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Building a personal genealogy library is important in having quick reference materials on researching, methodology, or organization. The list below are books that I have found useful for my genealogy goals. Please share your list so that others can see what a genealogy library consists of and maybe get ideas on what books they would like to add to their own personal genealogy library.

1. Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, by Alice Eichholz

2. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking

3. Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians, by Elizabeth Shown Mills

4. The Complete Beginners Guide to Geneaology, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program, by Karen Clifford

5. Roots for Kids: A Genealogy Guide for Young People, by Susan Provost Beller

6. Managing a Genealogical Project, by William Dollarhide

7. They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins, by Loretto Dennis Szucs

8. Carmack’s Guide to Copyright & Contracts: A Primer for Genealogists, Writers, and Researchers, by Sharon Debartolo Carmack and Karen Krieder Gaunt

9. 102 Ways to Apply Career Training in Family History/Genealogy-How to Find a Job, by Anne Hart

10. Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian, by Elizabeth Shown Mills

11. Producing a Quality Family History, by Patricia Law Hatcher

12. How to Start Personal Histories & Genealogy Journalism Businesses: Genealogy Course Template, Syllabus, Writing & Marketing Guides, by Anne Hart

13. Genealogy as Pastime and Profession, by Donald Lines Jacobus

14. How to Climb Your Family Tree: Genealogy for Beginners, by Harriet Stryker-Rodda

15. Parishes & Registration Districts in England & Wales, by Dr. Penelope Christensen

16. Gifts to create from your research material…, by Louise St. Denis

17. Ask Lots of Questions, Get Lots of Answers, by Louise St. Denis

18. Communities of Kinship: Antebellum Families and the Settlement of the Cotton Frontier, by Carolyn Earle Billingsley

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Great list, thanks for posting it. I have just a few general reference books

- How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy by George Morgan
- Tracing Your Family History by Lise Hull
- Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photograph by Maureen Taylor
- Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929 by Family Chronicle
- Family Photographs 1860-1945 by Robert Pols
Fantastic list, I have a couple of those already listed but I have also got
Barefoot and pregnant ? ... by Trevor McClaughlin 1 & 2 Irish famine Orphans in Australia
Domesday book A complete translation. and I still have a problem reading it!
lots of books on Australian genealogy mainly Victorian.

Lets keep this list growing, what's hiding in your bookshelf?
Ooo, you have some good ones! Donald Lines Jacobus, Harriet Stryker-Rodda,-great! Some of my favorites are Honoring Our Ancestors and Trace Your Roots with DNA by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, The Sleuth Book for Genealogists by Emily Anne Croom (I'm also a mystery-aholic!), A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland by Brian Mitchell, Finding Answers in the U.S.Census by Loretto Szucs, and German Maps and Facts for Genealogy by Wendy Uncapher and Linda Herrick. Love the maps in this one.

Ellen Healy
My personal library contains the two volume set of The Diaries of Jacob Engelbrecht, The Carroll County Marriage Licenses 1837-1899, Carroll County Cemetery Records Vol 1, 3 and 6, The Mount Olivet Caretakers Records, Names in Stone Vol I and II, Frederick County Luthern Marriages and Burials 1741 to 1811. Frederick County Marriage licenses 1778-1810 and 1811-18410, The Jacob Engelbrecht Death and Marriage Ledgers.
My personal library is still rather small, but will eventually grow. My books are:

- Furrows In Time, A History of Balcarres and District by the Balcarres History Book Committee (lots of references to my family in this book. I'm even in it!)
- Tracing Your Irish Family History by Anthony Adolph
- Tracing Your Scottish Family History by Anthony Adolph
- Genealogy Online by Elizabeth Powell Crowe
- The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy edited by Christine Rose and Kay Germain Ingalls
I just wanted to say that my library has gotten out of control. I have 8 full size book shelves + a closet full. My woulda - coulda - shoulda suggestion is to join library thing and catalogue the entire collection, from the beginning. The nice thing about librarything is that you can sort your lists and locate your books or items easily. That in itself will save you from purchasing duplicate copies of books down the road. In addition, it will give you all of the citation information at the tip of your fingers when your are documenting your search. Hope this helps.

My library keeps growing and spilling off shelves and desks and into stacks on the floor, and then into the next room... y'all know how it is! I keep my books catalogued on a free website called You can peruse what other people have too and get ideas for other books you might want to add to your own library. You can see what I've got if you want - my ID is relativelycurious
This is a great list. I think I have three great books not listed (one is a two book set):

1. Bringing Your Family History to Life through social history by Katherine Scott Sturdevant

2. Historical Dictionary of Slang by J.S. Farmer and W.E. Henley, Books 1 and 2
I am really enjoying everyone's responses and making a wishlist. :) Look forward to hearing more responses from members.
I also use Librarything to catalog my personal library - it's more than genealogy books, but I've put the tag of "genealogy" on them all to make them easy to sort by. My username is leahkleylein.

My library mainly consists of local history books and family history books. I've been prowling used book stores and ebay for years gathering them. The first one I bought (new) was Atwater's History of the Colony of New Haven Connecticut.

I focused on books rather than cd's because I got burned several years ago by finding I could no longer read the files on family history cd's I bought in the mid-90s. I'm sure with PDF nowadays that wouldn't be a problem, but still, I like having the book, hardcover is my preference.

I really like the local history books, there are tidbits in there you just don't find anywhere, local stories, pictures of homes and businesses that no longer exist, they are real gems. I've got some great one's on Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Mine is a modest collection, so far:

Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700, by Frederick Lewis Weis

History of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, Willowbend Books

Burke's Dormant and Extinct Peerages

History of the Clan MacRae, by Rev. Alexander MacRae, 1899, Dingwall, Scotland

Wills of Franklin County, Pennsylvania - 1784-1826

Mapping Human History: Discovering the Past Through Our Genes, by Steve Olson

The Cannon Book, by Jesse Adams Cannon (my granduncle)

Collector's Guide to Early Photographs, by O. Henry Mace
A person can never have enough shoes or books or books about genealogy. I have jetted a lot of genealogy books that I didn't use anymore at and they got snapped up fast.

The most important on my bookshelf now:
*All of Emily Croom's books
*Genealogy 101
*The Organized Historian
*The Family Tree Problem Solver
*The Source
*Handybook for Genealogists
*Guide to the Family History Library
*Complete set of Handbook of Texas
*Texas Forts
*Texas Courthouses
*Complete set Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1625
*Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers
*Five civilized Tribes
*Tracing Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes
*America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers, Wm Dollarhide
*The Census Book, Wm Dollarhide
*Many place name books for southern states
and, the list goes on........
and includes many genealogy CDs

Maybe I need boot some more up to and get some new ones.



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