Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Genealogist's Reference Shelf

The Genealogist’s Reference Shelf[1]

The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, Third Edition, Loretto Dennis Szucs & Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, editors, Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry Incorporated, 2006. ***

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

Unpuzzling Your Past, Emily Croom, Cincinnati: Betterway Publishing, 2001. ***


The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th edition, George Everton, Draper, Utah: Everton Publishers, 200. ***

Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd edition, Alice Eichholz, editor, Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004. ***

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

Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, Elizabeth Shown Mills, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2007. ***

BCG Genealogical Standards Manual, Board for Certification of Genealogists, Washington, D.C.: Board for Certification of Genealogists, 2000. ***

The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. rev., Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.
Software program user’s guide or online help.

A to Zax: A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists & Historians, Barbara Jean Evans, Alexandria, Virginia: Hearthside Press, 1995. ***

Unabridged dictionary
Medical reference book (e.g., Gray’s Anatomy, Mosby’s Medical, Nursing & Allied Health Dictionary) ***
Legal reference book (e.g., Black’s Law)


Organizing Your Family History Search, Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 1999. ***

The Organized Family Historian, Ann Carter Fleming, Nashville, Tennessee: Rutledge Hill Press, 2004.

A Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives of the United States, 3rd edition, Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2001.

Citing Records in the National Archives of the United States, (free)

The Family History Library Catalog resource and help guides, search online at

American Genealogical Research at the DAR, Washington, DC, 2nd Edition, Eric G. Grundset and Steven B. Rhodes, Washington, DC: National Society Daughters or the American Revolution, 2008.

Land & Property Research in the United States, E. Wade Hone, Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry Incorporated, 1997. ***

The Census Book: A Genealogist’s Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules, and Indexes, William Dollarhide, Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1999. ***

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

State Censuses: An Annotated Bibliography of Censuses of Population Taken After the Year 1790 by States and Territories of the United States, Henry J. Dubester, Chief, Census Library Project, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1948 (Reprint Knightstown, Indiana: The Bookmark, 1990). ***

The Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920, William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1987. ***

American Naturalization Records 1790-1990: What They Are and How to Use Them, John J. Newman, Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1999. ***

They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Arrival Record, rev. ed., John P. Colletta, Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 2002. ***

U.S. Military Records: A Guide to Federal and State Sources, Colonial America to the Present, James C. Neagles, Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 1994. ***

*** Available at the Lake County Public Library
[1] “The Genealogist’s Reference Shelf,” Gary Smith and Diana Smith, NGS NewsMagazine, January/February/March 2005, pp. 36-39.