Miriam’s Ten Essential Genealogy Books

For the 56th Carnival of Genealogy, we have been asked to name the top ten books in our personal genealogy libraries. My list includes those I use on a regular basis either for personal research or for my teachings and presentations, but does not include those I consider essential yet are merely on my wish list. Some of these titles are older editions, and of these, I was lucky enough to win them in one package at one of our society’s book auctions several years ago. They may be older tomes, but they serve me well:

  1. 1. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources edited by Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., C.G.
  2. 2. The Everything Family Tree Book (2nd Edition) by Kimberly Powell
  3. 3. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills
  4. 4. A History of US (10-volume series) by Joy Hakim
  5. 5. Michigan Genealogy: Sources & Resources (2nd Edition) by Carol McGinnis
  6. 6. New York State Censuses & Substitutes by William Dollarhide
  7. 7. Organizing Your Family History Search: Efficient & Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical Research by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
  8. 8. Searching American Probate Records by Fran Carter
  9. 9. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy edited by Arlene Eakle & Johni Cerny
  10. 10. Your Guide to the Federal Census for genealogists, researchers, and family historians by Kathleen W. Hinckley
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