Genealogy Guidebooks

You can spend literally months building a family tree on FamilySearch or trolling Ancestry for hints, but you may be overlooking important discoveries simply because you are not aware of key resources or search tips. For instance, how to search the largest cemetery database, Find A Grave; or how to discover other immediate family members or accompanying relatives on a ship’s passenger manifest; or how to use name variations when searching, especially for immigrants who adopted American names. Try consulting one or more of these genealogy guidebooks.

The Family Tree Guide To DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. Updated to include latest DNA developments. Pros and cons of major testing companies. Explains DNA terms such as haplogroups and DNA inheritance patterns.

Unofficial Guide to Expanded and revised to help you get the most out of your subscription. Time-saving tips, details about historical record collections and card catalogs, and guides for managing your family tree.

Unofficial Guide to Discover your ancestry on, the world’s largest free genealogy website. This fully-updated in-depth user guide shows you how to find your family in the site’s databases. Collections reviews, crafting search queries, managing your tree, and user tips.

Family Tree Workbook. 30+ step-by-step worksheets to build your family history. Paperback or spiral-bound. Features pedigree charts, family lore sheets, migration maps, and blended family worksheets.

The Family Tree Toolkit. Designed to help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming search of finding your ancestors. Provides you with guides to online databases, how to share your story, and DNA discoveries.

National Geographic Historical Atlas of the United States. Divided into six sections: 1450-1750, 1750-1800, 1800-1850, 1850-1900, 1900-1950, 1950-present. Each section begin s with a timeline of the period’s events and then a map created by great cartographers, like Lewis and Clark.

A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards. A reference book for genealogists, history buffs, ghost hunters and others seeking to learn the forgotten meanings of cemetery symbols. Identify statuary, symbols for societies, and meaning of flowers, trees, plants, and different types of crosses.

Organize Your Genealogy. This book shows you how to use tried-and-true methods and the latest tech tools and genealogy software to organize your research plan, workspace, and family history finds.

Research Like A Pro. Wonder how to make progress on your brick wall problems? Discover the processes professional genealogists use to crack difficult cases.

The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Ireland 
Scottish Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond, by David Dobson is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to As an Amazon Associate I earn a very small percentage from qualifying purchases, which is used to support this website and continue to bring valuable family research content to our readers. There is NO ADDITIONAL COST to Amazon buyers.

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