YOUR GUIDE TO CEMETERY RESEARCH by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Cincinnati: Better Way Books, 2002, (an F&W Publications imprint).
Anytime you find something written by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack you know you have a good book. She has written several genealogy research books, is nationally known and speaks often at national genealogical conferences. She is a reputable professional genealogist.
This book on cemeteries is timeless. It is an excellent resource for researching cemeteries and tombstones and what they can tell the researcher. There are several helpful appendices in the back that every researcher needs when researching graves, headstones, cemeteries, causes of death, etc.
She covers death records, how-to’s, locating and searching cemeteries, interpreting what is on the markers, funeral and burial customs, and more.
This should be on the shelf of every serious researcher. I highly recommend this for your research.
THE FAMILY TREE PROBLEM SOLVER, by Marsha Hoffman Rising, Cincinnati: Family Tree Books, 2005 (edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack), (an F&W Publications imprint).
When doing genealogy you inevitably will run into roadblocks. This book addresses some of the major roadblocks genealogists encounter. The book is a good step by step book that helps you from beginning to end – from analyzing your situation and finding solutions to overcome your roadblocks.
Subjects this book covers are: burned out courthouses, finding vital record documentation before vital records of today began, trying to separate two people of the same name and how to determine which one is yours, what to do when your family doesn’t appear to be on the census, tracing collateral kin (cluster theory) when you can’t trace your own. Also included is a chapter on avoiding the ten most common mistakes researchers make. It concludes with showing you how to analyze the evidence you have found and what it tells you.
This book is one that basically will not go out of date. It would be helpful for anyone at any stage of research and would do well on your shelf.
THE GENEALOGIST’S COMPANION AND SOURCEBOOK, by Emily Anne Croom. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, (an F&W Publications imprint), 2003.
Emily Croom is a published genealogical author as well as a professional researcher, speaker and teacher. She has published previously, including the well known, Unpuzzling Your Past.
The Companion and Sourcebook is a must-have book for any researcher. Aptly named it makes for a handy reference to have beside you as you research your family. It is something that basically will not go out of date, except for newly discovered information that needs to be added and the like.
It covers a variety of topics that are basic to any researcher, but give you beyond the basic guidance into research. Some of these topics are on understanding censuses, what they contain and how they vary; Sources and Records ranging from local all the way to federal levels, how to find them, and why they are helpful. She has two chapters that concentrate on two ethnic groups in our nation: the African-American and the American Indian, both of which can be difficult to trace.
She ends with two appendices, endnotes and an index, all very helpful.
This book would be well worth having in any library collection, public or private.
I hope you "check these out" soon as you will see how valuable they are.
Happy Ghost Busting!