Reading Genealogy? What Do You Read?

When I tell people I have a genealogy addiction, it’s not far from the truth. For the most part, when I’m awake, I’m doing something that has to do with genealogy, and if I can’t do that, then I’m thinking about genealogy things.

When I first got into genealogy, I read every book that I could get my hands on. I was like a sponge soaking it all up. Keep in mind these are some of my first books.. but they are the books I love. Some of my favorites that still have my bookcase are;

  1. Ancestral Trails (this is probably the first book I bought other than How to Research Your Alberta Ancestors.)
  2. Evidence Explained Elizabeth Shown Mills is a favorite. I especially like her Legacy Family Tree Webinars as well.
  3. Lilacs and Limestone This is a book about Kingston, Ontario, and has a photograph of Willie Beaton.
  4. Forgotten Empress. I have numerous Empress of Ireland books because my great-grandmother and my grandmother came to Canada on the Empress, and they actually knew a family that perished when the Empress sank.
  5. The Golden Bridge – which is about British Home Children. Again, this is just one of the many books I have about British Home Children.
  6. Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases. Written by Paul Holes. This is one of my many DNA books.

These are Amazon links, but these books are available at your local library and at AbeBooks.

When it comes to genealogy fiction.

  1. Just about anything by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, but I do especially like his Forensic Genealogy Series.
  2. DNA Never Lies written by Susan George
  3. Dark is the Grave is one I just picked up in audio format, so hopefully, it’s good. If you’ve read it, let me know what you think? TG Reid is a new to me author.

What genealogy are you reading and what would you recommend? Please tell me in the comments below.


  • Patricia Proskurniak says:

    I read both fiction and reference books. Nathan Dylan Goodwin is a favourite of mine.

    I am sorry to miss you at Grande Prairie later this month. I will be in Edmonton. I was bummed out to realize I wouldn’t be able to attend.