Must Reads For Genealogy


Genealogy is an interesting field for anyone to enter. It’s very easy for just about anyone to jump in with absolutely no knowledge or experience. With everything online you can begin doing your own family history in about thirty seconds flat. Its available to all ages and ability levels, which is incredible! One thing you should know about genealogy, though… it’s addictive! You will begin by casually filling out your family tree and before you know it you’re searching high and low for that missing ancestor.

The good news is that genealogy is a hobby that is easy to learn and progress within. You can begin with next to no training, and slowly work your way up to becoming a genealogy expert. Most of your resources are online, and if you’re lucky you might have a genealogy library or center nearby to help you with training and free classes. If you’re serious about developing your genealogy skills you can also turn to some well-researched and carefully written books to take your family history to the next level.

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The Internet for Genealogists: A Beginners Guide by Barbara Renick & Richard Wilson

This book is a great start for beginners in genealogy who plan on using the internet for the bulk of their genealogy work. Sharing online databases, search terms and tips, and a variety of helpful websites, this book is a necessary handbook if you’re feeling lost in online genealogy work.

A to Zax: A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists and Historians by Barbara Jean Evans

As you dive deeper into your genealogical study you will certainly come across terms and jargon that you simply don’t understand. Instead of getting stuck in a dead end, this reference dictionary can help you use those confusing terms to launch your genealogical study to the next level.

Producing a Quality Family History by Patricia Law Hatcher

Usually at some point in your development as a genealogist you will realize the importance of writing your own family history. The sooner you start, the better, but you may feel unequal to the task. This book is a helpful guide through the steps of researching and writing a good family history as a key part of your genealogy work. Hatcher makes it doable and interesting.

Locating Lost Family Members & Friends by Kathleen W. Hinckley

Once you’ve progressed to the level of a seasoned genealogist, much of your genealogy work will center on finding lost relatives and looking for solutions to dead ends. If you’re at this point already then look no further than this book written by a professional genealogist and private investigator. Hinckley’s advice will help you turn those dead branches into flourishing sections of your family tree.

If your genealogy work is still stunted or in need of serious help, even with the assistance of genealogy books and guides, look into the reality of professional genealogy. Professional genealogists have read these books and more - they can help you find missing ancestors, connect broken family lines. Call Price Genealogy & Associates today to see what they can do for your family history!