5 Genealogical Whodunits to Add to Your Reading List

By Rick Crume

genealogical mystery books

We recently shared our two-part interview with genealogical mystery author Steve Robinson. A pioneer of the growing sub-genre, Robinson just released the seventh volume in his popular series starring American professional genealogist Jefferson Tayte. Be sure to check out our conversation with Robinson, and then add these page-turners to your reading to-do list.

In the Blood (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery Book 1)

By Steve Robinson

Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.

The Wicked Trade

By Nathan Dylan Goodwin

In The Wicked Trade, book seven in Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s Forensic Genealogist series, a client’s 1827 letter from a criminal ancestor starts professional genealogist Morton Farrier’s quest to solve a 19th-century murder.

The Irish Inheritance

By M. J. Lee

Police detective Jayne Sinclair uses genealogy research to identify the biological father of an adopted American billionaire in The Irish Inheritance by M. J. Lee.

Three Times Removed

By M. K. Jones

In Three Times Removed by M. K. Jones, Maggie Gilbert uncovers details about the disappearance of her ancestor in South Wales. The story draws on historical facts, but supernatural forces also come into play.

The Marriage Certificate

By Stephen Molyneux

Browsing an antique shop, amateur genealogist Peter Sefton buys a marriage certificate from 1900. About the same time, an elderly man dies without heirs in London. The two story lines intersect in The Marriage Certificate by Stephen Molyneux.

Solve your real-life genealogy mysteries with The Family Tree Problem-Solver! This best-selling book by Marsha Hoffman Rising helps you overcome your research challenges.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Ideas on how to find vital records before civil registration
  • Tips for finding “missing” ancestors on censuses
  • Instructions for investigating collateral kin to further your pedigree
  • A look at advanced court records and how they can help you find answers
  • Work-arounds for lost or destroyed records
  • Techniques for correctly identifying and researching ancestors with common names
  • Methods for finding ancestors who lived before 1850
  • Case studies that show how to apply the author’s advice to real-life research roadblocks
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