With access to the Internet, you’d think that your need for a home genealogy reference library might be minimized. Yes, there are tens of thousands of Web pages concerning genealogy on the Internet these days, more than on perhaps any other topic. However, while there are many excellent sites, there are some that may contain serious information errors, or they may omit information critical to your research.
I began my own family history research when I was ten years old. I had one reference book at hand, and that was a county history book for Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, that had been published in 1901. I relied on my small public library’s collection and on the guidance of our public librarian, a member of the local DAR chapter. I caught the bug early and craved more and more information. With a small allowance, I couldn’t afford lots of books and magazines, but I soon learned how to build an inexpensive reference library for myself. You can still do it! Let me explain how.
Components of a Reference Library
Your reference library will consist of some books, documents and pamphlets, a library card for your public library, some essential bookmarked Web sites, and maps. Let’s begin with the library card.
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