Top 10 Best Books to Read in Genealogy - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Genealogy. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Scotland: A History from Earliest Times

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Genealogy - August 2021

Five hundred million years of Scottish history from the author of Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms : “Deserves a prominent place in the history canon” ( Scots Magazine).   Covering the Ice Age to the recent Scottish Referendum, the acclaimed historian and author explores the history of the Scottish nation. Focusing on key moments such as the Battle of Bannockburn and the Jacobite risings, Moffat also features other episodes in history that are perhaps less well documented.   From prehistoric timber halls to inventions and literature, Moffat’s epic explores the drama of battle, change, loss, and innovation interspersed with the lives of ordinary Scottish folk, the men and women who defined a nation.   “Moffat plunders the facts and fables to create a richly-detailed and comprehensive analysis of a nation’s past and references a huge number of sources.” — Scotland Magazine   “The great thing about Moffat’s account is that, for all its emphasis on uncertainty, it rattles along with complete narrative certainty, to the extent that great events consistently take even a historically literate reader unawares.” — Scottish Review of Books   “A very readable, well-researched and fluent account.” — Scotland on Sunday

  • Author: Alistair Moffat
  • Publisher: Birlinn; Second Edition, Second edition (September 22, 2015)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, History


2. Mom, I Want to Hear Your Story: A Mother’s Guided Journal To Share Her Life & Her Love (Hear Your Story Books)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Genealogy - August 2021

Show Mom Your Love and Appreciation by Giving Her the Gift That Tells Her Life Story. Mom I Want to Hear Your Story is the perfect way for your Mother to share the joys and triumphs of her life while also creating a cherished legacy. Imagine reading about the details of her life and journey. Think of all you will learn about your Mom when you read the stories of her and her experiences. This the Original and Best-Selling Way for Your Mom to Share Her Story Mom, I Want to Hear Your Story will guide your Mother with prompts and questions, making it easy for her to share the stories of her childhood, teens, and adult years. This will be her life, her victories, her challenges, and her lessons. You will give her the gift of legacy and you the gift of knowing her a little bit better. Newly Expanded and Upgraded. More Prompts, Pages, and Space for your Mom to Share Her Life and Story with You! Bestselling author Jeffrey Mason has created this popular series of guided journals that have helped thousands create a legacy for their families by sharing their life stories, who they are, and what they have experienced. Buy Mom, I Want to Hear Your Story and give your Mother the gift that will continue to give as the years go by. Available in Softback and Hardback Versions . "My Mom isn't one to talk about herself, but this wonderful journal had her sharing so many great stories about her life." -Christy Sanders "This little book created such big memories." -Rhonda Andrews "I got this one for my Mom and the Dad version for my Father." -Joe Houser Buy Mom, I Want to Hear Your Story and give your Mother a forever gift.

  • Author: Jeffrey Mason
  • Publisher: Independently published (July 19, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture
  • ISBN: 978-1081439798
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.27 x 9 inches


3. Anne of Green Gables

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Genealogy - August 2021

Read the timeless classic about the beloved Anne Shirley, a red-haired orphan with a fiery spirit, before the new NETFLIX series premieres and don’t miss the forward by Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale , celebrating the 100th anniversary of this children’s favorite!   Eleven-year-old Anne Shirley has never known a real home. Since her parents' deaths, she's bounced around to foster homes and orphanages. When she is sent by mistake to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she wants to stay forever. But Anne is not the sturdy boy Matthew and Marilla were expecting.   She's a mischievous, talkative redheaded girl with a fierce temper, who tumbles into one scrape after another. Anne is not like anybody else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special, a girl with an enormous imagination. All she's ever wanted is to belong somewhere. And the longer she stays at Green Gables, the harder it is for anyone to imagine life without her. " Anne is the dearest and most lovable child in fiction since the immortal Alice. "-Mark Twain

  • Author: L. M. Montgomery
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Classics); Reissue, Anniversary edition (May 1, 1982)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Classics
  • ISBN: 978-0553213133
  • Dimensions: 4.13 x 0.87 x 6.88 inches


4. The Book of Myself: A Do-It-Yourself Autobiography in 201 Questions

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Genealogy - August 2021

Have you ever wanted to create your own autobiography or wished you could read about the life of a relative or friend? The Book of Myself is a do-it-yourself memoir that helps you record and preserve the experiences, relationships, and lessons that define you. Created by a grandson who wanted to capture his grandfather's life story for future generations, The Book of Myself offers 201 memory-evoking prompts on family, friends, and the journey you take through all of life's stages. It is the perfect way for you -- or someone close to you -- to record life's highlights and everyday moments that can slip through your fingers if not written down.

