Family History: The Researcher’s Guide…

researcher_cover I have written another book that may be of interest to many readers. The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy was first published in 1973 by Genealogical Publishing Co. in Baltimore and has been in its third edition since 2000. It was the first general purpose text and reference book on American genealogical research to ever be published. It met with instant success and has since been spoken of by many as a classic. After 40 years and three editions, it is still the textbook of choice for those who teach American genealogical research. Through three editions it has sold well over 100,000 copies.

Here are a few positive comments that have been written about The Researcher’s Guide :

“Definitive textbook; detailed examination of records in specific areas and times. Unlike some other manuals, it is indispensable and should become the most important manual for American researchers.” American & British Genealogy & Heraldry

“There is no other textbook on American records to match this volume. Every genealogist should have a copy. If a beginning genealogist were to ask me to recommend just one book for purchase, this is the book I would recommend.” —Shirley Langdon Wilcox, Certified Genealogist

“There is no question among genealogists that this guide is the standard by which all other genealogical books are judged. It is the text of choice in colleges and universities or wherever courses in American genealogy are taught.” Mississippi Genealogical Connections

“Val Greenwood’s guide is recognized as one of the leading publications on the subject of genealogy. . . This volume has been and continues to be a classic, one of the few that every genealogist should own and read. It is both a reference guide and a textbook.” New England Historical and Genealogical Register

“It is good to have a new edition of this work [speaking of the third edition]. Greenwood manages to make research in American genealogy understandable.” American Reference Books Annual

In a news release entitled “Genealogical Publishing Company Partners with,” which was posted on SbWire on March 3, 2008, it states the following (quoting Barry Chodak, president of GPC): “Our collection of guide books and how to books numbers more than 250, including the most widely used text, Val Greenwood’s Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy.”

Of all of their books that Mr. Chodak could have mentioned, he mentioned this one–the book that built his company.

In a news story by Damon Veach, published August 24, 2008, on <> concerning a newly released book on Scottish research, the following observation was made about The Researcher’s Guide…:

“Under the direction of Barry Chodak, Jules’s son, and managing editor Michael Tepper, GPC emerged as the leading publisher of genealogical reference books and research manuals. The 1973 publication of Val Greenwood’s Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy set the standard for commercial book publishing in genealogy. Revised and updated through three editions, this work continues to be the reference book that U.S. genealogists reach for when they need assistance.”

If you are involved with research for ancestors who lived in the United States, I believe this book will give you some significant help. You can read more about it and buy it from Genealogical Publishing Company –vdg