16 May 2014

I Heart Books-Especially When They Are Free

Newly acquired free books for my library.

Many readers are going electronic with their books, but I am holding out.  I still love the feel and smell of a book.  I like holding it in my hand and perusing the pages.  I like looking at them in my library and at my public library.  I am a book geek you could say.  I collect cookbooks and now I am amassing a nice genealogy library.

I don't buy a book just to have one, whether it is a cookbook or a genealogy one.  I am picky.  Cookbooks have to enhance what I already have, be one from a respected chef, or have a family community connection.

I am selective with my genealogy book purchases, too. The genealogy books I add to my library are ones I would use over and over again.  They have to be directly related to my research or to further my genealogical education.  I have general research help books, specific country guides, genealogical dictionaries, New England resources, and more.  Typically, I don't buy family genealogies.  I have one in my library.  If you want to see the titles I have in my library, check out the My Library tab at the top of this page.

You can imagine my excitement at the last Calhoun County (MI) Genealogical Society when a fellow member brought five boxes of books for members to take if they wanted them.  All Free!!!  As Vice President, I was reluctant to be the first one to take some, but then someone said it was one of the perks of being an officer. (There are other perks?) The donor didn't want to take any home and was worried no one would want them.  I saw seven that I would use, and have used at the library many times.  Someone said, take them.  That was all I needed.  I picked up an empty box and put my seven in it.  Six of the seven are related to New England genealogy and one was a Pennsylvania reference book.  All books I am grateful to have in my library, now.

The books I chose were: 
  • The Genealogical Dictionary of New England (4 Volumes) by James Savage:  I have used this book on ancestry, at the library and have copied many pages from it.  It will be nice to have as I discover new ancestors from New England.
  • Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire by Noyes, Libby, and Davis.  This is another book I have looked at the library for.  So far, I don't have Maine ancestry, but I do have New Hampshire ties.
  • The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire by Charles Henry Pope.  I have the Pioneers of Massachusetts by the same author and use it a lot. I hadn't used this book before, but thought it would be a nice companion piece to the Massachusetts book.
  • Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1790.  My maternal grandmother's side of the family immigrated to Pennsylvania in the early 1700's.  I picked this book up to look for family members.  I found many and will need to take some time to go over it thoroughly.
The donor worried for nothing as members were more than happy to take these books off her hands.  The books were from a friend's father, who had passed.  No one in the family wanted them.  Our members did. Other books she brought were for resources from southern states.  Every book was taken by the end of our meeting.  I guess I am not the only one who likes books.

I know these books are available at libraries, on ancestry.com, and other places online, but as I said I like books and I couldn't beat the price-free.

If you want to read more about my genealogy library I wrote a post "My Genealogy Library and How I Built it Economically."

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