Genealogy and the Librarian

Perspectives on Research, Instruction, Outreach and Management


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About the Book

D. Joshua Taylor, host of Genealogy Roadshow and president of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, notes: “The increasing popularity of the topic requires that any librarian who encounters genealogical customers remain on the forefront of new developments in the field.” Covering trends, issues and case studies, this collection presents 34 new essays by library professionals actively engaged in helping patrons with genealogy research across the United States. Topics include strategies for finding military and court records, mapping family migration and settlement, creating and accessing local digital services, and developing materials and instruction for patrons.

About the Author(s)

Carol Smallwood, a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and multiple Pushcart nominations, is the author of journal articles as well as editor of numerous books including one in Poets & Writers Magazine List of Best Books for Writers. A Michigan resident, her experience includes school, public and special libraries.
Vera Gubnitskaia has worked as a library manager, consultant, and reference librarian in public and academic libraries in Russia and the United States. During her career as a writer and editor, she contributed chapters to several professional publications, edited multiple anthologies, and published book reviews. She is currently an art fellow at Crealde School in Winter Park, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Carol Smallwood and Vera Gubnitskaia
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 301
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7087-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3322-0
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“Explores ways that librarians can take advantage of the popularity of genealogy and family history research to create new services and connect with new user populations”—Library Journal

“The product of professional experience and a comprehensive survey of the field, this collection of 34 essays introduces aspects of family trees and proposes means of teaching clients how to locate and coordinate data on ancestry. A straightforward tone delivers perspectives on research and application…. valuable…this compendium covers a full range of both pragmatic and open-ended instruction and outreach”—Booklist

“Knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited…remarkably informative, exceptionally well organized, thoroughly ‘user friendly’ in tone and commentary…recommended”—Midwest Book Review

“Provides rich examples of librarians serving the local history community and genealogists while building unique collections for future generations of users.”—Corey Seeman, Director, Kresge Library Services, University of Michigan

“This eclectic collection is a handy resource useful for all American genealogy librarians. Experienced editors Smallwood and Gubnitskaia gather professional essays on digitization and databases, literacy and instruction, preservation, community use, and budgeting for various populations and end-users.”—Patricia Brown, Director, Library Instruction and Information Literacy, Northwestern State University of Louisiana

“Applying modernization and library best practices to digging through family histories, this collection provides fantastic ideas for the teaching and practice of genealogy research.”—Jennifer Wright Joe, Owensboro Campus Librarian, Owensboro Regional Campus Librarian, Western Kentucky University

“A valuable resource for librarians and others interested in the current state of genealogical research, services, and sources.”—Erin Fennell, Reference Librarian/Associate Professor at Miami Dade College

“An outstanding collection of library services available to support patrons for genealogical research”—Stanley L. Klemetson, Ph.D., Associate Dean (Retired) of the College of Technology and Computing, Utah Valley University

“This book helps librarians navigate genealogy research using a variety of tools and techniques accommodating the needs of vastly different types of genealogists.”—Dr. Jeanine Huss, Associate Professor of Science Education, Western Kentucky University.