Principles of Family History Research For Further Reading

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Principles of Family History Research Gotoarrow.png For Further Reading

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

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. (FHL book D27g)

Jacobus, Donald Lines. Genealogy as Pastime and Profession. 2nd rev. ed.; 1968 reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. (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.

Meyerink, Kory L. and Robert Hales. Doing Genealogy: Foundations for Successful Research. Provo, Utah: Family History Unlimited, 1993.

Morgan, George G. How to Do Everything: Genealogy. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill/ Osborne, 2009.

Parker, J. Carlyle. Going to Salt Lake City to Do Family History Research. 3rd ed. Turlock, Calif.: Marietta Publishing, 1996. (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. (FHL book 929.1 R824p)

Stratton, Eugene Aubrey. Applied Genealogy. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. (FHL book 929.1 St82a)

Szucs, Loretto Dennis, & Luebking, Sandra Hargreaves. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. 3rd rev. ed. Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2006.

Library Research Methods

Horowitz, Lois. Knowing Where to Look: The Ultimate Guide to Research. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest, 1984.

Mann, Thomas. A Guide to Library Research Methods. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Todd, Alden, and Cari Loder. Finding Facts Fast. 5th ed. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1990.

General Research Procedures

Barzun, Jacques and Henry F. Graff. The Modern Researcher. 4th ed. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985. (FHL book 907.2 B289m)

Baum, Willa K. Transcribing and Editing Oral History. Nashville, Tenn.: American Association for4 State and Local History, 1977. (FHL book 907.2 B327t)

Fischer, David Hackett. Historian’s Fallacies: Toward a Logic of Historical Thought. New York: Harper & Row, 1970. (FHL 907.2 F522h)

Oral History

Alessi, Jean. Once Upon a Memory: Your Family Tales and Treasures. White Hall, Va.: Betterway Books, 1987. (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. (FHL book 929.1 Au81y)

Epstein, Ellen Robinson and Rona Mendelsohn. Record and Remember: Tracing Your Roots Through Oral History. New York: Monarch, 1978. (FHL book 929.1 Ep85r)

Writing a Family History

Banks, Keith E. How to Write Your Personal & Family History: A Resource Manual. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1989. (FHL book 929.2 B226h)

Boyer, Carl 3rd. How to Publish and Market Your Family History". 3rd ed. Newhall, Calif.: Carl Boyer, 1987. (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.

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.

Hatcher, Patricia Law. Producing a Quality Family History. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1996.

Ross, Nola Mae Wittler. How to Write the Story of Your Family. Lake Charles, La.: N.M.W. Ross, 1991. (FHL book 929.1 R733h; film 1698001 item 15)

Sturdevant, Katherine Scott. Bringing Your Family History to Life Through Social History. Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Books, 2000.