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Ethnic Genealogy

Interest in genealogical research once seemed to be relatively confined to the descendants of the first wave of settlers to arrive in this country, i.e., to "Anglo-Saxons"; therefore many genealogical research manuals concentrated on such emigration, to the neglect of other ethnic groups. The popularity of Roots, both as a book and a television miniseries, heightened the genealogical interest not only of African Americans, but of many other Americans of varied ethnic heritages.

Guides to research formulated for particular ethnic or religious groups may be located by consulting the online catalog under the name of the group or nationality (e.g., "African Americans--Genealogy," "German-Americans--Genealogy").

The following are a few such research aids.

Alderman Reference
CS614 .A55 2004
Ancestors in German archives : a guide to family history sources. Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub., c2004.
Alderman Stacks
CS2002 .A97 1988

Australian Archives. Relations in records : a guide to family history sources in the Australian Archives. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service, 1988.

Alderman Reference
CS 414 .B38 1991
Baxter, Angus. In search of your British & Irish roots : a complete guide to tracing your English, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish ancestors. Rev. and updated for the 1990s. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1991.

Alderman Reference
CS 403 .B39 1994

Baxter, Angus. In search of your European roots : a complete guide to tracing your ancestors in every country in Europe. 2nd ed. Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1994, (1995 printing).

Alderman Stacks
CS410.7 .T73 2002
Bevan, Amanda, ed. Tracing your ancestors in the Public Record Office. 6th ed. Richmond, Surrey : Public Record Office, c2002.

Canada GenWeb. Website. http://www.rootsweb.com/~canwgw/html/e-index.html

Canadian section of the World Genealogical Web.

Alderman Reference
E98 .G44 C37 1987

Carpenter, Cecelia Svinth. How to research American Indian blood lines : a manual on Indian genealogical research. [Orting, WA : Heritage Quest, c1987]

Alderman Stacks
CS21 .E53 1991

The Encyclopedia of Jewish genealogy. Ed. by Arthur Kurzweil and Miriam Weiner. Northvale, N.J. : J. Aronson, c1991- Lib. Has v.1

Alderman Stacks & Reference
CS49 .E83 1983

Ethnic genealogy : a research guide. Ed. by Jessie Carney Smith. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1983.

Fianna Study Group. A guide to Irish genealogical research. Website. http://www.rootsweb.com/~fianna/guide/
Alderman Reference
CS6 .F58 1985
FitzHugh, Terrick V. H. Dictionary of genealogy. Totowa, N.J. : Barnes & Noble, c1985.
Genealogy and Poland; a guide. Website. http://www.polishroots.org/genpoland/
Genseek: Genealogy and history Australia. Website. http://www.genseek.net/

GENUKI: UK and Ireland Genealogy. Website. http://www.genuki.org.uk/gs/

Alderman Stacks
CD 1066 .A2 G52 1988

Gibson, Jeremy Sumner Wycherley. Coroners' records in England and Wales. Birmingham : Federation of Family History Societies,1988.

Alderman Stacks
CS 483 .G74 1992

Grenham, John. Tracing your Irish ancestors : the complete guide. Dublin : Gill and Macmillan, c1992.

Alderman Stacks
CS9 .H27 1974

Hamilton-Edwards, Gerald Kenneth Savery. In search of British ancestry. 3d ed. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1974.

Alderman Stacks
CS 496 .C56 I75 1992

Irish church records : their history, availability, and use in family and local history research. Glenageary, Co. Dublin, Ireland : Flyleaf Press, 1992.
Alderman Stacks
CS 415 .I78 1993

Irvine, Sherry. Your English ancestry : a guide for North Americans. Salt Lake City : Ancestry, c1993.

Alderman Stacks
CS21 .K87

Kurzweil, Arthur. From generation to generation : how to trace your Jewish genealogy and personal history. New York : Morrow, 1980.

