Useful Books

For genealogy research in Alleghany County, NC, and vicinity.

Research tips:

Genealogy books often go out of print.  If the book you are looking for is not currently available, periodically check for used copies on sites like, Fetchbook, and eBay.  Many books in the public domain can be downloaded from Google Books.  The subscription site has digitized hundreds of family and local history books.  Genealogy books can often be found at regional libraries and local historical societies.  Finally, the LDS Library has thousands of genealogy books on microfilm.  Check with your local LDS Family History Center for assistance.

Alleghany County, NC

Ashe County, NC

Surry County, NC

Wilkes County, NC

Grayson County, VA

Regional Interest

North Carolina Biographical, Colonial, and State Records

Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, digital edition (all 26 volumes) -- from the Documenting the American South website (Univ. of NC). Fully searchable.

The following volumes of North Carolina history and records are currently available on Google Books:


Authors: please contact me to add your book to this list! (Book should be relevant to genealogy research in Alleghany, Ashe, Wilkes, or Surry County, NC, or Grayson County, VA.)


  • Antient Press. Abstracts of Virginia county records, especially Tidewater and northern VA.
  • Archive CD Books. Hard-to-find and out-of-print books on CD including British and American genealogy books and family histories. Really cool site!
  • DMK Heritage. County histories, old books and records on CD, mostly VA, TN, SC, NC, KY.
  • Ericson Books. Southern genealogy, especially Texas, but also carries books on the Carolinas and Virginia.
  • The website of Genealogy Publishing Company and Clearfield Company, the world's largest publishers of genealogy reference books.
  • Primarily an on-line subscription service, but also sells books and CD data collections.
  • Genealogy Shoppe. Genealogy binders and charts; census images on CD.
  • Han-Ack Publishing. Genealogy and history books on CD. Very reasonable prices.
  • Heritage Books. Wide variety of source materials and family histories.
  • Higginson Book Company. Source materials, local histories, maps, and genealogies. High-quality reprints of out-of-print and limited-edition genealogy books.
  • Kegley Books. Many original books and abstracts of records for Wythe, Montgomery, Grayson and surrounding counties in southwest VA.
  • Kinfolk Research Press. Genealogy research and publishing.
  • Latter Day Saints. They have many source materials, CD's, and research products for sale, including their popular pedigree charts, research logs and family group sheets, how-to manuals, software products and databases.
  • Library of Virginia. They publish a wide variety of books on Virginia genealogy and history, many available nowhere else. For a complete list of their publications, go to the website and click on "Order Publications Online."
  • Self-published books printed on demand. Many titles of interest to genealogists.
  • Mountain Press. Mostly Southern and Midwestern genealogy & history.
  • New Papyrus. Source records and genealogical reference materials for VA, NC, and other Southern states.
  • North Carolina Genealogy Society. They have many interesting publications including 25 years of the NCGS Journal on CD.
  • North Carolina Historical Publications. The publication division of the NC Archives. They mainly focus on historical works, but many books would be of interest to genealogists. They also sell high-quality reproductions of historic documents and maps.
  • Parish Chest. If you are thinking of expanding your genealogical research to England, this is an excellent source of books (many on CD), family histories and data CD's. Also has some American books and records.
  • Pioneer Publishing Co. Southeastern states, especially Mississippi.
  • SK Publications. Specializes in census records and census indexes on CD for the individual consumer.
  • South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research. They sell a variety of books relevant to South Carolina genealogy.
  • Southern Historical Press. Large catalogue of books focusing on Southern genealogy.
  • Southwest Virginia Books. Southwest VA records including Grayson & Carroll Co., VA.
  • University of North Carolina Press. Publishes many interesting books about North Carolina history.

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