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5 Genealogy Books All Researchers Need

I was tasked this year with coming up with only 5 books that every genealogist needs to read or own. This wasn’t as easy as it sounds, because each genealogist has different needs based on their family’s ethnicity, location, etc. As a result, these books are intentionally general in nature and often, specific to US research. There are over 1600 books in the Amelia Island Genealogical Society collection available to you, and more than 100 of them feature guides and assistance in your research. If you have a specific location or subject matter, then there is a good chance we have a book to help guide your research.

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Pioneers of the Wiregrass

Pioneers of the Wiregrass is a series of books on what is known as the Wiregrass area of Georgia. The first 7 volumes were written by Judge Folks Huxford. The second 5 volumes of the first series, and final 2 volumes of the second series, were published after the death of Huxford, and written by volunteers of the Huxford Genealogical Society. The original twelve volumes cover the wiregrass area of Georgia and the adjacent counties in Florida. They also include the ancestors of pioneer settlers of the coverage area who lived in other regions of the country. The final 2 volumes include the Wiregrass counties of South Alabama and Northwest Florida. This is an expensive set of genealogy material available at the Amelia Island Genealogical Society collection, located at the Fernandina Beach Library. It is not available online in any form except for lists of names of those who have had family information published within it. Due to the expense and rarity of the books, they must be viewed within the Fernandina Beach Library and may not be checked out. The wiregrass region is named for a native bunch grass once plentiful in the area. The region stretches approximately from just below Macon, Georgia and follows the Fall Line west to Montgomery, Alabama. From there it turns south and runs to approximately Washington County, Florida in the northern panhandle. From there it runs east, roughly making its southern boundary along Interstate 10 to Lake City, Florida. From there it turns …

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