Guide to Reference in genealogy and biography

For Immediate Release
Wed, 01/21/2015


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — An excellent starting point for both reference librarians and for library users seeking information about family history and the lives of others, “Guide to Reference in Genealogy and Biography,” edited by Mary K. Mannix, Fred Burchsted and Jo Bell Whitlatch, is drawn from the authoritative database of Guide to Reference, voted Best Professional Resource Database by Library Journal readers in 2012. Biographical resources have long been of interest to researchers and general readers, and this title, available through the ALA Store, directs readers to the best biographical sources for all regions of the world. For interest in the lives of those not found in biographical resources, this title also serves as a guide to the most useful genealogical resources. Profiling more than 1400 print and electronic sources, this book helps connect librarians and researchers to the most relevant sources of information in genealogy and biography.

Mannix, Maryland Room manager, C. Burr Artz Public Library, Frederick County Public Libraries, serves as the contributing editor for the Genealogy section of the Guide to Reference. Burchsted, research Librarian at Widener Library, Harvard University, serves as contributing editor for the Biography section of the Guide to Reference. Whitlatch, Faculty Emeritus, San Jose University Library, serves as division editor for General Reference Works of the Guide to Reference.

Guide to Reference is a selective guide to the best reference sources, both print and Web-based, organized by academic discipline and available as a subscription database. An editorial team of reference librarians and subject experts select, annotate, and update some 16,000 entries. ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. Contact us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5052 or