Books for Sale
Unfortunately for those of us with limited time or mobility resources, most genealogy information is not available on the Internet. Instead, it remains in books, libraries, institutions and individual hands. This is changing at a rapid pace, but a thorough search will not be available through the Internet alone for a long time. Here are some resources for Bible Records.
An Index To Some Of The BIBLES and FAMILY RECORDS Of The United States, Volume II, by E. Kay Kirkham, Everton Publishers, 1940.
This is a publication that I own and cherish. It gets top billing on my list of books to buy because of its true wealth of information. Kay indexes in this book all of the Bible Records and similar Family Records in the collection of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the microfilm at the Genealogical Society of Utah. Volume 1 contains the Southern states, but this volume indexes the records for the rest of the Unites States ... all 45,500 of them. 45,500 Bible Records indexed by surname.
The book itself is someone difficult to interpret, because of the amount of information crammed in, but it packs a lot of bang for the buck. The book gives you the state of the union that the record came from, and the microfilm number and page the information can be found on. The microfilms can be ordered at any local branch of the LDS, or many researchers will print out these pages for a fee.
Add it to your library now. If you are serious about locating family Bibles, this book and its Southern companion are a must, and the price cannot be beat. Keep in mind that this book is not all inclusive -- Kay admits as much in 1940, and of course it does not include records added since then.
$15.50 last time I checked -- click the buy box to double-check.
TENNESSEE RECORDS Bible Records and Marriage Bonds, Compiled by Jeannette Tillotson Acklen, 1933.
This book is a very good reference for Tennessee researchers. Acklen, who was vice-president of the NSDAR at the time, coordinated the collection of Bible and other records from the various chapters in Tennessee at the time. The book has a good index (15,000 references, I've heard quoted) and has been reprinted often. Many records I have copied onto this site.
The book itself misses the mark in a few ways. First, it is heavily weighted to just a few areas in Tennessee. These were the chapters that most actively participated, I assume. Also, it is apparently random in its presentation of the records, and it takes some searching to find the source of some records when one submitter submitted many.
Still, it is a hefty 500+ page volume of Tennessee records transcripts from 1933. In genealogy, the earlier the better -- because the original source for these records may no longer exist. It is truly packed with facts and records, and comes well-recommended for those seekers in Tennessee.
$41.50, last time I checked.