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Genealogy Book Reviews

Here’s what they’re saying about a few of our popular titles.

Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina from the Colonial Period to About 1820, Paul Heinegg

Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina, From the Colonial Period to About 1820. Sixth Edition, Three-Volume Set

“Heinegg’s pioneering publication has only grown with each edition . . . While these brief biographies are of great value, researchers should also pay attention to the many resources listed by Heinegg since he draws from both original sources such as court order books, tax lists and court case files as well as published works.”—Barbara Vines Little, The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter. Vol. XLVIII, No. 2 View Set Details

Scottish Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond, by David Dobson

In Scottish Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond, Dr. Dobson lists hundred of publications and websites that serve as the ultimate guide in understanding and tracing Scottish ancestors. In Chapter 4, he offers a compact explanation and listing of secondary sources . . . Chapter 5 is a succinct look at Scottish emigration around the globe. In Scottish Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond, the reader seems to have access to Dr. Dobson’s personal source book compiled during thirty-five years of research, and this reviewer considers it a must-have guide for serious Scottish research.”—Judy Belford, St. Louis Genealogical Society Quarterly, Spring 2022. View Book Details

Our Quaker Ancestors. Second Edition, by Ellen and David Berry

The second updated edition of Our Quaker Ancestors: Finding Them in Quaker Records offers many keys to researching the extensive archives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and will prove an essential edition to any collection strong in genealogical research and family roots. From working with Friends meeting records to possible problems in using and accessing them, Ellen Thomas Berry & David Allen Berry cover many obstacles, potential pitfalls, and avenues to success which will prove essential reading for anyone accessing Quaker archives to add to their family tree. The result is a unique, highly recommended acquisition no authoritative genealogical reference collection should be without.—Midwest Book Review, The Genealogy Shelf, August 2022. View Book Details