These titles make the perfect summer reading companions, whether you’re out on a research trip or just lounging by the pool. If you’re wanting even more book recommendations, check out the top 10 genealogy books chosen by our readers on Goodreads.com!
On her death record, my great-grandmother’s place of burial is Calvary Cemetery in Cincinnati, which is convenient in one aspect—it’s right on my way to and from work. What isn’t convenient is that I can’t actually find her grave, so I’m reading The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide for tips on not only finding the grave but what I can do to preserve it safely and record it so others have an easier time finding it in the future.
—Vanessa Wieland, Dean of Students for Family Tree University
This summer, I’ll be re-reading The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. This book is awesome, and I’ve learned so much from working on it and reading it. Blaine breaks down the often complicated subject of genetic genealogy and makes it easy to understand. It’s great to have a book that can help me and my family pick which test to take and understand our test results.
—Andrew Koch, Books Editor
If you’re new to Ancestry or you haven’t found anything new on the site in a while, the Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com, 2nd edition will get your genealogy started or re-started. I tend to search individual databases, and the book showed me I was missing out on some of the lesser-known collections, like stories, histories and photos. There’s also an all-new section on AncestryDNA with help for using your test results. I’d recommend it both for new and experienced researchers.
—Diane Haddad, Editor of Family Tree Magazine
This year I’m planning to work on filling out my own Story of my Life workbook. The book’s prompts help you record and share your most memorable moments, preserving your life and times for years to come. Due to its format, it’s perfect to work on when I’m in the passenger seat on our upcoming family road trip. I’ve been meaning to get to this for some time, and have decided Summer 2018 is when I’m finally going to do it!
—Ashlee Peck, Online Content Director