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Section 929 at your local public library is the main one to consult for how to books, both on the regular shelves and in the Reference Section. Here are a few worth looking out for, but there are many others on various ethnic backgrounds and specialized subjects.

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AMSDEN, Peter. 1999. Basic Approach to Making Contact with Relatives. Federation of Family History Societies, Bury, Lancashire, England.

BAUN, Willa K. 1977. Transcribing and Editing Oral History. American Assoc. for State and Local History, Nashville, Tennessee.

BAYLEY, Nigel. 2000 3rd edition or later.Computer Aided Genealogy. Comes with free Top Ten of genealogy shareware and demo’s CD. ABM Publishing, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, England.

BAXTER, Angus. 2001. In Search of Your Canadian Roots. McMillan, Toronto.

BENNETT, Maura. 1996. “Family Threads―Family Heirlooms Exhibition 1995.” Family History News and Digest Vol. 10, #3, page 103-104.

BENTLEY, Elizabeth Petty. Current edition.The Genealogists Address Book. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland. 7,000 addresses.

BLOOM, B.S. (ed.) 1956.The Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: Handbook 1: The Cognitive Domain. Longmans.

BOARD FOR CERTIFICATION OF GENEALOGISTS. 2000.The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. Ancestry Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah.

BRIGGS, Elizabeth. 1995. Access to Ancestry: A Genealogical Resource Manual for Canadians Tracing their Heritage.

BROWN, Hugo. 2003. “Hit the Brick Wall: Solutions for the Stymied Searchers.” Family Tree Magazine Vol. 19, #6, page 21-22.

CALLAGHAN, Sue. 2001. On the Use and Abuse of Books in The Family and Local History Handbook. 5th edition. Genealogical Services Directory.

CAVELL, Jane. 2002. “Photographs in Computer Section.” Family Tree Magazine Vol. 18, #7, page 41-42.

CAVELL, Jane. 2002. “Choosing Genealogy Software in Computer Section.” Family Tree Magazine Vol. 18, #12, page 31-33.

CAVELL, Jane. 2002. “Internet Sources: Charts and Forms in Computer Section.” Family Tree Magazine Vol. 19, #2, page 40.

CHAPMAN, Colin R. 1996. Tracing Your British Ancestors. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland.

CHAPMAN, Colin. 1996. “Choosing a Microfiche Reader." Family History Magazine Vol. 12, #7, page 47.

CHRISTENSEN, Penelope. 2000. Organization for One-Name Studies. Heritage Productions.

CHRISTENSEN, Penelope. 2000. Organization for the Professional Researcher. Heritage Productions.

CHRISTENSEN, Penelope, NELSON, Claudine and TAYLOR, Ryan. 2004 2nd edition. Organizing a Genealogy Library. Heritage Productions.

CLIPPINGDALE, Jack. 1999. “Mission Uncovered.” Cockney Ancestor (East of London FHS). #84, page 20-22.

COLE, Jean and John TITFORD. 1997.Tracing Your Family Tree. Countryside Books.

COLLETTA, John Philip. 2000.Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and its Aftermath. Direct Descent, Washington, DC.

CORY, Kathleen B. 1996. Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry. Macmillan, Canada.

CURRAN, Joan Ferris, CRANE, Madilyn Coen and WRAY, John H. 2000. Numbering Your Genealogy: Basic Systems, Complex Families and International Kin. National Genealogical Society, Arlington, Virginia.

DOUGLAS, Althea. 1998-9.Help! I’ve Inherited an Attic Full of History: A Guide for Genealogists―and others―on Ways to Hand the Past on to the Future. Volume 1: Dating, Evaluating and Disposing of the Accumulation of a Lifetime (1998). Volume II: Archival Conservation in the Home Environment (1999). Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto, Ontario.

DRYDEN, Jean E. 1982.Images in Time: A Basic Guide to the Processing and Preservation of Historical Photographs. ACCESS, Edmonton.

EASTMAN, Dick. 2004. “How to Create Your Own DVD and VCD Disks. ”Ontario Genealogical Society Seminar Syllabus 2004.

EMMISON, F.G. 1967. How to Read Local Archives 1550-1700. The Historical Association, London, England.

FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY, Salt Lake City, Utah. Research Outlines on various countries, provinces and states. For details on the [ FamilySearch Wik FEDERATION OF FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETIES have published dozens of excellent, inexpensive and up-to-date guides for mainly English and Welsh research. See [ catalogu FITZHUGH, Terrick (edited by Susan LUMAS). 1998. Dictionary of Genealogy. Alphabooks, London, England.

GANDY, Michael. 1981. “Employing a Professional Researcher: A Practical Guide. ”Genealogists’ Magazine Vol. 20, #7, page 232-236.

GIBSON, J. and PESKETT, P. 1998. (Current edition). Record Offices: How to Find Them. FFHS (Britain.)

GREENWOOD, Val. D. 3rd edition 2000. The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland.

HALEY, Alex. 1976. Roots. Doubleday and Company, Garden City, New York.

HALLMAN, Anita Young. 1997. Self-Preservation. Deseret Book Co.

HANOWSKI, Laura M. 2000.Tracing Your Saskatchewan Ancestors: A Guide to the Records and How to Use Them. Saskatchewan Genealogical Society.

HAWGOOD, D. 1995 or latest ed.. Computers for Family History: An Introduction. D. Hawgood.

HAWKINS, Brenda. 1995. “Book Reviews.” East Surrey Family History Society Journal Vol. 18, #4, page 32.

HERBER, Mark D. 1997. Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland.

HOUSTON, J. Richard. 1979.Numbering the Survivors: A History of the Standish Family of Ireland, Ontario and Alberta. Generation Press, Toronto, Ontario.

