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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started, Methodology - Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding, Methodology - Part 3: More Strategies, Methodology - Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording, Methodology - Part 5: How To Prove It, and Methodology - Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice by Louise St Denis, Brenda Dougall Merriman and Dr. Penelope Christensen. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).
Section 929 at your local public library is the main one to consult for how-to books, both on the regular shelves and in the Reference Section. Here are a few worth looking out for, but there are many others on various ethnic backgrounds and specialized subjects.
- American Association of Museums. The Official Museum Directory. Annual. Has large Classified Buyer's Guide listing USA suppliers.
- Amsden, Peter. 1999. Basic Approach to Making Contact with Relatives. Federation of Family History Societies, Bury, Lancashire, England.
- Barrow, G.B. 1977. The Genealogist’s Guide: An Index to Printed British Pedigrees and Family Histories 1950-1975, Being a Supplement to G.W. Marshall’s ‘Genealogist’s Guide' and J.B. Whitmore’s ‘Genealogical Guide’. Research Publishing Company. GSU fiche 6026284 (3).
- Baun, Willa K. 1977. Transcribing and Editing Oral History. American Assoc. for State & Local History, Nashville, Tennessee.
- Baxter, Angus. 2001. In Search of Your Canadian Roots. McMillan, Toronto.
- Bennett, Maura. 1996. “Family Threads―Family Heirlooms Exhibition 1995.” Family History News & Digest Vol. 10, #3, page 103-104.
- Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. Current edition. The Genealogists Address Book. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland.
- Blanchard, John. 2001. “How our Web-on-a-Disk Beats “Raid and Run” on a Society’s Website.” Journal of One-Name Studies Vol. 7, #8, page 9-10.
- Bloom, B.S. (editor) 1956. The Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: Handbook 1: The Cognitive Domain. Longmans.
- Board For Certification of Genealogists. 2000. The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. Ancestry Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Bourrie, Doris. 1998. HELP! There's a Skeleton in my Closet. Heritage Productions.
- Briggs, Elizabeth. 1995. Access to Ancestry: A Genealogical Resource Manual for Canadians Tracing their Heritage.
- Brown, Hugo. 2003. “Hit the Brick Wall: Solutions for the Stymied Searchers.” Family Tree Magazine Vol. 19, #6, page 21-22.
- Callaghan, Sue. 2001. 5th edition. “On the Use and Abuse of Books.” The Family & Local History Handbook. Genealogical Services Directory.
- Case, Patricia A. 1977. How to Write Your Autobiography. Woodbridge Press, Santa Barbara, California.
- CavellL, Jane. 2002. “Photographs.” Computer Section, Family Tree Magazine Vol. 18, #7, page 41-42.
- Cavell, Jane. 2002. “Internet Sources: Charts & Forms” Computer section, Family Tree Magazine Vol. 19, #2, page 40.
- Cavell, Jane. 2003. “Internet Sources: Dates and Calendars”. Family Tree Magazine Vol. 19, #6, page 39-40.
- Chapman, Colin R. 1996. Tracing Your British Ancestors. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland.
- Cole, Jean and TITFORD, John. 1997. Tracing Your Family Tree. Countryside Books.
- Clippingdale, Jack. 1999. “Mission Uncovered.” Cockney Ancestor (East of London FHS). #84, page 20-22.
- Colletta, John Philip. 2000. Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and its Aftermath. Direct Descent, Washington, DC.
- Colloff, John. 1999. “Archiving” Computer Section,Family Tree Magazine Vol. 15, #10, page 29-30.
- Cory, Kathleen B. 1996. Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry. Macmillan, Canada.
- Curran, Joan Ferris, CRANE, Madilyn Coen and WRAY, John H. 2000.Numbering Your Genealogy: Basic Systems, Complex Families and International Kin. National Genealogical Society, Arlington, Virginia.
- Douglas, Althea. 1998-9.Help! I've Inherited an Attic Full of History: A Guide for Genealogists―and others―on Ways to Hand the Past on to the Future. Volume 1: Dating, Evaluating and Disposing of the Accumulation of a Lifetime (1998). Volume II: Archival Conservation in the Home Environment (1999). Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto, Ontario.
- Dryden, Jean E. 1982. Images in Time: A Basic Guide to the Processing and Preservation of Historical Photographs. ACCESS, Edmonton.
- Dummer, Michael. 2001.“Transferring the Family Files from Paper and Computer onto CD-ROM.” Journal of One-Name Studies Vol. 7, #8, page 6-9.
