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|This article originally appeared in Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records, edited by Kory L. Meyerink.|
A bibliography is a list of books on a particular topic or subject. Additionally, a bibliography can verify the exact title of a book and provide publishing information. The standard information given in a bibliography is similar to that found on most library catalog cards: author, title, edition (if other than a first edition), place of publication, publisher, date of publication, a collation (i.e., number of pages, illustrations, size), and price.
Books in Print is the standard bibliography used by librarians nationwide. Genealogists find Books in Print a good source to search for titles currently in print and published by major genealogical and historical publishers. The more familiar format, and the one usually available in libraries, is the printed multi-volume set, which lists more than 1 million titles produced by forty-six thousand publishers. Access to these titles is provided by author and title in alphabetical listings. Each entry lists the title, author, edition, price, publisher, year of publication, number of volumes, Library of Congress catalog card number, and the International Standard Book Number (ISBN). This information is essential when purchasing a book through a bookstore or directly from the publisher. A separate volume provides name, address, and telephone number for all publishers listed. Subject Guide to Books in Print (New York: R. R. Bowker, annual) offers subject access to all nonfiction titles in Books in Print.
To locate genealogical books published at state and local levels, consult Netti Schreiner-Yantis’s Genealogical and Local History Books in Print (Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 198590). This five-volume source lists thirty thousand books and microforms published by local and state genealogical societies and independent publishers. It is arranged alphabetically by state and therein by county. To learn what has been published for Shelby County, Missouri, for example, look in the section under that state and county.
The Genealogical Publishing Company (Baltimore) published the fifth edition of Genealogical and Local History Books in Print in four volumes compiled and edited by Marian Hoffman. The Family History Volume (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996) contains more than four thousand recently published genealogies. The General Reference and World Resources Volume (1997) lists reference books currently available for a variety of genealogical topics, including adoption, computers, heraldry, and immigration. This volume also contains genealogy and local history books currently available for countries other than the United States. The U.S. Sources and Resources Volume (1997) is actually two volumes divided alphabetically by state. The first volume covers Alabama through New York.