Top tomes for your roots research.
Required Reading: Classic resources you shouldn't research without.
Two decades after its publication, Milton Rubincam's Pitfalls in Genealogical Research (Ancestry) is still one of the best and most helpful books in genealogy. You'll find its practical guidance isn't the least bit out of date - Rubincam offers sage advice on problems that will always plague genealogists: family traditions; dates; the 1752 calendar change; people of the same name in the same place at the same time; and interpretation of terms such as Mrs., nephew, cousin, junior/senior and now wife. The first chapter, “The Sanctity of the Printed Word,” rings as true for today's electronic tools as it does for traditional published sources. Best of all, this classic comes at a bargain price-perhaps the best $8 you'll spend on genealogy this year.