And what about their popularity? I mean, we speak often about the growing trend in genealogy research but how is that reflected in Amazon book sales?
Let’s look at Amazon.com first.
The top book in the genealogy research category is ‘The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy’
Surprisingly, that book is also number 7 in the Parenting and Family Reference category and number 6 in the Online Searching Category. That hints that genealogy really is one of the most popular research activities online.
Taking a deeper look though we see that the book is only the 13,784 most popular book on the whole Amazon site at the moment, hardly an impressive statistic despite the millions of books available.
You can click here to see the full list of top-selling genealogy research books on Amazon.com
Now let’s look at Amazon in the UK.
The top genealogy research book at Amazon.co.uk is “Who Do You Think You Are? Encyclopedia of Genealogy: The definitive reference guide to tracing your family history”
That book does much better than its counterpart in the US. For instance it is number 3 in the Sports and Hobbies Reference category and is number 5,856 out of all books available on Amazon.co.uk
That having been said, just when you think that genealogy research may be more mainstream in the UK, the 2nd highest selling book is an ethnographic fieldwork book targeted at the anthropological reader.
You can click here to see the full list of top-selling genealogy research books on Amazon.co.uk
So what does it all mean?
What these statistics tell me is that outside of the effect that the TV Show "Who Do You Think You Are?" has had on the genealogy research market in the UK, there's probably no "Bible" (for want of a better word) of genealogy research.
That probably has a lot to do with the amount of research tools and information that are available for free online.
What do you think?
Do you have a book that you think every genealogist should have on their bookshelf?
If so, we'd love it if you would share the title and author with us.