A list of helpful books to guide you in your research:

General Genealogy Guides:

Eichholz, Alice. Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources3rd edition. Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004.

Szucs, Loretto Dennis (Editor), Luebking, Sandra Hargreaves (Editor). The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy. 3rd edition. Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2006.

Croom, Emily Anne. Unpuzzling Your Past: The Best-Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy4th edition. Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 2010.

Immigration and Naturalization:

Colletta, John Philip. They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Arrival Record. 3rd edition. Orem, Utah: Ancestry, 2002.

Szucs, Loretta Dennis. They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1998.

Organizing Your Research:

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. Organizing Your Family History Search: Efficient and Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical Research. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 1999.


Meyerink, Kory. Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical RecordsSalt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1998.

Pfeiffer, Laura Szucs. Hidden Sources: Family History in Unlikely PlacesOrem, Utah: Ancestry, 2000.

Rose, Christine. Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical TreasuresDunn Loring, Virginia: CR Publications, 2004.

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. Your Guide to Cemetery ResearchCincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 2002.

Advanced and Aspiring Professionals:

Board for Certification of Genealogists. BCG Genealogical Standards ManualOrem, Utah: Ancestry, 2000.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace2nd edition. Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 2009.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown, editor. Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and LibrariansBaltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2001.