Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – My Genealogy Bookshelf

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week’s mission was:

1)  Teresa at the Writing My Past blog wrote a post about her genealogy bookshelf, even showing photographs of the books on several of her shelves.  Linda Stufflebean thought this was a good SNGF topic, so here we are!

2)  Tell us what books, or types of books are on your genealogy bookshelf/ves in your home.  Do you have a photo of them?  Are there specific books that you use more than others?

I just have the one shelf in the wardrobe in my bedroom dedicated to genealogy, and most of that is filled with Lever Arch folders with the original documents I have collected over the years.  I have another box with my handwritten (and a few typed) notes, as well as information I downloaded from the internet.  I stopped printing these out in 2010, as I was running out of space for all the folders, and I decided I’d be better off just keeping the digital copies.

My genealogy bookshef
My genealogy bookshelf

The only books I have  on this shelf are:

  • Laity 2002 A Genealogy Adventure
  • RussellChild Their Story
  • John Moule and Katie Scanlan
  • The World Book of Marrs
  • The Whimpey New World Registry

These are all books about different branches of my family.  I was given The Whimpey New World Registry by my dad after I started researching my family history, and The World Book of Marrs by my Aunty Margaret a couple of years before she died (she died in 2009).

I received a copy of RussellChild Their Story in 2001 when I attended the Russell family reunion at the Holy Trinity Church in Buninyong. I was sent Laity 2002 A Genealogy Adventure in 2002 by Russell Laity, when he came across my family tree which included the surname.  The book John Moule and Katie Scanlan was sent to me in 2010 by Jim Moule, with a note that Appendix A had information about the branch that was in my family tree.

I don’t use these books very often, because I prefer to do my own research, and then use other family trees to pick up any information I’ve missed, or haven’t been able to find.

I don’t have any books about how to research genealogy.  I read some how to books when I first started researching, but I haven’t read a book about researching genealogy for years.  I do watch the Legacy Family Tree/My Heritage webinars, and pick up some new tips from these.   I also follow Evidence Explained on Facebook, but I haven’t bought her  book yet.  I also pick up tips by following other blogs.



2 thoughts on “Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – My Genealogy Bookshelf

  1. Although I love to watch webinars, a book on researching specific topics are my favorite. I guess I just love books.


  2. Hi Lois, You do have a small genealogy bookshelf, but those books you do have might given or have given you small clues to propel your research forward.


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