  • Author: David Marshall
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; New edition (September 10, 2019)
  • Genre: Parenting & Relationships, Family Relationships
  • ISBN: 978-0316534499
  • Dimensions: 5.75 x 0.85 x 9.3 inches


5. Mom's Journal: What I Want You to Know About Me and My Life

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Genealogy - August 2021

A perfect gift for any mom. Even if she has to buy it herself, this beautifully designed, keepsake is a special place for moms to record the most significant remembrances of their lives. It is sure to be a treasured keepsake for children and grandchildren. It’s time to truly hear your mother’s whole story—here, following carefully curated questions to delve into vivid details, mothers everywhere are invited to recount the beliefs, traditions, and treasured moments that have made them who they are today. Beginning with Mom’s childhood and teenage years, to her life before children, and of course her journey through motherhood, writing coach Jennifer Basye Sander has developed this guided journal with great attention to detail so no memory is forgotten. From simple questions such as “What was your favorite family vacation as a child?” to more thought-provoking ones such as “What do you think happens to us after we die?” this journal will encourage Mom to roam far and wide inside her own memories for stories to share, life lessons that were learned, and beliefs that grew over time. Sander’s questions and prompts invite moms to tell their children, and generations to come, all about their childhood and teenage years; their educations, relationships, and marriages; their careers, religious experiences, and involvement in their communities; their beliefs, values, and opinions; and much more.

  • Author: Jennifer Basye Sander
  • Publisher: Skyhorse; Skyhorse Stationary edition (April 16, 2019)
  • Genre: Parenting & Relationships, Family Relationships
  • ISBN: 978-1510742505
  • Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches


6. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Genealogy - August 2021

A National Geographic Best Book of the Year   In our unique genomes, every one of us carries the story of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration, and a lot of sex.  But those stories have always been locked away - until now.  Who are our ancestors? Where did they come from? Geneticists have suddenly become historians, and the hard evidence in our DNA has completely upended what we thought we knew about ourselves. Acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford explains exactly how genomics is completely rewriting the human story - from 100,000 years ago to the present. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

  • Author: Adam Rutherford
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Biological Sciences, Evolution & Genetics, Genetics


7. Genealogy Organizer - A Genealogy Notebook With Genealogy Charts And Forms, Family Tree Chart Book: Genealogy Gift For Family History Buff & ... (Genealogy Organizer Charts and Forms)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Genealogy - August 2021

Genealogy Organizer - A Genealogy Notebook With Genealogy Charts And Forms, Family Tree Chart Book (Genealogy Gift For Family History Buff & Genealogists; Family Tree Book You Fill In; 5 Generation Genealogy Pedigree Charts; Ancestry Workbook Journal) 🔖 GENEALOGY ORGANIZER: This genealogy notebook makes it easy to record and organize your family history. It has family tree charts to fill in, 5 generation genealogy pedigree charts, family group sheets. 🔖 KEEP TRACK OF PRECIOUS FAMILY HISTORY MEMORIES: It can keep track of basic genealogy information and special family memories, including a 5 generation pedigree chart, family tree chart, correspondence logs, traditions, heirloom histories, family records, family old recipes and all the research that you have done. 🔖 5 GENERATION PEDIGREE CHARTS: An innovative 2 page family tree presented in left and right page of the book, giving you a one glance view of the family ancestors and descendants. 🔖 FAMILY GROUP SHEETS: Begin recording information and stories about your ancestors and your parents, brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 🎁 BEST GIFT FOR FAMILY HISTORY BUFFS AND PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGISTS: There are many important genealogy research logs and notes, making it easy for family history enthusiasts and professional genealogists to research and jot down notes. Use this genealogy organizer to jot down and log your genealogy research. Bring it to family re-unions to share and exchange information. This can create an invaluable record of your ancestry for future generations. Product Details: Premium Matte-Finish cover design Printed on High Quality, Bright White paper stock Large Sized Genealogy Notebook Journal Pages - 8.5” x 11” GET your Genealogy Organizer - A Genealogy Notebook With Genealogy Charts And Forms, Family Tree Chart Book now!