Alderman Stacks
CS21 .E53 1991
Kurzweil, Arthur & Miriam Weiner. The Encyclopedia of Jewish genealogy. Northvale, N.J. : J. Aronson, c1991- Library has: v.1
Alderman Stacks
CS1593 .L65 1984
Lombard, Roelof Theunis Johannes. Handbook for genealogical research in South Africa. Pretoria : Human Sciences Research Council, Institute for Historical Research, 1984.
Law Library
SSNA .M3223A
Marcus, Clare. Adopted? : a Canadian guide for adopted adults in search of their origins. Clare Marcus. Vancouver ; Seattle : International Self-Counsel Press, 1979.
Alderman Stacks

Miller, Olga K. ed. Genealogical research for Czech and Slovak Americans. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1978.

Covers genealogical research in Czechoslovakia, archives here and abroad, Czech and Slovak names, etc. Slovaks not as comprehensively treated as Czechs.

Alderman Stacks
CS814 .O55 1986
Okkema, J. C. Handleiding voor genealogisch onderzoek in Nederland. Weesp : Fibulä-Van Dishoeck, c1986.
Alderman Stacks
CS95 .D45
Platt, Lyman De. Genealogical historical guide to Latin America. Detroit : Gale Research Co., c1978.
Alderman Stacks
CS415 .P73
Preece, Floren Stocks. Handy guide to English genealogical records. Logan, Utah (P.O. Box 368, Logan 84321) : Everton Publishers, c1978.
Alderman Stacks
CS 2003 R43 1987
Reakes, Janet. How to trace your convict ancestors : their lives, times, and records. Sydney, NSW : Hale & Iremonger, c1987.
Alderman Stacks
CS49 .R45 1996

Reid, Judith P. Genealogical research in England's Public Record Office : a guide for North Americans. Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Pub., c1996.

Alderman Stacks
CS435.D2 R53 1982
Riden, Philip. How to trace your ancestors in Derbyshire. Wingerworth, Chesterfield : Derbyshire Record Society, 1982.
Alderman Stacks
CS414 .R63 1983
Rogers, Colin Darlington. The family tree detective : a manual for analysing and solving genealogical problems in England and Wales, 1538 to the present day. Manchester ; Dover, N.H. : Manchester University Press, 1983.
Alderman Stacks
E 184 .P7 R65 1996
Rollyson, Carl Sokolnicki. A student's guide to Polish-American genealogy. Phoenix, AZ : Oryx Press, 1996
Alderman Stacks
CS21 .R58

Rottenberg, Dan. Finding our fathers : a guidebook to Jewish genealogy. New York: Random House, 1977.

A pioneering work; however, lack of index and heavy reliance on narrative limit its usefulness.

Alderman Stacks
CS 463 .S56 1990
Sinclair, Cecil. Tracing your Scottish ancestors : a guide to ancestry research in the Scottish Record Office. Edinburgh : HMSO, 1990 (1991 printing)
Alderman Stacks
E184.G3 S66

Smith, Clifford Neal, and Anna Piszczan-Czaja Smith. Encyclopedia of German-American genealogical research. New York: R. R. Bowker Company, 1976.

Alderman Stacks
CS 2003 .S65 1990
Smith, Diane (Diane Evelyn). Lookin for your mob : a guide to tracing Aboriginal family trees. Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press, 1990.
Alderman Stacks
CS 435 .S8 R48 no.6

Webb, Cliff. Genealogical research in Victorian London. 5th ed., rev. [Surrey?] : West Surrey Family History Society, 1991.

Alderman Stacks
CS684 .W4413 1984
Wegweiser für Forschungen nach Vorfahren aus den ostdeutschen und sudetendeutschen Gebieten. (English: Genealogical guide to German ancestors from East Germany and eastern Europe.) AGoFF-Wegweiser, English ed. Neustadt/Aisch, Germany (West) : Degener, 1984.

Alderman Stacks
E 184 .G3 W42 1985

Wellauer, Maralyn A. German immigration to America in the nineteenth century : a genealogist's guide. Milwaukee, Wis. : Roots International, c1985.
Alderman Stacks
E 184 .J3 Y335 1996
Yamaguchi, Yoji. A student's guide to Japanese American genealogy. New York : Oryx Press, 1996.

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