These are books that I own or that I acquired for the local public library during my tenure there.

The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual by Board for Certification of Genealogists (, 2000).

Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures by Christine Rose (CR Publications, 2004).

Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997).

Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 2nd Ed. by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Genealogical Publishing Company, 2007), with the companion web site, Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage.

The Family Tree Problem Solver: Proven Methods for Scaling the Inevitable Brick Wall by Marsha Hoffman Rising (Family Tree Books, 2005).

Genealogical Proof Standard, 3rd edition, by Christine Rose (CR Publications, 2009).

How to Do Everything Genealogy by George Morgan (McGraw-Hill Osborne Media, 2009).

Land & Property Research in the United States by E. Wade Hone (Ancestry Publishing, 1997).

Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-1815 by William Dollarhide (Precision Indexing, 1997).

Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 by William Dollarhide and William Thorndale (Genealogical Publishing Company, 1995).

North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History edited by Helen F. M. Leary (North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1996).

Organizing Your Family History Search: Efficient & Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical Research by Sharon Carmack (Betterway Books, 1999).

Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Genealogical Publishing Company, 2001).

Reading Early American Handwriting by Kip Sperry (Genealogical Publishing Company, 2008).

The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, Third Edition by Val D. Greenwood (Genealogical Publishing Company, 2001).

The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy (Third Edition) ed. by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Leubking (Ancestry Publishing, 2006).

State Census Records by Ann S. Lainhart (Genealogical Publishing Company, 2000).

Unpuzzling Your Past: The Best-Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy by Emily Croom (Betterway Books, 2001).


The following journals are generally scholarly in nature, and are recommended reading for those interested in polishing their research skills. All are known for the high quality of the articles contained within.

The American Genealogist, aka TAG, currently edited by David L. Greene, FASG; Robert Charles Anderson, FASG; and Joseph C. Anderson II, FASG.

The Genealogist published by the American Society of Genealogists.

The National Genealogical Society Quarterly, aka NGSQ, published by the National Genealogical Society.

The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, aka The Register, published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, aka The Record, published by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

Additionally, a group of genealogy professionals is trying to put together an e-journal devoted to genealogical theory, evidence analysis, and methodologies, Topics in Genealogical Theory and Methods.


I’ve been pondering adding a section of references for scholarly or other articles that may be of interest to those researching Southern ancestors. Below is a start, a list I hope to add to along and along. Some of these articles may be available online, and if I’m aware of that, I’ll include a link. Unless otherwise noted, I’ve read all of these before recommending them. I’m beginning with articles dealing specifically with my own personal research focus, the Southeastern United States. Suggestions are welcome!

Note: I could recommend Elizabeth Shown Mills’ articles all day long, but don’t wait for me to. Instead, go over to her excellent web site, Historic Pathways, and have fun, genealogy style.

Louis A. Ferleger and John D. Metz, “‘Goods, Chattels, Lands and Tenements’: Probate and the Pattern of Material Culture in Three Upland Georgia Counties, 1880 – 1910,” Georgia Historical Quarterly 90 (Issue 4): 525-546. [Note: The three counties are Crawford, Franklin, and Jasper.]

Paul K. Graham, “A Blue Ridge Family for Alsaph Briggs Barker,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 98 (June 2010): 85-100. [Note: Eastern and Northeastern Georgia.]

Elizabeth Shown Mills, “Applying the Preponderance-of-the-Evidence Principle to a Southern Frontier Problem: William Medders of Alabama,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 82 (March 1994): 32–49. [Note: Alabama, with a small mention of Georgia. Online at Historic Pathways.]

Elizabeth Shown Mills, “Roundabout Research: Pursuing Collateral Lines to Prove Parentage of a Direct Ancestor–Samuel Hanson of Frontier Georgia,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 91 (March 2003): 19-30. [Note: Online at Historic Pathways.]

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