5 Genealogy Books That Changed My Research

By Andrew Koch

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I’ve always been a bit of a book nerd. And since I’ve started working with Family Tree Books, I’ve had the privilege of editing more than a dozen fantastic how-to genealogy books. To celebrate this weekend’s huge summer book sale (where you can save 50 percent on all of our genealogy books), here’s a quick list of some of the books that have helped my research the most:

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Trace Your German Roots Online

By James M. Beidler

James Beidler is “the man” when it comes to German genealogy, and his follow-up to The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide is loaded with useful tips for using the web’s best tools for finding German ancestors. Thanks to this book, I found an Ortsfamilienbuch containing details about my dad’s side of the family all the way back to the early 1800s. What an amazing find, especially considering this side of the family was once a dead end for me!

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The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

By Blaine T. Bettinger

DNA is in. But let’s face it: Genetic genealogy is tough, and even seasoned researchers need some help understanding how it all works. Blaine explains DNA in layman’s terms and helped me figure out what the different DNA tests mean and what they can do for my research. The book inspired me to get my DNA tested (twice!)—and it’s showed me how to interpret my results.

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How to Use Evernote for Genealogy

By Kerry Scott

I’ve seen the light! Note-taking software Evernote is a genealogist’s dream, and I’ve adopted Evernote into all facets of my life since working on this book. Among the thing I’ve created in Evernote: weekly t0-do lists (both personal and for work), reminders about what gifts I’ve given people in the past and a chore chart. And the best part? I can access all of it from my phone, laptop, desktop computer or iPad.

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The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide

By Claire Santry

My single line of Irish ancestors has always fascinated me: the Carrigans. As we worked together on this book, Claire helped me dive into records of the family from Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States to discover when and from where they came. Thanks to Claire, I even wrote a brief history of my Carrigan ancestors based on my research, featured in the final book.

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Organize Your Genealogy

By Drew Smith

I’m a type-A person, so I knew a book on organizing genealogy would be right in my wheelhouse. But Genealogy Guy Drew’s sweeping organization guide talks about more than just naming manila folders and sorting digital files (though it covers both admirably). This book offers strategies for every stage of your research process. Trying to find direction for your research? Then you’ll love these strategies for picking a reasonable goal. Need to break down large projects into more manageable tasks? Drew’s got tips—and a worksheet that’ll help you map them out.

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