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Val Greenwood Researchers Guide To American Genealogy Review

If you still haven’t purchased your desk copy of The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, 4th Edition, the best textbook in the field of American genealogy, consider the comments in the following reviewers.  We ran them before, but the recommendations bear repeating, in our judgment. The reviews appeared in the prestigious Midwest Book Review, a key source for public library collection development, and the online blog “Goodreads.”  



From Midwest Book Review, January 2018

The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy

“ . . . This fourth edition of “The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy” provides a clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date account of American genealogy that incorporates all the newest developments, principles, and resources relevant to family history research. It should be noted that there are now two chapters about technology as it relates to family history research — one dealing with significant concepts and definitions and the other with specific resources and applications, including major family history websites and Internet resources. In addition, virtually every chapter provides information on Internet websites pertinent to the subject discussed in that chapter.

“Critique: Thoroughly ‘family genealogist friendly’ in organization and presentation, “The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy” is unreservedly endorsed as an essential, core addition to personal, professional, genealogical, community, and academic library Genealogy Instructional Reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists. “The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy” is detailed, accessible, and a “must-have” for anyone with a personal or professional interest in American genealogy. Highly recommended.” –Micah Andrew, Reviewer


From the website Goodreads, January 6, 2018

“Even the most experienced genealogists sometimes need help.

“Since 1973, some of the most valuable help available has been found in Val D. Greenwood’s The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy.   And now there’s a fourth edition of the book with even more contemporary assistance. This update is the first since 2000 and much has changed in the world of research since then.

“The price of the paperback edition (no other version currently available) may be off-putting for some.  But, trust me, whether you’re just starting out or are a veteran, this is the best guide available and probably has the answer to any questions you might have about researching family history.  This latest version includes chapters on computer technology and Internet research, including information on the major family history websites and the subject of DNA testing.

“These innovations are, of course, interesting and valuable.  But the best value, particularly to the newcomer, is Greenwood’s splendid advice on how to get started, find resources, organize research and utilize your findings in the most helpful manner.  Aside from a personal mentor at your side on a regular basis, you can’t get much better help.

“As librarian of my county historical society I encounter neophytes on a regular basis who need the type of help Greenwood provides in easy to read chapters on every aspect of research, solid advice enhanced by his years of personal experience.  And there are lots of illustrations and charts to help focus on the information you need to find what you’re looking for.

“This book is a resource the reader will come back to time and time again.”– J.R. Lindermuth


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