New on the Genealogy Bookshelf

I wanted to share the two newest additions to my personal library – well, one of them will stay with me and one won’t.

The first book is Kenyatta Berry‘s “The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy.” Kenyatta is a notable genealogist and one of the hosts of PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow. The book is a guide for understanding where to begin in the search for your family history. The chapters cover getting started in the process and how to work with different record types, from census, court, immigration, military, ethnic records, DNA, adoption records, and more. I’m excited to get this because we will actually be putting it up for raffle at the upcoming meeting of the Nashville Chapter of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society. It will be nice to see this book in the hands of one of our lucky attendees so it will not be staying in my personal library. I will definitely get a copy for myself though!

The second book is an exhibit book for a collection of life-sized color pencil drawings of 17 men from the 25th USCT, Company G. The portraits are currently on exhibit at Ft. Negley here in Nashville and I was truly captivated. The book is by Shayne Davidson and is titled “Civil War Soldiers – Discovering the Men of the 25th United States Colored Troops.” I wrote a post on the AAHGS Nashville blog with more info so I invite you to read it at

Have I mentioned how I catalog my personal library collection? It may be time to do a blog post about that! As I am on a quest for improved organization, ensuring my book collection is well organized has been part of that process. That’s a topic for another day.