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Top 10 Genealogy Books

The Top 10 Best Genealogy Books

As someone who's passionate about genealogy, I can attest to how thrilling and fulfilling it can be to piece together the puzzle of your family history. But I know that getting started can feel overwhelming, especially when there are so many resources to choose from.

That's why I'm excited to share with you my top 10 genealogy book recommendations that will give you a solid foundation to start your journey. These books cover everything from research strategies and online tools to documentation and analysis of your findings. Trust me, reading these books will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to dig deeper into your ancestry.

So grab a cup of tea, settle into a cozy spot, and let's explore the world of genealogy together. With these books as your guide, you'll be amazed at the fascinating stories and connections you'll uncover about your family's past.

  1. "The Family Tree 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."


In conclusion, genealogy can be a fascinating and rewarding journey for anyone interested in learning more about their family history. The top 10 genealogy books mentioned above provide an excellent starting point for anyone looking to dive into this fascinating field. From research strategies and online tools to documentation and analysis of your findings, these books cover everything you need to know to get started and make meaningful progress in your search for your ancestors.

Whether you are just starting out or have already made progress in your genealogical research, these books provide valuable insights and tips to help you on your journey. With these books as your guide, you can be sure to make meaningful connections with your ancestors and uncover the fascinating stories of your family's past. So why not grab a cup of tea, settle into a cozy spot, and let the world of genealogy open up new horizons for you?


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.