|The Weekly Genealogist Survey|
Last week's survey asked the approximate number of books in your personal genealogical library. 4,131 people answered the survey. The results are:
Source: The Weekly Genealogist, Vol. 17, No. 47, Whole #714, November 19, 2014
Each week, New England Historic Genealogical Society, NEHGS, has a survey in their The Weekly Genealogist newsletter. The results above were published on November 19, 2014. I am in the 51-75 category or 6% of the 4131 respondents. I love books and keep a wish list of books I would like to get as gifts.
I wrote about my genealogy library and how I keep my costs under control in February. I am still practicing those cost savings today. It has been harder as I have noticed over the last couple of weeks that many genealogy companies have been having sales on books. I have had a hard time controlling myself. I have been adding to my wish list instead of buying them for myself.
The companies that I received email notices about sales are:
Part of my genealogy library
I have been asked if I read all of the books I have. Yes, I do! I keep the ones I haven't read on a separate bookshelf and after I read it I put it on my genealogy bookshelf. Currently, I have two books to read and one book to finish. When it comes time to conduct research, I will pick a book to use depending on my area of research. For example, when I am doing German research I will have four or five books on my desk. One might be a general research help book, one a map book, another has a list of online resources, a German dictionary and so on.
This year's wish list includes the following:
- History and Antiquities of Every Town in Massachusetts by John Warner Barber
- Genealogy Toolkit: Getting Started on Your Family History at the National Archives
- Our Daily Bread: German Village Life, 1500-1850 by Teva J. Scheer
- Elements of Genealogical Analysis by Robert Charles Anderson
- Amish and Amish Mennonite Genealogies by Hugh F. Gingerich and Rachel W. Kreider
- The Planters of the Commonwealth by Charles Edward Banks (on order a gift from my parents)
I don't know if Santa will bring me any of my wish list or not. Santa may think it isn't a very good gift, but it is. I pour over the NEHGS gift catalog like I use to poor over the Sears Christmas catalog! I read every entry and circle ones I would like to have.
If you are curious about what books I have in My Library check the pages at the top of the blog. I have recently updated it.