- Eastman, Dick. 2004. “How to Create Your Own DVD and VCD Disks.” Ontario Genealogical Society Seminar Syllabus 2004.
- Emmison, F.G. 1967. How to Read Local Archives 1550-1700. The Historical Association, London, England.
- Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Research Outlines on various countries, provinces and states. For details check on the FamilySearch Wiki.
- Federation of Family History Societies have published dozens of excellent, inexpensive and up-to-date guides for mainly English and Welsh research.
- Ferguson, Joan P.S., Smith, Denis and Wellburn, Peter. 1986. 2nd edition. Scottish Family Histories Held in Scottish Libraries. National Library of Scotland.
- Fitzhugh, Terrick. 1988. How to Write a Family History. Alphabooks, London, England.
- Fitzhugh, Terrick (edited by Susan Lumas). 1998. Dictionary of Genealogy. Alphabooks, London, England.
- Fowler, Simon. 1999. “SoG Welcomes Your Research!” Genealogists’ Magazine Vol. 26, #8, page 304-306.
- Gibson, J. and Peskett, P. 1998. (Current edition). Record Offices: How to Find Them. FFHS (Britain.)
- Goacher, Roger and Heskins, Janet. 2003. Will Codicil in Members’ Handbook. Guild of One-Name Studies, London, England.
- Greenwood, Val. D. 3rd edition. 2000. The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland.
- Haley, Alex. 1976. Roots. Doubleday & Company, Garden City, New York.
- Hallman, Anita Young. 1997. Self-Preservation. Deseret Book Co.
- Hanowski, Laura M. 2000. Tracing Your Saskatchewan Ancestors: A Guide to the Records and How to Use Them. Saskatchewan Genealogical Society.
- Hatcher, Patricia Law. 1996. Producing a Quality Family History. Ancestry Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Hawkins, Brenda. 1995. “Book Reviews.” East Surrey Family History Society Journal Vol. 18, #4, page 32.
- Herber, Mark D. 1997. Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy & Family History. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland.
- Hill, C.W. 1991. “Picture Postcards.” Shire Album. Shire Publications.
- Houston, J. Richard. 1979.Numbering the Survivors: A History of the Standish Family of Ireland, Ontario and Alberta. Generation Press, Toronto, Ontario.
- Humphrey-Smith, C.R. 1995. The Phillimore Atlas & Index of Parish Registers: England, Wales & Scotland. Phillimore, Chichester, Sussex.
- Irvine, Sherry and Hinckley, Kathleen. 2002. “Client & Professional: Make the Relationship Work.” Everton’s Family History Magazine Vol. 56, #5, page 120-121.
- Jonassaon, Eric. 1978. The Canadian Genealogical Handbook. Wheatfield Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Kaminkow, Marion J. 1987. 2 volumes & 2 supplements. Genealogies in the Library of Congress: A Bibliography. Magna Carta Book Company, Baltimore, Maryland.
- Karcich, Grant. 2007. Finding Your Italian Ancestors. Heritage Productions.
- Lackey, Richard S. 1980. Cite Your Sources. Polyanthos Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana.
- Landrey, Gregory J. (editor). The Winterthur Guide to Caring for Your Collection. Winterthur Decorative Arts Series.
- Lansdell, Avril. 1985.Fashion A La Carte 1860-1900. Shire Publications.
- Lemieux, Victoria and Leonard, David. 1992. Tracing Your Ancestors in Alberta. Lemieux/Leonard Research Associates, Edmonton, Alberta.
- Long, Richard W. and Long, Jane. Caring for Your Family Treasures. Heritage Preservation Publications. Harry Abrams Inc.
- Maclysaght, Edward. 1985. Irish Families – Their Names, Arms & Origins. Irish Academic Press, Dublin. (and further titles in this series: More Irish Families, etc.)
- Maclysaght, Edward. 1985. 6th edition. The Surnames of Ireland. Irish Academic Press.
- Marshall, G.W. 1902. The Genealogist’s Guide. Reprinted 1967 by Heraldry Today. Reprinted 1973 by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland. GSU film 0496451.
- McCracken, Jane. 1974. Oral History-Basic Techniques. Manitoba Museum of Man & Nature.
- McLaughlin, Eve. 1988. Laying Out a Pedigree. Federation of Family History Societies, Bury, Lancashire, England.
- McLaughlin, Eve. 1988. Simple Latin for Family Historians. Federation of Family History Societies, Bury, Lancashire, England.
- Merriman, Brenda Dougall. 2008. 4th edition. Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records. Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto.
- Merriman, Brenda Dougall. 2010. Genealogical Standards of Evidence: A Guide for Family Historians. Dundurn, Toronto, Ontario.
