By Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Creating a library is part of being a genealogist. Yes, there are many items that you can now get electronically and some items you may use so rarely it isn’t worth buying. However, there are some items that you turn to time and again that you’ll most likely want a copy of it at home. Especially if you’re like me – I tend to want to write in my books and sometimes break the bindings…

These books aren’t just for the professional either, although I include them in my list. These books are for every and any genealogist out there! I hope you find something new and useful here.

Basic Shelf – These are some books that most professionals will own or have access to:

Essential Materials for Me – These are items that I feel are essential to my research:

Maybe One Day…

I’m positive there will be more I’ll add to this list! There are many books on DNA, for example, that I now own, but I haven’t figured out how essential they are as I am still too new into DNA to really say for sure. There are also many great international books out there that aren’t on this list. As most of my research focuses on American genealogy, I haven’t dived into that part of genealogy too much yet.

Are there items I left out that you feel are essential or should be added to the list? Or do you have any DNA, international, ethnic, or other specific books you would recommend? Feel free to comment below!

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