I began my collection of genealogy reference books in 1994 with my first purchase at the suggestion of a fellow member of our local genealogical society. Here are some of my favorite books:
- Everton’s Genealogical Helper – A “must have” for any genealogist who needs to know the names of counties and when they were established. Sometimes, those county lines moved, but the families stayed in the same place.
- The Kentucky Land Grants, Parts 1 and 2 – Willard Rouse Jillson
- Goodspeed’s Reminiscent History of the Ozark Region – Many of my relatives lived in Howell County, MO and just over the border in Fulton County, AR.
- History of Kentucky, Illustrated. Volumes 3 and 4; Perrin, Battle, and Kniffen – Many of the Kentuckians eventually moved to Iowa, Missouri and Tennessee, as my Pentecost, Smith and Osgathorpe families did. This book helped me track them back to KY.
- Revolutionary Soliders in Kentucky; Quisenberry – This book helped me document my ancestors in the Breedlove, Smith and Carlisle families, as well as the Poindexter line, with which I was accepted into the DAR. The book is done by counties, with the count of pensioners in each one.
- Washington County, Tennessee, Settlements and Estates 1790 – 1841; Lucas. I was tracking my Register and Holmes families using this book.
- Revolutionary Soldiers of Western North Carolina, Volumes 1 and 2; Southern Historical Press, SC. This book pinpointed the location of my ancestor Richard Osgathorpe’s land, and I will be using that to add him as a Patriot in the DAR.
- Mapping America’s Past – Carnes and Garraty with Williams. An excellent historical atlas with timelines and detailed maps.
- History of St. Lawrence County, New York, with Illustrations – L. H. Everts and Co., originally published 1878; republished 1982. My husband’s Bean (MacBean) and Cook families can be traced using this book.
- Atlas of the North American Indian – Carl Waldman; Maps and Illustrations by Molly Braun; I bought this book hoping to find some citation of the “Black Indians”. This is not in reference to Indians who were accepted into tribes that were originally from Africa. There is a tribe called the Black Indians which has no connection to the Blackfeet/Blackfoot Indians. These Black Indians would have been on the east coast and up into Canada.
- Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia – George Way of Plean and Romilly Square;
- Americans of Royal Descent, 7th Edition – Charles H. Browning;
My other more personal books include:
Poindexter Family History – Brown and Agee
Francis Redford, Immigrant to America 1659 – June Reid