Once upon a time I had a list of published family histories and other books that I wanted to consult. I kept it on my phone. This was three or four phones ago, and when that phone died, the list went with it. I never got around to re-creating the list and I only remember one book and part of one author’s name. So, I’m starting from scratch.
This time, the list will be kept in Evernote (of course). That way I can still access it from my phone, but I can also do data entry from my laptop, and the list is backed up on my computer and in the cloud. I’m not losing it this time.
I started by creating a note with a 5-column table, to track the information I will want to know for each book.
- Is this book at a nearby library?
- If not, which major genealogy libraries have it, and can it be borrowed via inter-library loan?
Next, I started searching through my database notes for references to books. This is when having my records online is really helpful, because I can harness the power of Google site search. I found about eight books to add to my list.
Then, I moved on to the Family History Library catalog. Rather than randomly searching for surnames, I decided to use Place-Search and look for histories, biographies, and genealogies associated with the places where my ancestors tended to congregate. Once I identified a book, I looked in WorldCat and nearby library catalogs to see if the book could be found closer to home.
Here’s the list as it stands right. I still have a lot of work to do in searching the library catalogs, but this is a good start. Now I can add books on the fly as I discover references in other research. I’m also prepared to make a quick library stop if I happen to be in the vicinity and if, and when, I make a trip to Allen County or Salt Lake City, I’ve already started my research plan.
|Title||Author||Surnames||At a nearby library?||Or at a major library?|
|Echoes in the mist : the Burgin family, 1677-1989||Peggy Silvers||Burgin||No, checked WorldCat, PINES, & Chattanooga||ACPL
|Winston of Virginia and Allied Families||Clayton Torrence||Quarles||Chattanooga|
|Frederick County Land Records, Liber F Abstracts 1756-1761||Anderson, Patricia Abelard||Hinton||
|Three Quarles brothers||
No, checked WorldCat, PINES, & Chattanooga
|Whites among the Cherokees : Georgia 1828-1838 (this may not be the correct book – my notes say the book is called Whites among the Indians)||
|The Brookshire family||
|The shoe cobbler’s kin : genealogy of the Peter (Ecker) Eaker, Sr. family, vol. 2||
|Mull||LaFayette (also may be at Chattanooga; they don’t specify which volume)|
|German-speaking people west of the Catawba River in North Carolina, 1750-1800 : and some émigrés’ participation in the early settlement of southeast Missouri||
Lorena Shell Eaker
|Lincoln County, so look for Whitener, Wilfong, Mull, etc.||Chattanooga|
|Murray County, Georgia, history & biographies||George White||FHL|
|Old Burke County relatives : Margaret Erwin McDowell and James Thomas Walton and their Avery, Davidson, Erwin, McDowell, McEntire, Murphy, Patton and Walton families||Margaret Bickel Adams||McEntire, Patton||FHL
|The heritage of Burke County||Burke County Historical Society||Chattanooga|
|The Heritage of Burke County. Volume II, 2001||
Burke County Historical Society
|Burke : the history of a North Carolina county, 1777-1920, with a glimpse beyond||Edward William Phifer||Calhoun
|Gilmer County, Georgia history & biographies||George White||FHL|
|The heritage of Gilmer County, Georgia, 1832-1996||not listed on PINES, but pretty sure Dalton and maybe Chatsworth have it|
|The Heritage of Blount County, Alabama||Blount County Heritage Book Committee||look for Butler, Sullins||Chattanooga|
|The history of Bartow County : formerly Cass||Lucy Josephine Cunyus||look for Butler, Sullins||Dalton|
|Bartow County, Georgia heritage book||Bartow County Genealogical Society||look for Butler, Sullins||Calhoun