Using Published Genealogies
8/2/2011
Published family histories can save or sink your research. Follow our advice for finding these potential genealogy treasure troves and mining the good information while weeding out the bad.

Long before pedigree files populated the internet, printed family histories gathered and preserved the stories of your ancestors. Finding such a book with your surname on it can feel like winning the genealogical lottery.

But consulting published genealogies isn't without risk. Like online family trees, they need to be taken with a grain (or fistful) of salt. Just because something about your ancestors has been printed in a book doesn't make it fact. While published genealogies can lead you down the research path to success, they could also pull you into a research quagmire full of false information. We'll help you navigate these potentially perilous guides and gather the good information while rejecting the bad.