Genealogy Books

Dig into your family history with these books on genealogy!

March 16, 2021

If you’re interested in family history, don’t miss our genealogy series! These four programs are sponsored by a partnership between Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, Wethersfield Library, Lucy Robbins Welles Library and Cora Belden Library.

Genealogy Basics: FamilySearch
Monday, March 15, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Want to dive into genealogy research but on a limited budget? Get started with FamilySearch, a free site that includes access to records, how-to guides, classes, and more.

Trace Your Connecticut Revolutionary Roots
Monday, March 29, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Did your Connecticut ancestor support the American cause during the Revolution? Learn how to trace their service during the war, from pension files to town meeting records.

House History Part 1: Accessing Land Records
Monday, April 12, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Learn how to navigate Connecticut’s land records so that you can determine who once owned your property.

House History Part 2: Who’s Lived in Your House
Monday, April 26, 2021 at 6:30 pm
From maps to the census to local photo collections, you’ll be able to put together the stories of your home’s “past lives.”


Family Tree Factbook

Family Tree Factbook
Key Genealogy Tips and Stats for the Busy Researcher

Diane Haddad

The answers to all your genealogy questions in one place! This convenient, timesaving collection of genealogy hacks gathers the best resources, tips, lists, and need-to-know facts from the experts at Family Tree Magazine. Inside, you’ll find fast facts about a variety of family history topics, such as important dates in US history, the different kinds of DNA tests, and how to use the best genealogy websites.

The Family Tree Guide to Dna Testing and Genetic Genealogy

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

Blaine T. Bettinger

Newly revised and updated, this easy-to-understand one-stop resource on genetic genealogy for family histories walks you through the benefits of DNA testing, which is the most cutting-edge tool available to discover the answers to your family history mysteries.

The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide

The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide
How to Trace Your Ancestors in Ireland

Claire Santry

Follow your family tree back to its roots on the Emerald Isle! Santry walks you through the exciting journey of researching your Irish heritage. You’ll learn how to identify your immigrant ancestor, and locate key genealogical resources that will breathelife into your family tree.

The Family Tree Polish, Czech & Slovak Genealogy Guide

The Family Tree Polish, Czech & Slovak Genealogy Guide
How to Trace Your Family Tree in Eastern Europe

Lisa A. Alzo

Offers guidance on researching one’s Polish, Czech, or Slovak roots, explaining how to link a family tree to one of these localities; trace ancestors’ lives through vital, census, and military records; and overcome common roadblocks.

The Family Tree Toolkit

The Family Tree Toolkit
A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy

Kenyatta D. Berry

The host of Genealogy Roadshow guides you on how and where to start researching your family history, what records are available online and in repositories, what do once the information is found, how to share your story and DNA discoveries.



Matthew L. Helm, April Leigh Helm

Genealogy For Dummies, 8th Edition covers everything you need to know about starting a genealogical research project—including where and how to find information, how to communicate with other online genealogists, how to leverage social networking sites and apps, how to add digital images to your family tree, and how to build your own site for sharing information. It also explains the use of compiled genealogies, U.S. Census information, and public access catalogs.


A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Dani Shapiro

The author describes her staggering discovery that her father was not her biological father, tracing her efforts to uncover the truth from a half-century of family secrets to reestablish her sense of identity.

Journeys Home

Journeys Home
Inspiring Stories, Plus Tips and Strategies to Find Your Family History

Andrew McCarthy, Joyce Maynard, Pico Iyer, Diane Johnson & the National Geographic travel team

An actor and award-winning travel writer describes his quest to uncover his family’s history in Ireland and is joined by other writers who tell the stories of their trips to various locales around the globe in search of their roots.

The Lost Family

The Lost Family
How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are

Libby Copeland

A journalist investigates the business practices of companies like Ancestry and 23andMe and explores the stories of individuals who participated in home genetic testing and had their lives turned upside down by the results.

Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.Com

Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.Com
How to Find Your Family History on the #1 Genealogy Website

Nancy Hendrickson

A guide to the genealogy website provides strategies for structuring a genealogy search, details on the website’s historical record collections, and tips for creating and managing a family tree.

Unofficial Guide to Familysearch.Org

Unofficial Guide to Familysearch.Org
How to Find Your Family History on the World’s Largest Free Genealogy Website

Dana McCullough

A user guide to the genealogy website is updated to reflect the latest developments and includes strategic tips for crafting effective search queries, locating records without keywords and creating a family tree.