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Genealogists love books. There are many research guides, which help genealogists understand the essence of record types.

Kathleen Hinckley’s census guide provides clues for more effective census research. The Thorndale and Dollarhide book provides maps of each state during the census years. Evidence, by Elizabeth Mills, provides the guidelines for documenting your research. The Porter and Crow book provides hints for effective Internet research. Everton’s Handybook provides the name and address for every courthouse in the country.

This bibliography provides general research guides that can help all genealogists. There are many additional books available as well. To see a more complete list of genealogical books, check any of the online genealogical book dealers or visit these vendors at our Annual Family History Conference.


Board for Certification of Genealogists. The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. Orem, Utah: Ancestry, 2000.

Colletta, John Philip. They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Arrival Record, 3rd edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 2002.

Eichholz, Alice, ed. Ancestry’s Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources, Revised edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 2004.

Everton, George. The Handy Book for Genealogists: United States of America. 10th edition. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishing, 2002.

Fleming, Ann Carter. The Organized Family Historian: How to File, Manage, and Protect Your Genealogical Research and Heirlooms. Nashville, Tennessee: Rutledge      Hill Press, 2004.

Hatcher, Patricia Law. Locating Your Roots: Discover Your Ancestors Using Land Records. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 2003.

Hinckley, Kathleen W. Your Guide to the Federal Census for Genealogists, Researchers, and Family Historians. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 2002.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001.

Neagles, James C. U.S. Military Records: A Guide to Federal and State Sources, Colonial America to the Present. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1998.

Porter, Pamela Boyer, and Amy Johnson Crow. Online Roots: How to Discover Your Family History and Heritage with the Power of the Internet. Nashville, Tennessee:    Rutledge Hill Press. 2003.

Renick, Barbara. Genealogy 101: How to Trace Your Family’s History and Heritage. Nashville, Tennessee: Rutledge Hill Press, 2002.

Rose, Christine. Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures. San Jose, California: CR Publications, 2004.

Szucs, Loretto Dennis. They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1998.

Szucs, Loretto D., and Sandra H. Luebking. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, Revised edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1997.

Thorndale, William, and William Dollarhide. Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790–1920. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992.


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