Greenwood, Val. The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. 3rd Edition. Paperback Version Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co ©2000
Review chapters 1-6, 10-12, 16, 23-24, 27. (if using 1st or 2nd edition, review the chapters on the census and vital records)
Croom, Emily Anne. Unpuzzling Your Past. the Best-Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy. Fourth Edition. Expanded, Updated and Revised Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Publishers ©2003
Review chapters focusing on vital records and census records
NOTE: you do not have to purchase Val Greenwood’s book, but it’s a great reference tool if you are interested in genealogy.