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Books on History & Genealogy

by Susan McKellar

Four types of books have been found to be very useful:

The Ottawa Public Library is a good source of general books on how to do genealogy, as well as general history books. Also books can be purchased from specialized vendors (see list).

Local history books can be found in local libraries and archives in the area you are researching. Genealogy vendors also carry some. And the National Library has a good selection as well. Their staff will help you search.

Relatives are the primary source for published family histories. Note that many of these books, especially the older ones, do not note their sources of information.

Here are some comments on books read over the past few years. Recommended titles are in bold.

Tracing Your Family History Adolph, Anthony British, current, useful
In Search of Your Canadian Roots Baxter, Angus Good starting book
In Search of Your British & Irish Roots Baxter, Angus good
Tracing Scottish Ancestors Bigwood, Rosemary hope to use this soon
Scotland in Trust Calder, Jenni history
Research at the Family History Center Christensen, Penelope useful but confusing
How Do I Prove It? Christensen, Penelope useful
Let's Get Organized Christensen, Penelope useful
You Can Write Your Family History Cormack, Sharon DeBartolo good
A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors Cormack, Sharon DeBartolo good
A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Immigrant & Ethnic Ancestors Cormack, Sharon DeBartolo great bibliography
The Sleuth Book for Genealogists Croom, Emily Anne excellent, comprehensive
Plugging Into Your Past Crume, Rick mostly American, less useful
Help! I've Inherited an Attic Full of History Douglas, Althea useful - Protect objects from dust, light, temperature swings, in acid-free containers. Keep track of them.
Here be Dragons! Navigating the hazards found in Canadian family research Douglas, Althea lots of useful tips
Here be Dragons, too! More navigational hazards for the Canadian family researcher Douglas, Althea lots of useful tips
Research at the Library and Archives Canada Douglas, Althea good
Tools of the Trade for Canadian Genealogy Douglas, Althea  
The Beginner's Guide to Genealogy Dunford, Fraser published by the Ontario Genealoqical Society
More Dating Old Photographs, 1840-1929 Family Chronicle useful - lots of examples by decade; intro by Maureen Taylor
More Brickwall Solutions to Genealogy Problems Family Chronicle interesting
Tracing Your Ancestors Field, D. M. British, basic overview and descriptions of sources
Genealogy Basics Online Flinn, Cherri Melton less useful; mostly American
Land Policies of Upper Canada Gates, Lillian F. history
The Unofficial Guide to Online Genealogy Hahn, Patricia Rice some help; American; some web sites out of date
Producing a Quality Family History Hatcher, Patricia Law detailed; look at it again when closer to writing
Ancestral Trails: The complete guide to British genealogy and family history Herber, Mark excellent, comprehensive, weighty 
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