Monday, September 15, 2008

10 Essential Books In My Genealogy Library X 4 + 6

The 56th Edition of the COG hosted by Lori Thornton of Smoky Mountain Family Historian asks for 10 essential books in my genealogy library.

My office has books stacked from the floor to the ceiling and in every nook and drawer. I never met a book I didn't want for one reason or another. So selecting ten? Can't do it.

I consider myself a family historian and while that designation encompasses genealogical research, I break "family historian" into four categories; research, writing, history, and because of my family - photography. So I'm giving you my essentials in the four categories. I will not be including a description. The truth is I'm tired from so much Smiling For The Camera. Just know that I love each and every one listed.

In all four categories I must list Google Books and Safari Books Online at the Seattle Public Library. I could not live without them. The things I find in those two places continues to surprise and amaze me.

  1. Organizing Your Family History Search: Efficient & Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical Research by Sharon Carmack
  2. The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy, Third Edition by Val D. Greenwood
  3. Handybook for Genealogists 8TH Edition by Everton Publishers
  4. Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records by Kory Meyerink
  5. Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians by Elizabeth Shown Mills
  6. The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual by Board for Certification Of Genealogists
  7. Carmack's Guide to Copyright & Contracts: A Primer for Genealogists, Writers & Researchers by Sharon Debartolo Carmack and Karen Kreider Gaunt
  8. Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students Patrick Rael, Bowdoin College - This book is online and I love it!
  9. Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions by Don Williams and Louisa Jaggar
  1. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills
  2. The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers (14th Edition) by Chicago Editorial Staff
  3. Legacy : A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Personal History by Linda Spence
  4. You Can Write Your Family History by Sharon Debartolo Carmack
  5. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition by Merriam-Webster Plus 13 dictionaries from the 1800s to 1940s.
  6. The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said by Robert Byrne
  7. Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction by Lee Gutkind
  8. Truman by David McCullough - Just For Inspiration!
  1. America 1900: The Turning Point by Judy Crichton
  2. The Historical Atlas of New York City: A Visual Celebration of 400 Years of New York City's History by Eric Homberger and Alice Hudson
  3. New York State Censuses & Substitutes by William Dollarhide
  4. The World of Carnegie Hall by Richard Schickel
  5. Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginners Guide To Family History In The City Of Chicago by Grace Dumelle
  6. Atlas of American Migration by Stephen A. Flanders
  7. Encyclopedia of Etiquette by Emily Holt - A Book of Manners For Everyday Use 1915
  8. Philharmonic: A History of New York's Orchestra by Howard Shanet
  1. Biographies of Western Photographers 1840-1900 by Carl Mautz
  2. Photographers: A Sourcebook for Historical Research by Richard Rudisill, Martha A. Sandweiss, and Peter E. Palmquist
  3. Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865 by Peter E. Palmquist and Thomas R. Kailbourn
  4. Pioneer Photographers of the Far West: A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865 by Peter Palmquist and Thomas Kailbourn
  5. Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900 by Joan L. Severa
  6. Collector's Guide to Early Photographs by O. Henry Mace
  7. Card Photographs: A Guide to Their History and Value by Lou W. McCulloch
  8. Cartes de Visite In Nineteenth Century Photography by William C. Darrah
  9. The Victorians: Photographic Portraits by Audrey Linkman
  10. The Expert Guide To Dating Victorian Family Photographs by Audrey Linkman
  11. Preserving Your Family Photographs: How to Organize, Present, and Restore Your Precious Family Images by Maureen A. Taylor
  12. Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs by Maureen Taylor
  13. Scrapbooking Your Family History by Maureen Taylor
  14. Adobe Photoshop Restoration & Retouching (3rd Edition) (Voices That Matter) by Katrin Eismann and Wayne Palmer
  15. Photoshop Masking & Compositing (VOICES) by Katrin Eismann
  16. Another 20 Photography Books
This does not include the magazines I read in each category and the historical magazines and catalogs I collect. Another day.

Perhaps I can see why Mr. Maven wants a divorce.


Blogger The Photo Detective said...

I know just how you feel. There is no way I can pick just 10! My office is full of books and I have floor to ceiling bookcases in my living room and in a hallway.

I'm honored that my books appear on your list!

September 16, 2008 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger Heather MC-W said...

Thanks for including a couple of our databases in your list. Have you played with America's Genealogy Bank? It is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. I especially like the various congressional and other government reports. That is where I learned how much my gggrandfather made as a meat inspector for the Department of Agriculture in Kansas City in 1912. I also found his exact birthdate in the "Report of employees of the department over age 70." Never any place I would have thought to look for a birthdate.

September 16, 2008 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Thanks for the comment and the great information! This COG limited us to books, but not only do I use the SPL databases, I'm a huge fan. owes some of its successes to those databases.

I love my library card.


P.S. And Heather, I think we've met.

September 16, 2008 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


No photographic book collection could be complete without your books. I have them all, but the new one and that one's on its way.


September 17, 2008 at 9:34 PM  

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