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Especially for German and Pomeranian research;  the first two books are helpful for locating places anywhwere in Germany

(Prussia, German Empire, Pomerania, etc.) because they show how boundaries shifted with the years:

  • German Maps and Facts for Genealogy by Wendy Uncapher and Linda Herrick, published by Origins (Janesville, WI) in 2002.

  • Lands of the German Empire and Before, also by Wendy Uncapher, Origins, in 2000.

  • Then the series  Atlantic Bridge to Germany, one for each region of Germany (e.g., Bavaria, Alsace-Lorraine, et al) have some maps but are better for their information on what records are available, and where and how to write for them.  Charles Hall was the original author; now Uncapher and Herrick have updated and reprinted some of them.

                              See the list of bookstores below for a link to the Origins company.

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A few of the best/classic reference books for genealogists

Check your public library and your local  Genealogy Societys library for these and other books.

  • Clegg, Michael B. and Curt B. Witcher.PERiodical Source Index.[PERSI] Fort Wayne,Ind.:  Allen County Public Library Foundation, 1986+. [Indexes most genealogical periodicals in annual  volumes; retrospective series, 1847-1985, in production.]

  • Colletta, John Phillip.  They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors  Arrival Record. Revised ed. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1993.

  • Dollarhide, William.,  Managing a Genealogical Project. Revised Ed. Baltimore, Md.:  Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996.

  • Greenwood, Val D.,  The Researchers Guide to American Genealogy Second Edition, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1990.

  • Hatcher, Patricia Law.  Producing a Quality Family History. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1996

  • Mills, Elizabeth Shown.  Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian. 1997.

  • Szucs, Loretto D., and Sandra H. Luebking, eds.The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, rev. ed. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Publishing, 1997.

  • Thorndale, William, and William Dollarhide. Map Guide to the US Federal Censuses, 1790-1920. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987

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Cyndi’s List  suggests these books  (links to that website and to bookstores are below):

  • The Complete Idiots Guide to Genealogy  by Christine Rose & Kay Ingalls.

  • The Everything Family Tree Book : Finding, Charting, and Preserving Your Family  History by William G. Hartley.

  • Family Chronicles Introduction to Genealogy by Family Chronicle [a magazine publisher].

  • Finding Your Roots : How to Trace Your Ancestors at Home and Abroad  by Jeane Eddy Westin.

  • The Genealogists Companion & Sourcebook  by Emily Anne Croom.

  • The Genealogists Handbook : Modern Methods for Researching Family History   by Raymond S. Wright, III.

  • Genealogists Question and Answer Book: Solutions and Advice for Maximizing Your  Research Results  by Marcia Yannizze Melnyk.

  • Genealogy 101: How to Trace Your Family’s History and Heritage  by Barbara Renick.

  • The Handybook for Genealogists  by Evertons publishers.

  • How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy  by George G. Morgan.

  • How to Trace Your Family Tree : A Complete and Easy to Understand Guide for the Beginner  by the American Genealogical Research Institute.

  • Shaking Your Family Tree: A Basic Guide to Tracing Your Familys Genealogy  (2nd Edition)  by Ralph J. Crandall.

  • The Sleuth Book for Genealogists: Strategies for More Successful Family History Research  by Emily Anne Croom.

  • Unpuzzling Your Past: A Basic Guide to Genealogy  by Emily Anne Croom.

** Cyndis List is on the internet at this link:              http://www.cyndislist.com

or go to the index page about genealogy book categories:http://www.cyndislist.com/books.htm

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  • Origins Book Store,  1521 E. Racine St.,  Janesville, WI 53545.   They have an internet site:  http://www.originsbooks.com/     or email at   Origins@Origins.com

  • Higginson Book Company, 148 Washington Street, Salem,MA. 01970.  Their internet siteis:      http://www.higginsonbooks.com/  It’s good for reprints of old family histories, et al

  • Heritage Books, Inc.  is on the internet at http://www.heritagebooks.com/,  but they havefrequent (free) catalogs too.  Email them at:  orders@HeritageBooks.com.  Give them your name and address and theyll send you the most recent catalog, Heritage Book News

  • Storbecks Virtual Genealogy Bookshop is on the internet at   http://www.storbecks.com/  Good for [old] maps.