Recommended Genealogy Reading

Recommended Genealogy Reading

Put these four selections from the genealogy bookshelf on your must-read list.

The fifth edition of the Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research (New England Historic Genealogical Society), edited by Michael J. Leclerc, is the go-to reference for finding sources in the New England states. You’ll learn what records exist for what time periods and where they’re housed.

George G. Morgan, Family Tree Magazine’s Document Detective, has revised and updated the third edition of his guide How to Do Everything: Genealogy (McGraw-Hill). He shares sources and methods, gives examples and explains the basics of evaluating genealogical evidence. This guide is suitable for beginners and intermediate-level genealogists.

Mental illness in a family tree isn’t anything unusual, but tracing the disease back four generations with certainty is no easy feat. For A Legacy of Madness: Recovering My Family from Generations of Mental Illness (Hazelden), Tom Davis interviews relatives and uncovers records as he tries to determine how a legacy of mental illness might affect his present family.
 
Slave Mary Walker courageously fled her North Carolina owner in 1848. Then, over the next 17 years, Walker tried to reunite her family. In To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker (Harvard University Press), historian Sydney Nathans tells the former slave’s remarkable tale using letters and diaries from the slaveholder family and from the northern family with whom Walker finds refuge.
 
From the September 2012 Family Tree Magazine.

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