There are many good genealogy books. Some are basic beginner guides, while others are specific to a certain ethnicity or geographic location. Some authors detail an exciting and emotional personal journey.
Determining the usefulness of each resource is personal for each researcher and depends on each unique research project.
Note that some books are classics and - although published a decade or more ago – are still relevant. To find the books suggested below, do an Internet search for the title. New books are published frequently, so keep searching! This suggestion list contains is far from complete. Many genealogy sites offer lists of good books as well.
Some basic books for beginners: How to Do Everything With Your Genealogy, Unpuzzling Your Past - The Best-Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy, The Genealogy Sourcebook, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy and The Everything Online Genealogy Book.
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.