A Good Summer Read…really?

Friends ask me the question, “What are you reading?”

I hate that question! As someone with an attention deficit disorder, reading is always a challenge. When I was a university student, I read a lot. Now, I read for answers. I read non-fiction, which I have been told is typical for us folk who have a bit of trouble at concentrating.

So, what does a genealogist read…in the summer…for fun?

Brace yourself … I have read the following:


Mastering Genealogical Proof” by Thomas W. Jones … for citing and analyzing resources

Evernote for Family Historians” by Carole Riley … an app to help in the organization of my research (I hope)

A Museum of Early American Tools” by Eric Sloan … learning about carpenters in the 18th and 19th century

Understanding Revolutionary War and Invalid Pension Ledgers 1818-1872 and the Pension Payment Vouchers They Represent” by Craig R. Scott … working with archived 18th century military records

Life on the Farm: Memories of the Abel Family” by Irma Seydel and Wilma Underwood … a very interesting insight in to a part of my ancestry in Ottawa County

A Farm Album From the Michigan Dutch Colony: A Photographic and Oral History” by Tom VanZoeren and Alma Holwerda … and another good insight in to a part of my ancestry in Ottawa County.

Professional Genealogy” edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills … the focus book of an online study group that I am a part of for the next year.


There are a few more summer purchases that I have begun or will soon do so:

  • Jenison Electric Park: Holland, Michigan’s Beloved Resort and Amusement Park” by Lois Jesiek Kayes
  • Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures” by Christine Rose
  • Ellis Island Interviews, In Their Own Words” by Peter Morton Coan
  • “The Scotch-Irish: A Social History” by James G. Leyburn


Are you sorry you asked?