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Sharpen the Saw. Don't neglect your genealogical education. Take and teach classes, read and write articles in wikis, periodicals, and books, and visit ancestral stomping grounds. Strive to understand the culture, the community, and the families you are researching. Continue to look for new and better ways to find ancestors.

Take time to sharpen the saw.

Education Resources. There are many Internet sites and books about how to search records of a country or how to research a topic such as adoption or Quakers. Such sites and books are not included here. See Wiki articles about the nation or topic to identify some of the best books and sources to consult.

The following sites and books discuss research in general, as well as some methods and principles of family history research. Although most deal with research in the United States, the principles they teach usually apply for research in most nations. Your local research or public library should have some of these books.

Genealogical Research Methods[edit | edit source]

Balhuizen, Anne Ross. Searching on Location: Planning a Research Trip. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 929.1 B198s.

Cerny, Johni and Arlene Eakle. Ancestry's Guide to Research: Case Studies in American Genealogy. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1985. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27dj.

Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. 3rd ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book D27g.

Jacobus, Donald Lines. Genealogy as Pastime and Profession. 2nd rev. ed.; 1968 reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 919.1 J159g.

Jones, Thomas W. Inferential Genealogy. (120 minute video online) FamilySearch Research Classes Online, 2010.

Merriman, Brenda Dougall. Genealogical Standards of Evidence: A Guide for Family Historians. 2nd ed. Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 2010. At various libraries (WorldCat).

Meyerink, Kory L. and Robert Hales. Doing Genealogy: Foundations for Successful Research. Provo, Utah: Family History Unlimited, 1993. At various libraries (WorldCat).

Morgan, George G. How to Do Everything: Genealogy. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill/ Osborne, 2009. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 929.1 M821h.

Parker, J. Carlyle. Going to Salt Lake City to Do Family History Research. 3rd ed. Turlock, Calif.: Marietta Publishing, 1996. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 979.2258 J5p.

Penner, Mary. The Bachelor: Reconstructing a Solitary Life Using Obscure & Far-Flung Records (about 60 minute online video) FamilySearch Research Classes Online, and Association of Professional Genealogists, 2010.

Rubincam, Milton. Pitfalls in Genealogical Research. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1987. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 929.1 R824p.

Stratton, Eugene Aubrey. Applied Genealogy. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 929.1 St82a.

Szucs, Loretto Dennis, and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. 3rd rev. ed. Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2006. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27ts 2006.

Library Research Methods[edit | edit source]

Horowitz, Lois. Knowing Where to Look: The Ultimate Guide to Research. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest, 1984. At various libraries (WorldCat).

Mann, Thomas. A Guide to Library Research Methods. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. At various libraries (WorldCat).

Todd, Alden, and Cari Loder. Finding Facts Fast. 5th ed. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1990. At various libraries (WorldCat).

General Research Procedures[edit | edit source]

Barzun, Jacques and Henry F. Graff. The Modern Researcher. 4th ed. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 907.2 B289m.

Baum, Willa K. Transcribing and Editing Oral History. Nashville, Tenn.: American Association for State and Local History, 1977. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 907.2 B327t.

Fischer, David Hackett. Historian’s Fallacies: Toward a Logic of Historical Thought. New York: Harper and Row, 1970. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 907.2 F522h.

Oral History[edit | edit source]

Alessi, Jean. Once Upon a Memory: Your Family Tales and Treasures. White Hall, Va.: Betterway Books, 1987. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 929.1 AL25.

Arthur, Stephen and Julia. Your Life and Times: How to Put a Life Story on Tape. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987, 1990. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 929.1 Au81y.

Epstein, Ellen Robinson and Rona Mendelsohn. Record and Remember: Tracing Your Roots Through Oral History. New York: Monarch, 1978. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 929.1 Ep85r.

Writing a Family History[edit | edit source]

Banks, Keith E. How to Write Your Personal and Family History: A Resource Manual]. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1989. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 929.2 B226h.

Boyer, Carl 3rd. How to Publish and Market Your Family History. 3rd ed. Newhall, Calif.: Carl Boyer, 1987. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 929.1 B695h.

Carson, Dina C. The Genealogy and Local History Researcher's Self-Publishing Guide: How to Organize, Write, Print and Sell Your Family or Local History Book. 2nd ed. Niwot, Colo.: Iron Gate Publishing, 1992. At various libraries (WorldCat).

Curran, Joan Ferris, Madilyn Coen Crane and John H Wray. Numbering Your Genealogy: Basic Systems, Complex Families, and International Kin. Arlington, Va.: National Genealogical Society, 2008. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 929.1 C936n.

Hatcher, Patricia Law. Producing a Quality Family History. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1996. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27hp.

Ross, Nola Mae Wittler. How to Write the Story of Your Family: Sharpen Your Memoirs and Turn Them into Gold. Lake Charles, La.: N.M.W. Ross, 1991. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Film 1698001 item 15; Book 929.1 R733h.

Sturdevant, Katherine Scott. Bringing Your Family History to Life Through Social History. Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Books, 2000. At various libraries (WorldCat).

See also[edit | edit source]

What to do with the genealogy and family history I collected