Google Books Updated

Jan Meisels Allen




A great non-genealogy resource for genealogy is Google Books. It’s been around for 15 years and has over 40 million books in 400 languages available on the website. Google just announced its redesign which allows you to access everything you want to know about that book in one place. “We’ve redesigned Google Books so people can now quickly access details like the book’s description, author’s history and other works, reader reviews and options for where you can purchase or borrow the book. And for those using Google Books for research, each book’s bibliographies are located prominently on the page and the citation tool allows you to cite the source in your preferred format, all in one spot.”  See:


The video on the above website includes how a genealogist, Lisa Lisson, uses Google Books.  It also advises where you may purchase or borrow the book.


To go to NEW Google Books see:


On Google books you can search for a phrase or a word, ancestral names, towns etc.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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