You can download a Kindle app for your iphone or ipad or android, you don’t need to have a Kindle to read the books. Download them to your phone and read them anywhere. Among the “free” books listed are 101 Best Genealogy Websites for Family History Research: Top Online Tools to Find Your Ancestors, by the Editors of Family Tree Magazine. Discover Your Family History Online: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting Your Genealogy Search by Nancy Hendrickson. One of the many positive reviews said ” I must say that this is about the best in my collection thus far. It is truly a step-by-step guide. I have discovered numerous new ways of searching for my ancestors in each chapter of this easy to read and understand book. Chapter Eight on Land Records is worth the price of the book alone. The “Putting It All Together’ chapter includes the use of mindmapping as a tool to help you overcome brick walls in your research. It is kin to the case study boards that law enforcement uses to solve cases.
Hiding the Past (The Forensic Genealogist series Book 1) by Nathan Dylan Goodwin was also listed. This is the first book in the Morton Farrier genealogical crime mystery series. Peter Coldrick had no past; that was the conclusion drawn by years of personal and professional research. Then he employed the services of one Morton Farrier, Forensic Genealogist – a stubborn, determined man who uses whatever means necessary to uncover the past. With the Coldrick Case, Morton faces his toughest and most dangerous assignment yet, where all of his investigative and genealogical skills are put to the test. However, others are also interested in the Coldrick family, people who will stop at nothing, including murder, to hide the past. As Morton begins to unearth his client’s mysterious past, he is forced to confront his own family’s dark history, a history which he knows little about.
Another book listed that you can read free with a subscription is The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy: Trace Your Roots, Share Your History, and Create Your Family Tree (Everything®) by Kimberly Powell. This is more of a beginners guide to genealogy. It has mostly good reviews and looking through the samples it looks like it covers the basics for a beginner.
Another book listed include The Family Tree Problem Solver: Tried and True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors, Inside you’ll find: Ideas on how to find vital records before civil registration, Tips for finding ”missing” ancestors on censuses, Instructions for investigating collateral kin to further your pedigree, A look at advanced court records and how they can help you find answers, Work-arounds for lost or destroyed records, Techniques for correctly identifying and researching ancestors with common names, Methods for finding ancestors who lived before 1850, Case studies that show how to apply the author’s advice to real-life research roadblocks, Strategies for analyzing your problem and creating a successful research plan.
Of course you can always check out all the genealogy books you want from the local library. Some even have digital copies available that you can download. Any library can get any book, so don’t let not having a reference book stop you from getting the information you need. On our Find My Family Magazine Forum, we have a Topic set up for look ups if you need help looking up some information from a source you don’t have a subscription for. If you read any of these books, be sure to visit the forum and let us know what you thought about the books.