Thursday, November 29, 2012


There really ought to be a support group for genealogy nuts.  My doorbell just rang and it was the delivery man dropping off one of my new acquisitions: The Genealogist’s Guide to Researching Tax Records by Carol Cooke Darrow and Susan Winchester. I will add that to my numerous other genealogy books. And yesterday I signed up for a subscription to Worldvitalrecords ( even though I have Ancestry ( and FindmyPast ( and Fold3 ( accounts.

What’s a person to do? Research is entertaining. I get high on the thrill of the hunt, the awe of the discovery. I can’t help myself.

And then there are the conferences. I read the brochures as if I were salivating in a fine restaurant. Shall I go to Vegas and attend the NGS conference (, or should I go to Salt Lake City and attend RootsTech ( Or should I drive to Ft. Wayne’s Allen County Library ( Or fly back to Boston to visit the New England Historic Genealogical Society ( The choices are many.

I check my local Barnes & Noble regularly so I don’t miss any new editions of my favorite genealogy magazines:

I have subscriptions to:

And then there are the historical society memberships:

Plus many more smaller societies.

Let’s not forget the numerous family surname books:
  • A Cutler Memorial and Genealogical History: Containing the Names of a Large Proportion of the Cutlers in the United States and Canada, and a Record of Other Families Allied to the Cutlers by Anonymous
  • Royal Families: Americans of Royal and Noble Ancestry,Volume Two, Reverend Francis Marbury and Five Generations of the Descendants Through Anne (Marbury) Hutchinson and Katherine (Marbury) Scott by Marston Watson
  • Thomas Boyden and His Descendants by Wallace Clarke Boyden
  • Yearbook of the American Clan Gregor Society by Caleb Clarke Magruder, Jr.

Oh! There are also the wonderful Images of America books by Arcadia Publishing (
  • Canastota and Chittenango: Two Historic Canal Towns
  • Chelmsford, Massachusetts
  • Clinton and the Town of Kirkland
  • Coventry, Connecticut
  • Erie Canal
  • Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Henrico County, Virginia
  • Niagara Falls, New York
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland
  • Westerly, Rhode Island

And then there are Lisa Louise Cooke’s many excellent publications: (
  • Google Earth For Genealogy
  • How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers
  • Turn Your iPad Into a Genealogy Powerhouse

I’m an eBay regular—ordering items such as old yearbooks, postcards, town histories and vintage maps

See what I mean?  I will be working forever just to pay for this habit.  Nonetheless, if you have been bitten by this bug, you will agree it is worth every penny!


Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, 1100 Pictorial Symbols, 2007.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Full-Color Old-Time Vignettes, 2002.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Advertising Cuts of the 20s and 30s, 2003.

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