I have had the luxury of getting my hands on 3 family history books and 1 community history book. These, though not always the most reliable sources of information are very useful.
Family History Books
These are generally books that detail a particular family line. The 3 I have copies of are:
Genealogical Sketches of James Yuill Of Ramsay Township, Lanark County, Ontario and Descendants by J Herbert J Yule. (This was very generous donated to me by a kind ancestry user)
Two Hundred Years. Fairbairn family by Grace Jenking. (This is a PDF Copy found online and printed out)
From Lanark County, Scotland to Lanark County Upper Canada: James Aitkenhead and His Descendants by Margaret E Goodman(This book was mentioned to me by ancestry user who donated the Yuill book to me and I was very lucky to find a copy in a local bookstore.)
The Yuill and Aitkenhead books are very detailed and quite in depth. The Yuill one was published in the 50s, so its stop there. Aitkenhead however was published in 2009 and is a labor of love. I highly recommend if you are researching that particular family, getting a copy or borrowing if able.
All these books have proved useful for me, not just for names and dates but stories.
BUT…. these books will often have incorrect information. I recommend treating these a guide. Some common issues I have come across is gender wrong, dates incorrect, mix-up in names. I had who married who mixed up, especially with people with the same names.
One example are: I had a Montrose listed as a girl but It was actually a second name of a male James Montrose Fairbarin.
On the hand, I have found more ancestors who were missing or just what happen to them unknown until I had the book.
Community History Books- are a book about the history of community. There are different kinds of these I feel.
They are those who might look a community more generally for example: Ukrainian community of Edmonton 1900-1950-more of a broad focus. You might things such as were their community lived in Edmonton, were they shopped etc and maybe some names if your lucky.
Might give an idea of what your ancestors life was like or a starting point if you don’t have much to go on. Example: You know your great grandparents were Ukrainian and lived in Edmonton in the 1900s, the book might give you some ideas of were search.
Another type is a history of specific geographical place- such as The Fox’s Tale: The History of Foxwarren and the Consolidated School District #525. This book is about the small town called Foxwarren and its history, residents etc. These will generally have a section about the pioneers of the area. I find these to be very useful not just for the family histories and stories but the telling of what live was like in the town etc. Very good for finding out what etc your ancestor live was maybe like.
As Always, Thanks for Reading