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The Best Genealogy Reference Books

Genealogy is one of the complicated subjects to deal with. You cannot state something unless or until you are hundred percent confident and if you have proper evidence to back them. In this article, we will see the best genealogy reference books that will help anyone who is interested in the subject.

The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy (Third Edition)

The book was the work of Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. After a strict evaluation from the genealogists and eminent historical researchers of the first two editions, they started referring it as the Genealogist’s Bible. The third edition has also lived up to the standards and has maintained the tradition. It is one of the most preferred reference books for novice genealogists and well-experienced researchers.

The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America (10th edition)

 

The Handybook for Genealogists

The book was the work of by R. Craig Hansen, Stephen E.Featherstone and George B. Everton.  The tenth edition was one of the highly anticipated reference books. It is one of the most valued genealogy reference books that are currently available. It is a reliable resource for any genealogist who wants to trace any heritage.

Bring your family history through social history

Bring your family history through social history is by Katherine Scott Sturtevant. It is the first ever reference book that serves as a guide for researchers to wave details of history into their genealogy. It helps to form a unique and very different narrative of the family history.

International Vital Records Handbook (sixth edition)

The International Vital Records Handbook sixth edition was the work of Thomas Jay Kemp. At some point in our lives, there will be a necessity for the birth certificate, marriage certificate, and even a death certificate. The need for the documents might vary. It might be for driver’s license, passport verification, social security, and simple identity proof.   The verification process of the copies of the certificate is a humongous process as it differs from state to state and sometimes the referral also needs to be done in other countries.

The Census Book: A genealogist’s guide to federal census facts, schedules and Indexes

William Dollarhide and James A. Derheim did this incredible work. The book is filled with amazing facts and a lot of details.  The guide book deals more about the census and also has twenty-nine census extraction forms from the years 1790 to 1930.  The forms are a lot useful when you need to track any information about the ancestors.

Guide to Genealogical Research in National Archives

The Guide to Genealogical Research in National Archives by the United States National Archives and Record Service and United States National Archives and Records Administration can be a lot useful when it comes to gaining information about any individual in the past.

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Land & Property Research in the United States

The Land & Property Research in the United States by E. Wade Hone deals more about the early settlers who migrated to the country to start a new life. They were actually under constant monitoring by the government. They tried to escape the eyes in many ways.

 

Reasons to Learn About Your Family History

The predominant population does not have any idea about the history of their family. Generally speaking, the maximum that anyone would know is their grandparents. If you are asking something beyond that most of them would not have any idea.

There are very few people who might know more than that. It is mostly because of the curiosity that they had and nothing more. But there are a lot of reasons why one should know the history of his or her family. In this article, we shall discuss the reasons why one should know the family’s history.

Medical purpose

Undoubtedly the very important reason why one should know the family’s history is for medical purposes. We all know that there are a lot of diseases that can affect anyone because of the hereditary reasons. If you are aware of the health issues that your ancestors went through it will be useful for you to take preventive measures and stay safe. Even if you are affected by some diseases because of untraceable reasons knowing your family history will definitely help you a lot during the treatment.

Personal reasons

This topic has more to do with the emotional part. Just knowing a few things like how your great-grandparents met, how they fell in love, the struggles, and the hardships they went through, how your grandfather or your grandmother behaved during their childhood are a few things that can really teach you a lot of life lessons. More than anything you can pass on these stories to the next generation. Your family might not be popular but, by doing this, their legacy will live on forever.

The involvement in events of historical importance

Before knowing it, just imagine what if your grandfather or your great grandfather was a part of the freedom struggle or any other event that has great historical importance. It kinda gives the chills and goose bumps. So try to get the details of your ancestors, and if at all they have been a part any historical event then it is one the things that you can cherish and celebrate for the rest of your life.

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Life Experiences

By knowing about the family’s history, you can learn a lot of things that can help you shape your life in a better way. Even the simplest things in their lives would have a lot of value. Following their footsteps will definitely have a positive impact on your life.

History of the community

This is one of the important reasons why you should know the history of your family. It is because there are good possibilities that you might get surprised because of this. Many of us know that we belong to this particular community and we belong to this part of the world and so on. But if you dig deep into the history of your family, there are possibilities that you will be astonished to know that your ancestors actually are very different people from who you are right now. Who knows there are possibilities that you might royal blood and a descendant of one of the greatest kings.

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