Genealogical Literature and Its Users

Authored by: Mavis B. Molto

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
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Genealogical literature is the body of writings on genealogy, which is the study of ancestry and descent. This entry describes the history of genealogy, the users of genealogical literature, and the procedures and resources used in genealogical research. The steps in genealogical research consist broadly of a preliminary survey to identify what is already known about one’s ancestors, using compiled sources, and then verifying and extending what is known, using original sources. A discussion of both compiled and original sources, along with reference tools and periodical, news, and networking sources, is included. Tables are presented outlining the major resources available in each of these areas, including resources for specific countries. Both print and online resources are identified.

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