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Library Journal Endorses New Irish and Church Record Books

Genealogy Book Reviews

Library Journal is the most prestigious magazine for the library industry. Collection development (acquisition) librarians are particularly reliant upon it when making decisions about what books to select for their patrons.   Accordingly, we were pleased to learn that the February 2020 issue of Library Journal gave thumbs up reviews to our two most recent how-to books, the 5th edition of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, by John Grenham; and How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records. A Genealogist’s Guide, by Sunny Jane Morton & Harold A. Henderson. Your can read the complete review right here:

“Grenham, John. Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. 5th ed. 652p. ISBN 9780806320977. $38.50
Morton, Sunny Jane & Harold A. Hendrerson. How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records: A Genealogist’s Guide with Specific Resources for Major Christian Denominations Before 1900. 143p. ISBN 9780806320953. Pap. $29.95. ea. Vol.: Genealogical. 2019. Ref

“While the internet has made tracing family trees easier, advanced research requires more sophisticated references. Accordingly, Grenham (fellow, Irish Genealogical Research Soc.; Genealogical Society of Ireland) fills Tracing Your Irish Ancestors with research notes and access points, updated to include online sources. The introduction and early chapters aid beginning researchers, with more detailed material for experienced users in the later sections. With How to Find Your Family in U.S. Church Records, Morton (editor, Family Tree Magazine) and board-certified genealogist Henderson compile links and addresses for “surprisingly neglected” Christian resources. Novice genealogists will especially benefit from tips about querying living relatives, reading handwriting, and teasing complex explorations from surface information. VERDICT Consider for libraries with significant patron interest in Irish and Christian genealogy sources.”