HUMPHERY-SMITH, C.R. 1995.The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers: England, Wales and Scotland. Phillimore, Chichester, Sussex.

IRVINE, Sherry and HINCKLEY, Kathleen. 2002. “Client and Professional: Make the Relationship Work.” Everton’s Family History Magazine Vol. 56, #5, page 120-121.

JOHNSON, Keith A. and SAINTY, Malcolm R. (Editors). Genealogical Research Directory. Was published annually since 1981. Check your local library for past editions.

JONASSON, Eric. 1978. The Canadian Genealogical Handbook. Wheatfield Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

KAMINKOW, Marion J. 1987. 2 volumes and 2 supplements. Genealogies in the Library of Congress: A Bibliography. Magna Carta Book Company, Baltimore, Maryland.

KARCICH, Grant. 2007.Finding Your Italian Ancestors. Heritage Productions.

LANDREY, Gregory J. (editor).The Winterthur Guide to Caring for Your Collection. Winterthur Decorative Arts Series.

LANSDELL, Avril. 1985. Fashion A La Carte 1860-1900. Shire Publications.

LEMIEUX, Victoria and David LEONARD. 1992.Tracing Your Ancestors in Alberta. Lemieux/Leonard Research Associates, Edmonton, Alberta.

LONG, Richard W. and LONG, Jane. Caring for Your Family Treasures. Heritage Preservation Publications. Harry Abrams Inc.

McCRACKEN, Jane. 1974. Oral History-Basic Techniques. Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature.

MERRIMAN, Brenda Dougall. 1996. 4th edition 2008.Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records. Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto.

MERRIMAN, Brenda Dougall. 2010. Genealogical Standards of Evidence: A Guide for Family Historians. Dundurn, Toronto, Ontario.

MORRIS, Susan. 1986. “The Folklore of Genealogy. ”Genealogists’ Magazine Vol. 22, #4, page 139-143.

Museum and Archival Supplies Handbook. 1985. 3rd edition. Ontario Museum Association and the Toronto Area Archivists Group, Toronto. Lists Canadian as well as some American and British suppliers.

MUSEUM ASSOCIATION [of UK]. Annual.Museums and Galleries Yearbook. Has list of museums and art galleries who can advise on preservation and restoration.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF MUSEUMS. The Official Museum Directory. Annual. Has large Classified Buyer's Guide listing USA suppliers.

PARKINSON, Colin. 2001. Plastic―That Will Do Nicely! in The Family and Local History Handbook. 5th edition. Genealogical Services Directory.

PAULSON, Deirdre and ENGLISH, Jeanne. Preserving the Precious. Preservation Source, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

PERRY, Esther and Susanna DE GROOT. 2007. 3rd edition. Finding Your Dutch Ancestors. Heritage Productions.

PIGGIN, Jean-Baptiste and Linda HANSEN. 1999. “Writing Cold to Strangers and the Best Way to Go about It.” Journal of One-Name Studies Vol. 6, #11, page 244-245.

PLAYER-DAHNSJÖ, Ylva. 2001. “Looking After Stuff.” Practical Family History #48, page 11-12.

POLS, Robert. 1994. Dating Old Photographs. Federation of Family History Societies, Bury, Lancashire, England.

POLS, Robert. 1995. Understanding Old Photographs. Robert Boyd Publications.

PRITCHARD, Michael. 1994. A Directory of London Photographers 1841-1908. PhotoResearch, Watford, Hertfordshire, England.

PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. 1998. Genealogical Resources for British Columbians. BC Vital Statistics Agency.

PUNCH, Terence M. 1998. Genealogical Research in Nova Scotia. Petheric Press, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

PUNCH, Terence M. and George F. SANBORN. 1997. 2nd edition. Genealogists Handbook for Atlantic Canada Research. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

RICKARD, Gillian. 1998. “Disaster Training in Family History Happenings.” Kent Family History Journal Vol. 8, #12, page 589.

ROGERS, Colin D. 1998. 3rd edition. The Family Tree Detective. Manchester University Press.

SECOL LTD. 2002. 6th edition. Bringing the Past to Light in The Family and Local History Handbook. Genealogical Services Directory.

SPERRY, Kip. 2002. Revised edition. Reading Early American Handwriting. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland.

ST DENIS, Louise. 1997. Ask Lots of Questions, Get Lots of Answers. Heritage Productions.

ST DENIS, Louise. 2001.Finding Your French-Canadian Ancestors. Heritage Productions.

STEEL, Don. 1979. Discovering Your Family History. British Broadcasting Corporation. This is the classic description of the Honeycombe family research that was televised in Britain and launched thousands more genealogies a few years after Alex Haley's Roots in the USA.

STEEL, Don and Lawrence TAYLOR. (Editors.) 1984. Family History in Focus. Lutterworth Press.

TAYLOR, Ryan. 2000. Books You Need to do Genealogy in Ontario: An Annotated Bibliography. Round Tower Books, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

TIPPEY, David. 2001. 5th edition. Do I Really Need a Computer? What Exactly Will It Do for Me? in The Family and Local History Handbook. Genealogical Services Directory.

TODD, Andrew. 1987.Basic Sources for Family History 1. Back to the Early 1800s. Allen and Todd, Bury, Lancashire, England.

TUTTLE, Craig A. 1994. An Ounce of Preservation: A Guide to the Care of Papers and Photographs. Rainbow Books.

VALENTINE, Jill. 1995. “Threads of Family History.” Family Tree Magazine Vol. 12, #1, page 56-57.

WAGNER, Anthony. 1983. English Genealogy. Phillimore, Chichester, Sussex.

WEBB, Clifford. 1989. Dates and Calendars for the Genealogist. Society of Genealogists.

WILLIAMS, Patricia. 1999. Once Upon a Lifetime. Time Broker.


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