I have a book at home that was published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints some time in the 1940s. It was written as a guide to help people fill in their ancestry forms correctly when they were submitting them to the church. It is a very thorough and helpful tome, despite its age. I am wondering what the earliest publication of a genealogy "How To" book might be. Was it published in English or some other language?
This question is relevant because: I am completing a thesis that focuses upon genealogists and how they find new resources and learn new skills. Since there seem to be a million books out nowadays that show you how to do genealogy, it's difficult to weed out the current from the first. Can anyone help?
Note: I know that periodicals were being published by genealogical societies. This might apply... I'm searching for the first "How To" guide. Thx.