addresses, land and property, vital records and other holdings from each and every county noting locality changes through the years to best track an elusive ancestor. Some major genealogical record sources for some foreign countries are also provided.
International Vital Records Handbook.
GEN 929.1072073 K32i
Contains updated forms and information for vital records for each of the 50 states as well as other countries of the world. Also furnishes details about records that were created prior to state wide vital records registration.
Jacksonville Family Album: 150 Years of the Art of Photography.
FLA 770.975912 J14
Historical picture book transports back in time. While specifically covering early Jacksonville during the time it first became a popular tourist destination, these 574 images capture slices of what life was like in the past that link to universal themes of interest to lovers of history and genealogy alike.
Know Your Ancestors: A Guide to Genealogical Research.
GEN 929.1072 W722k
A methods and procedures guide outlining the study of genealogy, this text was conceived from lecture materials for Family History classes in adult education circa the late 1950’s. Although, created to fill a void at that time, basic instruction in compiling family history remains unchanged today. Sections on the origins of surnames, tracing ancestry in Canada and the British Isles, and heraldic symbols supplement the emphasis on American heritage.
Locating Lost Family Members and Friends: Modern Genealogical Research Techniques for Locating the People of your Past and Present.
GEN 929.1072073 h5591
Written by a genealogist who is also a private investigator, you will learn to conduct research like a detective. This book provides an overview of available twentieth century resources and succinctly describes how to utilize them while staying organized. The net result yields the foundation to delve more deeply into your family tree.
Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920.
GEN 911.73 T498m
Clearly delineates in map form changes in county boundaries, state after state, census year by census year up to 1920. A convenient, easy-to-use ready reference arranged alphabetically by state.
American Naturalization Records, 1790-1990: What They Are and How to Use Them.
GEN 929.373 N553a
By combining all sorts of historical bits and pieces, the author relates how to best obtain immigration data that can be crucial to furthering any genealogical research. The naturalization process is abstracted from its beginnings to the near present. Over the years, legislation and tradition has sometimes varied from state to state making the search for each ancestor an intriguing and specific journey.
County Name Origins of the United States.
GEN 917.3014B369co
A scholarly work with extensive bibliography provided at the end of each chapter organized alphabetically by state, excluding Alaska that consists of numbered districts only. Arising from the author’s personal interest in history and a career as a tax accountant, the pages yield an easy to peruse history of county after county with name origins, heroes and landmarks etc.
Printed Sources: a Guide to Published Genealogical Records.
GEN 016.929373 P957
Intended as a companion to The Source…(annotated below), all manner of printed material available to the family researcher is evaluated. Using the broad topics of background information, finding aids, printed original records and compiled records as chapters, a novice or expert genealogist can turn to a pertinent section for succinct answers to many questions.
The Genealogist's Question & Answer Book.
GEN 929.1 M
This selection provides answers to more than 150 of the most commonly asked genealogy questions. Grouped according to different resources from census and church to immigration, oral histories and more.
Redbook: American State, County and Town Sources.
GEN 929.1072073
Utilizing the expertise of professional researchers, Red Book… presents in one volume the most complete listing of genealogical information for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The section labeled "How to Use This Book" in front gives an overview of contents and usage and where applicable, additional resources are listing under the heading "Background Sources" found under the respective state or territory.
The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy.
GEN 929.1072 S998s
Widely considered the standard primary reference written for all levels of genealogical expertise. Put simply, this book will provide the reader with a comprehensive list of available genealogical resources and how best to access them systematically and efficiently.
They Came in Ships: a Guide to Finding your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record.
GEN 929.1072073 C698t
While taking up the topic of immigration within the context of a ship’s passage, the reader is immersed in the history of voyage to the New World. This third edition covers new sources of information to help meet the demand created by the popular quest for migration and transit records by sail and later steamship.
U.S. Military Records: A Guide to Federal and State Sources, Colonial America to the Present.
GEN 929.30973 N338u
Describes all types of military records; military history resources at the National Archives and other repositories, and published sources pertaining to each state and the U.S. in general.
Ultimate Search Book Worldwide Adoption and Vital Records.
GEN 352.387 C261u
An insightful and careful read that explores controversial issues surrounding family research, legal adoption as well as abductions and privacy or "secrecy" laws in this country and abroad. One of the writer’s objectives is to give tips and pointers to help anyone who’s looking for someone find them with little or no expense.
World War II Military Records: A Family Historian’s Guide.
GEN 940.546773 K74w
The key to deciphering personnel and medical records, casualty reports, WWII draft registrations, burial sites, military honors, unit and ship histories. Includes military, state and federal records, service numbers, national cemeteries, and division reunion associations.
The Beginner’s Guide to Using TaX Lists.
GEN 929.1072073 C319b
This primer illustrates how to make the best genealogical usage of these valuable documents. Differentiates between tax lists and similar records and the laws that applied to them.
Your Guide to the Federal Census for Genealogists, Researchers and Family Historians.
GEN 317.3 h559y
The nuts and bolts of census records explained in step-by-step instructions covering nearly every scenario for tracing family in census records. Includes case studies, appendices, and a glossary of terms.
A To Zax: A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists & Historians.
GEN 929.103 E92a
This compilation consists of thousands of little-used or old-fashioned words and abbreviationsthat you might encounter during your research. Includes nicknames and Dutch given names.