Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New on the Shelf : The Family Tree Sourcebook

The Family Tree Sourcebook : your essential directory of American County and Town Records, was released in 2010 by the editors of Family Tree Magazine.  This 746 page paperback book has a section for each state, providing a historical overview, a listing of archives, libraries & societies, and a bibliography of general state resources with some online links.

Following is a brief discussion of the state's major record groups such as:  census records, immigration, land, maps, military, probate and vital records.  County details follow with an alphabetical listing of each county in the state with incorporation date, parent county, and general information about records.  Websites are included for many entries and each state has a map showing county boundaries.

This book is somewhat of a cross between Ancestry's Redbook, The Genealogist's Address Book, and The Handybook For Genealogists, providing similar, more up-to-date content.  This title circulates to any VBDL patron or you may request a copy through your local library.