Monday, 26 September 2011

New genealogy library books

Public libraries buy a lot of books, and invest effort to decide where best to spend a limited budget. Every so often I like to check out what new genealogy/ family history books have been acquired. This post checks out the Ottawa and Toronto Public Libraries.

Not all the new acquisitions are newly published. Presently some of the most recent Ottawa Public Library purchases are cemetery transcriptions from a few years ago. Others are local author publications held as part of a non-circulating collection. Neither type are mentioned here.

On order, but not yet available is The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy by Kimberly Powell. It was published this year. Don't hold your breath that you'll see it soon, there are 19 holds for the one copy on order.


Beyond the Basics: A Guide for Advanced Users of Family Tree Maker 2011, by Tana L. Pedersen published in 2010, has all four copies in use and one hold. Amazon.ca currently sells the book for $20.85. With FTM 2012 now released Pedersen already has a guide for the new version in press.

Local author Althea Douglas' Time Traveller's Handbook: A Guide to the past, was published earlier this year. I reviewed it here. It has 22 holds on the five copies in the system. 

Next up, and also reviewed previously here, is A Call to the Colours: Tracing your Canadian Military Ancestors, by Kenneth G. Cox. Three copies are in the system with two holds active.

Rounding out the top five most recent acquisitions at the OPL is Writing the Family Narrative by Lawrence P. Gouldrup.  Published in 1987 it's obviously a classic of its type. There are two holds on the one copy in the OPL system. It's available from Amazon.ca for $10.12 and there's a look inside preview at http://goo.gl/Ryzxr.

I took a quick look at the Toronto Public Library. You don't seem to be able to search by date of acquisition so here are the first five acquisitions of 2011 genealogy publications:

Genealogy online for dummies, 6th ed. by Matthew Helm. There is one hold on the 12 copies in the system.

Mastering online genealogy by , W. Daniel Quillen has no holds on nine copies.

Genealogy online, 9th ed. by Elizabeth Powell Crowe, has one hold on nine copies.

Writing family history or genealogy for pleasure and profit  by Carrie Ann Cook, is available for reference only in two copies.

The everything guide to online genealogy : use the web to trace your roots, share your history, and create a family tree, 2nd ed. by Kimberly Powell is similarly only available only for reference at two TPL locations.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for informing us of the books now available. Public libraries are a source sometimes forgotten. Anne S.