There are thousands of books concerning some aspect of genealogy research available. The obvious places to look are and Do not be afraid to buy used books and save money.

There are also many genealogy publishers and genealogy supply stores online. They have some very special books.

I could fill pages with all the books that I have consulted during my research. Most are available for review at the Newberry Library and the Chicago Public Library. A helpful series are those books on the names of a country i.e. Irish names, German names, etc Names originated in a particular country and more importantly in a particular area. They provide great leads to our ancestors.

A few books that I recommend for purchase are listed below:

Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy edited by Sallyann Amdur Sack and Gary Mokotoff
The definitive guide to Jewish genealogical research. Written by more than 60 authors, each an expert in their own field. Its more than 100 chapters cover all important aspects of the rich body of information available to do Jewish genealogical research

Encyclopedia of Chicago by James Grossman, Ann Durkin Keating and Janice Reiff

The Family Tree Problem Solver: Proven methods for scaling the inevitable brick wall by Marsha Hoffman Rising.
Although Ms Rising uses american records for her examples her concepts are useable worldwide.

Finding Anyone, Anywhere, Anywhen by Noel Montgomery Elliott
“Techniques for using the Internet to locate people who lived in any century in the past, as well as how to find people living today-anywhere in the world”

Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Guide by Jonathan Shea & William Hoffman
Guide to translating genealogy records of 13 European languages

The Genealogist’s Internet by Peter Christian

In Their Words by Jonathan D. Shea & William F. Hoffman
A Series of Genealogist’s Translation Guides to Polish, German, Latin and Russian Documents. Each language is a different book and each book retails for $35.00

The Jews of Chicago - From Shtetl to Suburb by Irving Cutler

Long-Distance Genealogy-Researching your family history from home by Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer
An excellent book for beginner’s and and a great refresher for the more seasoned.

The Official Guide to by George G. Morgan
“Product Description: Whether you are coming to for the first time or have used it for years, you need The Official Guide to Written by noted genealogist and lecturer George G. Morgan, this official guide takes you inside the #1 website for family history research for an unprecedented tour. This second edition includes chapters on the new search at Ancestry, MyCanvas, and Ancestry DNA. In addition, it helps you create and develop your own Family Tree, explore obscure databases you didn't know existed, and more. You've always known was a valuable resource. Now you can learn to use it like never before.”