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10 Best Family History Books

Are you interested in tracing your family tree but don't know where to start? There are many resources available to help you get started with your research. In this blog post, we will be discussing the top 10 genealogy books that can help you find your ancestors.

These books will provide you with information on how to get started with your research, what resources are available to you, and how to use them effectively. They will also give you tips on how to overcome common obstacles that you may encounter while tracing your family history.

So whether you are just getting started with your research or you have been working on it for a while, these books will be a valuable resource for you.

  1. "The FamilyTree Resource Book" by Karen Clifford – This book is packed with information on how to research your family tree, including tips on using online resources and databases.
  2. When it comes to your tracing your family tree online, you need the right tools to get the job done! In The Genealogist's Google Toolbox, renowned genealogy podcaster Lisa Louise Cooke help you stuff your genealogy toolbox with FREE state-of-the-art Internet tools that are built to search, translate, message, and span the globe. You'll travel outside the genealogy community and straight to the folks who dominate the online world: Google.
  3. "Tracing Your Roots" by Jeane Eddy Westin – This book covers all the basics of genealogy, from getting started to advanced techniques. It also includes a section on DNA testing and its role in ancestry research.
  4. "Ancestry's Red Book: American State & County Histories" edited by William Dollarhide– As the title suggests, this book is a compilation of state and county histories from across America - perfect for finding those elusive ancestor locations!
  5. In "Finding Your Canadian Ancestors" authors Sherry Irvine and Dave Obee guide you through Canadian genealogical records, first by record type and then according to province. The authors detail both government and ecclesiastical records, as well as records related to special groups such as Aboriginals, Acadians, and Loyalists. They give special attention to online resources, including the extensive holdings of the Library and Archives of Canada.
  6. "The Official Guide To" by Paul Gero – This guidebook will show you how to get the most out of, one of the leading online resources for genealogical research. You'll learn how to search databases, create family trees, and much more
  7. "The Family Tree Toolkit" by Marsha Hoffman Rising – This book is packed with information on how to get started with your research, how to use online resources and tips for finding difficult-to-find records.
  8. "How To Do Everything: Genealogy" By George G Morgan - As the title suggests, this book really does cover just about everything when it comes to doing genealogy research including chapters on technology & social media tools as well as more traditional methods like working with government archives."
  9. "Tracing Your Ancestors" by Anthony Adolph is another excellent resource which provides clear and concise information on all aspects of genealogical research. It includes guidance on finding birth, marriage and death certificates, as well as helpful hints on tracking down elusive ancestors who may have left few records behind them.
  10. For those interested in learning more about DNA testing for genealogy purposes, "The Complete Guide To Genetic Genealogy" by Debbie Kennett is essential reading. This comprehensive book covers everything from the basics of DNA inheritance through to the different types of tests available and how they can be used effectively in combination with traditional paper-based sources."


There are many genealogy books available that can help you find your ancestors. However, not all of them are created equal. This blog post highlights my top 10 genealogy books that can help you in your quest to find your ancestors.


Carol Walsh

Article by Carol Walsh

Carol Walsh is the CEO of Creative Roots, a professional genealogy company. She has a passion for preserving family history and storytelling. Carol's research methodology centers around fact-finding and publishing in a format that readers can use to preserve the stories. Her ultimate goal is to help families connect with their past and each other.