The following is a list of genealogy books you may want to consider adding to your personal library. While not a comprehensive list, it does provide some basics that you may find useful.
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General How-To Books
- Morgan, George G. How to Do Everything: Genealogy. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009.
- Rising, Marsha H. The Family Tree Problem Solver: Tried-and-true Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors. Cincinnati, Ohio: Family Tree Books, 2011.
- Harris, Maurine, and Glen Harris. Ancestry's Concise Genealogical Dictionary. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Pub, 1989.
- Haddad, Diane. Family Tree Pocket Reference. Cincinnati, Ohio: Family Tree Books, 2010.
- Mills, Elizabeth S. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Baltimore, Md: Genealogical Pub. Co, 2009
Immigration & Ethnic
- Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record. Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2006.
- Carmack, Sharon D. B. A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Immigrant & Ethnic Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 2000.
- Schaefer, Christina K. Guide to Naturalization Records of the United States. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1997.
- Szucs, Loretto D. Ellis Island: Tracing Your Family History Through America's Gateway. Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2000.
- Szucs, Loretto D. They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1998.
- Carmack, Sharon D. B. A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors: Special Strategies for Uncovering Hard-to-Find Information About Your Female Lineage. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 1998.
- Schaefer, Christina K. The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women's Genealogy. Baltimore, Md: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1999.
- Kashuba, Melinda. Walking with Your Ancestors: A Genealogist's Guide to Using Maps and Geography. Cincinnati, OH: Family Tree Books, 2005.
- Newman, William M, and Peter L. Halvorson. Atlas of American Religion: The Denominational Era, 1776-1990. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2000.
- Timothy, Dallen J, and Jeanne K. Guelke. Geography and Genealogy: Locating Personal Pasts. Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 2008.
- Dollarhide, William. Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era: Online and Published Military or Civilian Name Lists, 1861-1869, & Post-War Veteran Lists. Bountiful, Utah: Family Roots Pub. Co, 2009.
- Gawne, Jonathan. Finding Your Father's War: A Practical Guide to Researching and Understanding Service in the World War II U.S. Army. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2006.
- Knox, Debra J. WWII Military Records: A Family Historian's Guide. Spartanburg, SC: MIE Pub, 2003.
- Schaefer, Christina K. The Great War: A Guide to the Service Records of all the World's Fighting Men and Volunteers. Baltimore, Md: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1998.
- Baer, M T, Geneil Breeze, Judith Q. McMullen, and Kathleen M. Breen. Finding Indiana Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Research. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society Press, 2007.
- Coleman, Ruby R. Genealogical Research in Nebraska. Bountiful, Utah: Family Roots Pub. Co, 2011.
- Davis, Robert S. Tracing Your Alabama Past. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2003.
- Dollarhide, William. New York State Censuses & Substitutes: An Annotated Bibliography of State Censuses, Census Substitutes, and Selected Name Lists in Print, on Microform, or Online: with County Boundary Maps, 1683-1915: and State Census Examples and Extraction Forms, 1825-1925. Bountiful, UT: Heritage Creations, 2005.
- Dumelle, Grace. Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County. Chicago: Lake Claremont Press, 2005.
- Hait, Michael. Online State Resources for Genealogy.
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- Hogan, " target="_amazon">Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, 1992.
- Schaefer, Christina K. Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas: A Complete Digest of the Records of All the Countries of the Western Hemisphere. Baltimore, Md: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1998.
- Szucs, Loretto D. Chicago and Cook County: A Guide to Research. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1996.
- Taylor, Frazine K. Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama: A Resource Guide. Montgomery: NewSouth Books, 2008.