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Genealogy Bibliography

Many print resources are available to help with your genealogy research.  Special thanks to Susan Arnold, genealogist and Director of the WVU Health Sciences Library, for her help in compiling this list of general and West Virginia specific resources.

General Sources

Val D. Greenwood. The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, 3 rd ed.  (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000.)

The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, 3 rd ed.  Edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking.  (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Publishing Co., 2006).

Raymond S. Wright.  The Genealogist’s Handbook: Modern Methods for Researching Family History. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1995).

Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3 rd ed.  Edited by Alice Eicholz.  (Provo, Utah: Ancestry Publishing Co., 2004).

Milton Rubincam. Pitfalls in Genealogical Research.  (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Publishing, 1987).

George G. Morgan and Drew Smith. Advanced Genealogical Research Techniques. (New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2014.)

Kory Meyerink. Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Research.  (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Publishing Co., 1998.)

Elizabeth Petty Bentley. County Courthouse Book, 3 rd ed. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2009.)

The Handy Book for Genealogists: United States of America, 11 th ed. (Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 2006.)

Barbara Jean Evans. A to Zax: A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists and Historians. (Alexandria, Va.: Hearthside Press, 1995.)

Paul Drake.  More What Did They Mean By That? : A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms: Old and New. (Westminster, Md.: Heritage Books, 2006.)

Emily Anne Croom. Unpuzzling Your Past: The Best-Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy. (Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2001.)

West Virginia Sources

Carol McGinnis.  West Virginia Genealogy: Sources & Resources.  (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988.)

Helen S. Stinson.  A Handbook for Genealogical Research in West Virginia. (initial volume, 1981; three volumes, 1994.)

Barbara Vines Little.  NGS Research in the States Series: West Virginia.  NGS Special Publication No. 82, (Arlington, Va.: National Genealogical Society, 2007.)

Patrick Wardell. Virginians and West Virginians, 1607-1870, 3 vols. (Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1986-1992).

Genealogies of West Virginia Families: From the West Virginia Historical Magazine Quarterly, 1901-1905.  (Clearfield Co., 1992.)

Wesley E. Pippinger.  Index to West Virginia Estates before 1866, 2 vols.  (Richmond, Va.: Virginia Genealogical Society, 2013).