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Beginning Your Family History

Step 1. Educate yourself about genealogical research

Read instructional books about genealogical research. There are a lot of research tips to help you make the most of your time while learning about your family history. These books teach the reader what records exist, how to use them and where to find valuable resources.

  • Allen, Desmond Walls. Beginner's Guide to Family History Research. Research Associates. Bryant, AR. 1997, 3rd edition.
  • Croom, Emily Anne. Unpuzzling Your Past: A Basic Guide to Genealogy. Betterway Books. Cincinnati. 1995.
  • Greenwood, Val D. Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. Genealogical Publishing Company. Baltimore. 1990.
  • Rose, Christine. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy. Alpha Books. New York. 1997.
  • Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Luebking, Sandra Hargreaves. The Source. A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Ancestry. Salt Lake City, UT. 1997.

In addition, it may be useful to acquire the catalogs of the larger genealogical publishers, e.g. Genealogical Publishing Co. and Everton, as well as the catalogs of the two largest dealers in out-of-print genealogical books, Higginson Book Company, 14 Derby Square, PO Box 778, Salem, MA 01970 (508-745-7170) and Tuttle Antiquarian Books, P.O. Box 541, Rutland, Vt. 05701. The publishers catalogs are usually free, the o.p. catalogs normally cost several dollars.

Also useful are catalogs from dealers in genealogical charts, forms, and supplies such as Origins (owned and operated by Maia's Books & Miscellanea) PO Box 26416, Columbus, OH 43226 (614-838-1280), Storbeck's, 307 Summit St., Georgetown, TX 78633 (512-240-5561) and Everton Publishers, Inc., PO Box 368, Logan, UT 84323-0368 (1-800-443-6325).

Attend genealogical workshops and seminars. Find out what classes are available to you through your local genealogical or historical society. If you local genealogical or historical society has regular lectures, attend them to learn about research methods and records.

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