- Meyerink, Kory L. (editor). 1998. Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records. Ancestry Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
- Mills, Elizabeth Shown. 1997. Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
- Mills, Elizabeth Shown. 2007. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
- Morris, Susan. 1986. “The Folklore of Genealogy.” Genealogists’ Magazine Vol. 22, #4, page 139-143.
- Museum Association [of UK]. Annual. Museums & Galleries Yearbook. Has list of museums and art galleries who can advise on preservation and restoration.
- Parkinson, Colin. 2001. 5th edition. Plastic―That Will Do Nicely! in The Family & Local History Handbook. Genealogical Services Directory.
- Paulson, Deirdre and English, Jeanne. Preserving the Precious. Preservation Source, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
- Piggin, Jean-Baptiste and Hansen, Linda. 1999. “Writing Cold to Strangers and the Best Way to Go about It.” Journal of One-Name Studies Vol. 6, #11, page 244-245.
- Player-Dahnsjo, Ylva. “Looking After Stuff.” Practical Family History 2001, #48, page 11-12.
- Pols, Robert. 1994. Dating Old Photographs. Federation of Family History Societies, Bury, Lancashire, England.
- Pols, Robert. 1995. Understanding Old Photographs. Robert Boyd Publications.
- Pritchard, Michael. 1994. A Directory of London Photographers 1841-1908. PhotoResearch, Watford, Hertfordshire, England.
- Province of British Columbia. 1998. Genealogical Resources for British Columbians. BC Vital Statistics Agency.
- Punch, Terence M. 1998. Genealogical Research in Nova Scotia. Petheric Press, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
- Punch, Terence M. and SANBORN, George F. 1997. 2nd edition. Genealogists Handbook for Atlantic Canada Research. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
- Rickard, Gillian. 1998. “Disaster Training in Family History Happenings.”Kent Family History Journal Vol. 8, #12, page 589.
- Rogers, Colin D. 1998. 3rd edition. The Family Tree Detective. Manchester University Press.
- Secol LTD. 2002. 6th edition.Bringing the Past to Light in The Family & Local History Handbook. Genealogical Services Directory.
- Sperry, Kip. 2002. Revised edition. Reading Early American Handwriting. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland.
- ST Denis, Louise. 1997.Ask Lots of Questions, Get Lots of Answers. Heritage Productions.
- Steel, Don. 1979. Discovering Your Family History. British Broadcasting Corporation. This is the classic description of the Honeycombe family research that was televised in Britain and launched thousands more genealogies a few years after Alex Haley’s Roots in the USA.
- Stuart, Margaret and Paul, James Balfour. 1930. Scottish Family History: A Guide to the Works of Reference on the History & Genealogy of Scottish Families. Oliver & Boyd. Reprinted 1994 by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland. [GSU book 941.A3s]
- Tanner, Andrea. 2002. “The Best Laid Plans: Peter le Neve and his Misappropriated Manuscripts.” Genealogists’ Magazine Vol. 27, #5, page 208-213.
- Taylor, Ryan. 2000. Books You Need to do Genealogy in Ontario: An Annotated Bibliography. Round Tower Books, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
- Thomson, T.R. 1976. 3rd edition. A Catalogue of British Family Histories. Research Publishing Company.
- Tippey, David. 2001. 5th edition. Do I Really Need a Computer? What Exactly Will It Do for Me? in The Family & Local History Handbook. Genealogical Services Directory.
- Titford, John. 1996. Writing and Publishing Your Family History. Federation of Family History Societies, Bury, Lancashire, England.
- Todd, Andrew. 1987. Basic Sources for Family History 1. Back to the Early 1800s. Allen & Todd, Bury, Lancashire, England.
- Tuttle, Craig A. 1994. An Ounce of Preservation: A Guide to the Care of Papers & Photographs. Rainbow Books.
- Valentine, Jill. 1995. “Threads of Family History.” Family Tree Magazine Vol. 12, #1, page 56-57.
- Wagner, Anthony. 1983. English Genealogy. Phillimore, Chichester, Sussex.
- Webb, Clifford. 1989. Dates & Calendars for the Genealogist. Society of Genealogists.
- Whitmore, J.B. 1953. A Genealogical Guide: An Index to British Pedigrees in Continuation of Marshall’s ‘Genealogist’s Guide’. Society of Genealogists. GSU fiche 6054492 (8) but at present ‘withdrawn from circulation’.
- Williams, Patricia. 1999. Once Upon a Lifetime. Time Broker.
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