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?