Handbooks and Manuals

Patrons without experience or training in genealogical research should begin by consulting one or more of the following manuals, most of which are available in the Reference Room.

Alderman Reference
CS 16 .A5
American Society of Genealogists. Genealogical research: methods and sources. Washington, D.C.: American Society of Genealogists, 1960. 2 vols.Excellent explanation of the use of public and institutional records. National, state, and regional chapters provide detailed information on the primary and secondary sources vital to genealogical research in each area and include descriptions of the archival material available. Pages 212-20 (vol. 1) cover genealogical research in Virginia.
Alderman Stacks
CS16 .C3
Cache Genealogical Library, Logan, Utah. Handbook for genealogical correspondence. Salt Lake City, Bookcraft, [1964, c1963]Listing, by state, of names and addresses of libraries, archives, historical societies, and American church historical societies and archives that have genealogical holdings. There is also a list of genealogical publications that publish advertisements for genealogical inquiries.
Alderman Stacks & Reference
CS16.D6 1980

Doane, Gilbert H., and James B. Bell. Searching for Your Ancestors: The How and Why of Genealogy. 5th ed. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1980.

A standard account. Latest revision added chapters on “Ethnic Origins” and “Bridging the Seas.” 4th edition (1973) included “Bibliography of Lists, Registers, Rolls, and Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers,” omitted in this edition.

Encyclopedia of Genealogy. (free online)The Encyclopedia of Genealogy serves as a compendium of genealogical tools and techniques. It provides reference information about everything in genealogy except people. Look to the Encyclopedia of Genealogy to provide explanations of how to look up your family tree, explanations of terms found in genealogy research, including obsolete medical and legal terms. It will describe locations where records may be found. It also will describe how to research Italian, German, Polish, French-Canadian, Jewish, Black, Indian and other ancestors. In short, the Encyclopedia of Genealogy will serve as your standard genealogy reference manual.
Alderman Reference
CS 47 .E9 1981
Everton, George B. The handy book for genealogists. 7th ed., rev. and enl. Logan, Utah (P.O. Box 368, Logan 84321) : Everton Publishers, c1981.
Alderman Ref
CS47.G73 1990

Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1990.

“Part I of this book deals with the basic principles of genealogical research as they apply to American ancestral problems and deals exclusively with those records in which the student will do most of his research.”

Alderman Stacks CS16 .H4

Helmbold, F. Wilbur. Tracing your ancestry : a step-by-step guide to researching your family history. Birmingham, Ala.: Oxmoor House, 1976.

Concisely outlines proper search methods, for keeping, organizing files, etc. Well suited for beginning researchers. Bibliography of recommended sources.

Alderman Stacks
CS14 .H56 1999
Hinckley, Kathleen W. Locating lost family members & friends : modern genealogical research techniques for locating the people of your past and present. Cincinnati, Ohio : Betterway Books, c1999.
Alderman Reference
CS16.J38 1977
Jaussi, Laureen Richardson and Gloria D. Chaston. Fundamentals of genealogical research. 3d ed., enlarged. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1977.Basically formulated as a textbook, this is one of the most useful manuals available, Details genealogical practices thoroughly and concisely, employing many helpful examples, sample charts, etc. Emphasizes Latter Day Saints (Mormon) practices, including an informative chapter on that church’s Computer File Index.


Alderman Library
CS16 .W526 1997

KBYU-Brigham Young University. Ancestors. 1997-2000.
Companion website to television show aired on PBS beginning in 1997. http://www.byubroadcasting.org/ancestors/

Willard, Jim. Ancestors. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
Companion book to 1st season of television show Ancestors.

Alderman Reference
CS14 .K46 2003
Kemp, Thomas Jay. Virtual roots 2.0 : a guide to genealogy and local history on the World Wide Web. Rev. and updated. Wilmington, DE : Scholarly Resources, 2003.
Alderman Reference
D5 .M55 2007

Mills, Elizabeth S. Evidence explained : citing history sources from artifacts to cyberspace. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 2007.

Fundamentals of evidence analysis — Fundamentals of citation — Archives & artifacts — Business & institutional records — Cemetery records — Census records — Church records — Local & state records: courts & governance — Local & state records: licenses, registrations, rolls & vital records — Local & state records: property & probates — National government records — Publications: books, maps, leaflets & videos — Publications: legal works & government documents — Publications: periodicals, broadcasts & web miscellanea.

Alderman Reference
CS9 .P76 2001
Mills, Elizabeth S., ed. Professional genealogy; a manual for researchers, writers, editors, lecturers, and librarians. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 2001.
Alderman Stacks
Z 5313 .U5 P37
Parker, J. Carlyle. Library Service for Genealogists. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1981.Intended primarily for Librarians administering genealogical collections and services, this is nevertheless of great value to the general genealogical researcher.
Alderman Stacks
CS9.P48 1969b

Pine, Leslie G. The genealogist’s encyclopedia. New York: Weybright and Talley, 1969.

A simplified guide, this book outlines record searching. It is especially helpful in its explanation of European records. Part II deals with heraldry, Part III with the clan system. Included are a heraldic glossary, a general glossary, and an index.

Education Stacks ZA4450 .S54 2001
Sherman, Chris. The invisible Web : uncovering information sources search engines can’t see. Medford, N.J. : Information Today, c2001.There is a specific section on Genealogical Resources, but there are also sections on finding telephone numbers and addresses, and locating people.
Alderman Reference
The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry Publishing Co., 1984.
Alderman Stacks
CS 9 .W74 1995
Wright, Raymond S. The genealogist’s handbook : modern methods for researching family history. Chicago : American Library Association, 1995.