  • Author: Genealogy FP
  • Publisher: Independently published (October 25, 2020)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • ISBN: 979-8553194857
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.25 x 11 inches


8. Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Genealogy - August 2021

Capture the stories of a lifetime Record the stories of your life--or a loved one's--for posterity!  The Story of My Life  workbook makes it easy: Simply follow the prompts to preserve memories from your entire life. The book includes sections on parents, siblings, childhood, high school, career, and adulthood. There’s also space to note vital statistics about yourself and immediate family members as a genealogical record. The workbook features:    • Fill-in pages with thought-provoking prompts to capture key moments that define your life    • Advice and exercises to reconstruct memories from long ago    • Interactive pages for family and friends to share their own stories    • Special forms for spotlighting important people, places and times A great gift for your children to learn about their parents' lives or the jumping-off point for writing a memoir, the  Story of My Life  workbook will help you preserve your memories for generations to come.-

  • Author: Sunny Morton
  • Publisher: Family Tree Books; Workbook edition (August 12, 2016)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crafts & Hobbies
  • ISBN: 978-1440347146
  • Dimensions: 7.95 x 0.52 x 9.91 inches


9. Unofficial Guide to How to Find Your Family History on the #1 Genealogy Website

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Genealogy - August 2021

Master the world’s #1 Genealogy Website Discover the secrets to success! This book, newly revised and expanded, will help you get the most out of your subscription.  Inside, you’ll discover how to take advantage of what the world’s biggest genealogy website has to offer—and how to find answers to your genealogy questions within its billions of records and millions of AncestryDNA profiles.  Each chapter includes step-by-step examples with illustrations to show you exactly how to apply search techniques to your genealogy. A new section on AncestryDNA will also help you understand and analyze your DNA test results. What you'll learn: * Timesaving tips for uncovering specific records, time periods and topics using’s search forms and Card Catalog * Details on's historical record collections, including what you can expect to find in them * Step-by-step guides for creating and managing your family tree on, plus how to connect with other users and utilize the site’s powerful Hint system * Plain-language strategies for using your AncestryDNA results, including guides to your ethnicity report and DNA matches Whether you've just begun dabbling in family history or you're a longtime subscriber, this book will turn you into an power user!

  • Author: Nancy Hendrickson
  • Publisher: Family Tree Books; Second edition (May 29, 2018)
  • Genre: Reference, Encyclopedias & Subject Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1440353260
  • Dimensions: 7 x 0.64 x 9.1 inches


10. The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Genealogy - August 2021

Unlock the family secrets in your DNA! Discover the answers to your family history mysteries using the most cutting edge tool available. This plain-English guide (newly updated and expanded to include th latest DNA developments) will teach you what DNA tests are available; the pros and cons of the major testing companies; and how to choose the right test to answer your specific genealogy questions.  And once you've taken a DNA test, this guide will help you use your often-overwhelming results, with tips for understanding ethnicity estimates, navigating suggested cousin matches, and using third-party tools like GEDmatch to further analyze your data. The book features: ·         Colorful diagrams and expert definitions that explain key DNA terms and concepts such as haplogroups and DNA inheritance patterns ·         Detailed guides to each of the major kinds of DNA tests and tips for selecting the DNA test that can best help you solve your family mysteries, with case studies showing how each can be useful ·         Information about third-party tools you can use to more thoroughly analyze your test results once you've received them ·         Test comparison guides and research forms to help you select the most appropriate DNA test and organize your results ·         Insights into how adoptees and others who know little about their ancestry can benefit from DNA testing Whether you've just heard of DNA testing or you've tested at all three major companies, this guide will give you the tools you need to unpuzzle your DNA and discover what it can tell you about your family tree.

  • Author: Blaine T. Bettinger
  • Publisher: Family Tree Books; Second edition (August 13, 2019)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Evolution
  • ISBN: 978-1440300578
  • Dimensions: 7.01 x 0.67 x 9.1 inches