Bibliographies and Indexes

Genealogical bibliographies and indexes can aid the researcher in determining whether a family history has already been compiled, direct the genealogist to important and informative secondary sources, and provide shortcuts to locating and using primary record sources such as parish registers, deeds, and wills. Two of the major repositories of genealogical material are the Library of Congress and the Newberry Library in Chicago. Consulting the public catalogs of their genealogical holdings is an important beginning in genealogical research.

I have listed the major print bibliographies below. However, with the widespread availability of online catalogs, printed bibliographies for these libraries are not as useful as they once were.

The reader is urged to consult the Foreign Sources, United States Sources, and Virginia Sources sections of this guide for listings of bibliographies and indexes that are specifically related to British and continental European genealogy, American genealogy, and Virginia genealogy. Howells, Cyndi. Cyndi’s List of Genealogical Sites on the Internet. (updated 4/18/2005) http://www.cyndislist.comCyndi’s List is the original and most comprehensive index to websites about genealogy. It is updated daily.
Alderman Stacks
CS44.N42 1960
Newberry Library. Genealogical index. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1960. 4 vols.This index is arranged by surname and, within surname categories, by state; thus it is possible to differentiate the Browns of Massachusetts from the Browns of Kentucky. Although all of the works included in the index refer only to the Newberry Library’s collection of genealogical material, the index is useful in identifying titles that may be owned by other libraries.
Alderman Reference
U.S. Library of Congress. Genealogies in the Library of Congress: A bibliography. Ed. Marion J. Kaminkow. Baltimore: Magna Charta Book Co., 1972. 2 vols.A listing of genealogical books and related materials in the collection of the Library of Congress. The arrangement is alphabetical by family name, and the volumes are cross-referenced. The reader should note that genealogical material in the Library of Congress does not circulate and cannot be borrowed through interlibrary loan. Order forms for photocopies may be obtained from the Photoduplication Service Department at the Library of Congress. The Reference Room in the Alderman Library can furnish additional information about the hours of public service at the Library of Congress.
Alderman Reference
Z5319.U53 Suppl. 1972-1976
U.S. Library of Congress. Genealogies in the Library of Congress: A Bibliography. Supplement, 1972-1976. Baltimore: Magna Charta, 1977.
Alderman Reference
Z5319.U53 Suppl. 2
U.S. Library of Congress. Genealogies in the Library of Congress: A Bibliography. Second supplement, 1976-1986. Baltimore: Magna Charta, 1986.
Alderman Reference
Z5319 .K35
U.S. Library of Congress. A complement to Genealogies in the Library of Congress : a bibliography. Baltimore, Md. : Magna Carta Book Co., 1981.
Alderman Reference
Z 5313 .U5 L53 1992Govt. Info. Reference
LC 30.27:G 28
U.S. Library of Congress. Genealogies cataloged by the Library of Congress since 1986 : with a list of established forms of family names and a list of genealogies converted to microform since 1983. Washington, D.C. : Cataloging Distribution Service, Library of Congress : For sale by the Service, 1991, c1992.