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From the Green Valley News, Sunday 28 January 2007, page A5

Genealogy Today, by Betty Malesky

You Can Never Have too Many Books

This month weíre going to change course. Rather than focusing on genealogical sources, letís look at sources for genealogical books. A family historian can never have too many books.

One of my favorite aspects of going to a genealogy conference is browsing the book sellersí displays. Sadly, the number of genealogy book vendors has sharply diminished in the past few years, another casualty of the Internet.

In fact, there is no longer a genealogy book store in the entire state of Arizona. The major stores, such as Borders and Barnes and Noble have limited genealogy sections but can special order nearly any book for you within a few days. As millions of people have discovered however, purchasing books on the Internet is quick and easy, with a number of sources available from which to choose. has an extensive collection of books on various genealogically-related topics. Amazon offers several advantages, among them free shipping on most purchases totaling more than $25. A number of used book sellers also buy space on if you want to save a little money.

Ancestry.comís bookstore sells books published by their own publishing house, including genealogical reference books such as The Red Book and The Source. The search engine can try your patience if you are looking for a specific title, as it forces you to view many other offerings before displaying the one you request.

Picton Press is now the source for books published by the New England Historic and Genealogical Society. Picton has been publishing for over forty years and specializes in genealogical and historical research material of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Their website features a search engine or you can browse several topical categories at

Family Tree Magazineís book publishing arm is Betterway Books, a division of F & W Publishing. At click the "bookstore" tab for a search engine and topical browsing options, featuring many popular and useful genealogical titles.

Another excellent source is Maiaís Books. Formerly only available at conferences, her booth has always been a "must" stop for serious researchers. Maia doesnít deal in run of the mill books, but in hard to find short-run titles. Rather than genealogical "how-to" books, her forte is how our ancestors lived, worked, worshipped and played, the type of information that is hard to find but necessary to give life to their stories. Maia is now on the Web at with a great searchable catalog and lots of descriptive information about her extensive inventory.

One of my favorites sources is A search engine shared by thousands of used book sellers all over the U.S., if bookfinder canít find a book it probably isnít available. The used books are rated as to quality, and I find many of the used books Iíve purchased appear to be brand new. Iíve ordered from sellers in New York, California and many points in between, even one who turned out to be in Green Valley. Orders are processed quickly and generally received within two weeks.

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