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Heritage Books – A Great Source

Heritage Books in Westminster, Maryland is a major publisher of books relating to Genealogy and Local History. Many of the books that they produce are in limited quantities and when offered you should purchase a copy when you find something of interest, as production may be out of stock after a while.

Here are some of the current titles that relate to New York:

1850 Census for the Town of Howard, Steuben County, New York, and Genealogical Data on the Families. —
A Bibliography of New York State Communities, Third Edition —
A Collection of Abstracts from Otsego County, New York, Newspaper Obituaries, 1808-1875. —
A Dangerous Woman: New York’s First Lady Liberty: The Life and Times of Lady Deborah Moody. —
A Directory of Cayuga County Residents Who Supported Publication of the History of Cayuga County. —
A Documentary History of Yonkers, New York, Volume Two, Part One: The Unsettled Years, 1853-1860. —
A Genealogical Dictionary of Wright Families in the Lower Hudson Valley to 1800. —
A Genealogy Of The Family Of Richard Howell Of Mattituck, Southold Town Long Island, New York. —
A Hidden Phase of American History: Ireland’s Part in America’s Struggle for Liberty. —
A History of Deerpark in Orange County, New York. —

Take a look at their website and catalog. (There are lots of genealogies!)

Don’t forget to let our readers know when you find something really good at Heritage Books by adding your comment to the bottom of this Blog. We want to know what you think.


Finding Sources of Good Used Books.

Sources of Genealogical Research Books.

So you’ve been doing the bulk of your genealogical research on-line now right?

You have ready access to images and indexes of census returns, historical documents, maps, huge databases of linked individuals and enough digitized bits and bytes to choke a USB port.

Well don’t forget the OLD methods of research.
There are still a lot of treasures to be dug out of BOOKS! You remember books right?

Some of the best finds that this writer has made through the years is by haunting the lawn and garage sales, thrift stores, used book stores, and the book sales of libraries and historical societies. It’s a win-win situation. The seller is getting rid of items that they no longer need or have a use for, and the buyer gets to rescue a treasure trove of information. They make a little money for the treasury and you have a new friend to explore.

Re-cycling is not only the key here, the fact is, that some of these books were printed in very small quantities and may be considered rare! That does not mean they are necessarily worth a fortune, just that they are hard to come by. Last summer at a genealogical society sale for about $20, I found a set of the Centennial Directory of Patriot Ancestors published by the DAR. OK, so there is a new volume out, but that does not mean all of the information in the previous edition is obsolete.

In Saratoga at the library book sale last year I bought for two dollars, a copy of Guzik’s masterpiece on researching in the New York City areas.

Once at a house sale a friend of mine purchased a copy of Smith’s Syracuse and It’s Surroundings for $35. That book is SO RARE! It was only printed in 200 copies and had actual stereoscopic photo images in it of the 1870′s in Syracuse, NY. This book has a fold out viewer built into the binding so that you can see the images in 3-D, and it now sells in the multi-thousands of dollars, if you can ever find one that is. Oh yes, my good buddy Charlie said, “You will appreciate this more than me, give me the thirty five bucks.”

If you have been a regular reader of this Blog or of the unyg website, you will remember that we have promoted various companies where you may find used historical and genealogical reference books that are available for sale. A couple of these vendors are now advertisers on our websites, those being and You can have confidence in these companies, however do not overlook the chances of finding some goodies on ebay, cragislist, Barnes and Noble, Sam Weller Books, and many other fine companies, oh and ask at your favorite library when their annual sale is going to be.

Here in Upstate New York we have had a spring thaw recently, but there is plenty of winter still to come, so pull a tome off the shelf and enjoy. Some of my best friends are books.



Here is a very fast search site for books and other media that are available from libraries worldwide. It is part of the OCLC system and is located at the url of:

When you input a search term it will quickly come back with numerous items and when you put your zip code in it will show you which libraries nearest you have the item you searched for.

It will benefit you to use the “Learn More” button. Here is a partial blurb from their information catagory.

You can search for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items you’re used to getting from libraries. You can also discover many new kinds of digital content, such as downloadable audiobooks. You may also find article abstracts and their full text; authoritative research materials, such as documents and photos of local or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that aren’t available to the public. Because WorldCat libraries serve diverse communities in dozens of countries, resources are available in many languages.

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