My Genealogy Library

These are the books that currently make up my personal genealogy library. I've broken them down into topic areas: area histories, genealogies, indexes, local and general research guides and miscellaneous books of interest. Some books are digital copies that are available for free online, but I have included them because they have been helpful to my research.

A note about the miscellaneous books of interest section: While these books are not genealogy books per se, they do offer a glimpse at a portion of my ancestors' lives. It may be their food, culture or the architecture of that time period. For that reason, I have chosen to add them to my genealogy library.

Books that I have reviewed have a link to the review if you want to learn more about the book and what I thought of it.

Area Histories
  • A History of Lewis County, West Virginia by Edward Conrad Smith
  • A History of Bristol Parish, VA by Philip Slaughter
  • Chronicles of Border Warfare by Alexander Scott Withers & Lyman Copeland Draper
  • Eyewitness to Irish History by Peter Berresford Ellis
  • Histories of Bolton and Bowling (townships of Bradford) by William Cudworth 
  • History of Clinch County, Georgia by Folks Huxford
  • History of Harrison County, West Virginia by Henry Haymond  
  • History of Ritchie County by Minnie Kendall Lowther
  • History of the Early Settlement and Indian Wars of Western Virginia by Willis De Hass
  • History of Virginia From Settlement of Jamestown to Close of the Civil War by Robert Alonzo Brock and Virgil Anson Lewis
  • History of Wetzel County, West Virginia by John C. McEldowney
  • Manningham, Heaton, and Allerton (townships of Bradford) Treated Historically and Topographically by William Cudworth 
  • The Americans: The Colonial Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin
  • The Border Settlers of Northwestern Virginia from 1768 to 1795 by Lucullus Virgil McWhorter, William Elsey Connelley & John Peterson MacLean
  • A Memoir of a Portion of the Bolling Family in England and Virginia by Robert Bolling 
  • Americans of Royal Descent: A Collection of Genealogies of American Families Whose Lineage is Traced to the Legitimate Issue of Kings by Charles Henry Browning
  • Colonial Families of the Southern States of America: A History and Genealogy of Colonial Families who Settled in the Colonies Prior to the Revolution by Stella Pickett Hardy
  • Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography by Lyon Gardiner Tyler
  • Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia, Volume 1 by William Meade
  • Old King William Homes and Families: An Account of Some of the Old Homesteads and Families of King William County, Virginia, From Its Earliest Settlement by Peyton Neale Clarke
  • Pocahontas, alias Matoaka, and Her Descendants by Wyndham Robertson 
  • Some Prominent Virginia Families, Volume 4 by Louise Pecquet du Bellet, Edward Jaquelin and Martha Cary Jaquelin
Miscellaneous Indexes
  • Index to American Genealogies: And to Genealogical Material Contained in All Works Such as Town Histories by Daniel Steele Durrie
  • Index to Names of Persons and Churches in Bishop Meade's Old Churches, Ministers, and Families of Virginia by Joseph Meredith Toner
  • Wise's Digested Index and Genealogical Guide to Bishop Meade's Old Churches, Ministers, and Families of Virginia, Embracing 6,900 Proper Names by William Meade
    General Research Guides
    • Becoming an Accredited Genealogist: Plus 100 Tips to Ensure Your Success by Karen Clifford
    • Census Substitutes and State Census Records, Volume 1: Eastern States by William Dollarhide
    • Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures by Christine Rose
    • Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyperspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills
    • Genealogical Proof Standard by Christine Rose (Review)
    • Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records by Kory Meyerink
    • Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians by Elizabeth Shown Mills
    • The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual by the Board for Certification of Genealogists
    • The Family Tree Problem Solver : Tried-and-True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors by Marsha Hoffman Rising
    • The Genealogist's Companion & Sourcebook by Emily Croom
    • The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy by Val Greenwood
    • Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor by Bertram Hawthorne Greene
    Location Research Guides
    • Georgia Genealogical Research by George K. Schweitzer
    • Indiana Genealogical Research by George K. Schweitzer
    • Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research by Roseann Reinemuth Hogan
    • Virginia Genealogical Research by George K. Schweitzer (Review)
    • West Virginia Genealogy: Sources and Resources for Carol McGinnis (Review)
    Miscellaneous Books of Interest
    • Southern Accents: Historic Houses of the South (pictures of historic Southern Homes mixed with history of the home and its famous occupants)
    • The Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant Ancestors by Jeff Smith (a cookbook of ethnic recipes interspersed with information about various cultures and immigration)