It is likely that a novice or beginning family historian will need a little guidance in order to begin their new adventure climbing their family tree. It is the duty, in my humble opinion, of the novice to become educated so that their work will meet current standards.
There are many educational opportunities available and for the next week or so, I plan to discuss many of those opportunities on a series of blogs. This is the first of the series.
Over the years numerous “how-to” books have been published some of which may be available at a local library. Here is a list of my top ten choices for the library of a novice genealogist.
- Croom, Emily Anne. Unpuzzling Your Past, A Basic Guide to Genealogy. 3d ed. White Hall, Va.: Betterway Publications, Inc., 1995.
- Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. 3d ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000.
- 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.
- Kashuba, Melinda. Walking With You Ancestors: A Genealogist’s Guide to Using Maps and Geography.Cincinnati, Ohio: Family Tree Books, 2005.
- Melnyk, Marcia Yannizzee. The Weekend Genealogist: Timesaving Techniques for Effective Research. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 2000.
- Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007.
- National Archives Trust Fund Board. Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1985.
- Rose, Christine. Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures. San Jose, California: CR Publications, 2004.
- Szucs, Loretta, and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, eds. The Source: a Guidebook of American Genealogy. 3d edition. Provo: Ancestry, Inc., 2006.
If you have other favorites for the beginner, please share them in the “Comments” area below.
© Linda Woodward Geiger.