Fall is quickly approaching, along with a new season of library programs including some on genealogical topics. This is a good time to mention a few recently-arrived library titles for genealogists — whether experienced researchers or those just beginning their family tree.
The Winnipeg Public Library offers popular online resources for genealogists, like the Ancestry Plus database (available at the Henderson, St Boniface, and Millennium Libraries) as well as the Winnipeg Free Press online archives (available only at the Millennium Library). The Internet and digitization technology have been a great help for genealogists, making an ever increasing amount of genealogical information accessible to researchers all around the world. Social networking also allows the work of genealogists to be more accessible than ever to help others in their research.
But we are still far from the day (if ever) when we’ll be able to rely solely on the digital world for genealogical research, and genealogists still need to navigate through archives of printed material. Given that the number of resources available on the Web keeps expanding and changing, a book is still a useful tool to help someone find what is out there and how best to use it.
For those just starting out who need books covering the basics, here are a couple of suggestions:
There is (of course) the 2011 edition of Genealogy online for dummies, with information on how to plan your research and how to use online and printed resources.
Another great title is George Morgan’s How to do everything genealogy which covers how to find pertinent information in online and printed records like census, immigration, military and vital statistics records for Canada, Britain, United States, and European countries. It outlines how to evaluate and organize your findings and create your family tree and provides instructions for people new to using the Internet for genealogical research as well as how to order government documents like birth, death and marriage certificates.
For people interested in more Canadian-centric genealogy books, A Call to the Colours: tracing your Canadian military ancestors by Kenneth G. Cox and Destination Canada: a genealogical guide to immigration records by Dave Obee are two new great additions to the library collections.
The genealogist’s Google Toolbox: a genealogist’s guide to the most powerful free online research tools available! by Lisa Louise Cooke is, as indicated, about teaching genealogists how to get the most out of all of the popular search engine’s features (like Google Image and Google Earth for example).
Genealogy online by Elizabeth Crowe covers and explain how to use ancestry-related networks, websites and online services available on the Web. It also suggests online software that can be used for genealogical projects.
If anyone has other suggestions for genealogists, available at the library or not, please share them!