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DISCOVER MORE . . . Elizabeth Shown Mills, America’s Most Influential Genealogist

Genealogy audiences on three continents have dubbed Elizabeth Shown Mills “The SuperGenie,” “The Pied Piper of Family History,” “The Mother of Modern Genealogy,” and “the genealogist who has had the greatest impact on American genealogy in the post-ROOTS era.”

For over 30 years, Mrs. Mills has pushed the cutting edge of research methodology, standards, and quality, serving as president of both the Board for Certification of Genealogists and the American Society of Genealogists, as well as an officer or trustee of other major organizations.

During her 16 years as editor of the “National Genealogical Society Quarterly,” Mrs. Mills transformed that journal into the leading forum for the teaching of research methods and principles. For even longer, her Advanced Methodology Track at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research was a rite of passage for serious family historians.

GPC is proud to be the publisher of perhaps her best-known books: (1) Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian, (2) Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards, and (3) Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, now available in a Revised Third Edition. These three marvelous publications are considered “absolute essentials” for genealogists of all skill levels. If you don’t own copies of Mrs. Mills’ books, there is a gaping hole on your genealogy bookshelf.

As a matter of fact, the April 15, 2008, issue of the national trade magazine, Library Journal, selected Evidence Explained: as one of its “Best Reference of 2007” selections. To quote LIBRARY JOURNAL:

“Tracing your family history has become a passion for many people. Mills, an acknowledged expert on archival research, guides you through thousands of different kinds of sources, from archives, cemetery records, local and state records to national government records and web sites. She discusses the fundamentals of analyzing evidence and provides authoritative guidance in citing sources. Every library needs a copy.”

In addition to her books, Elizabeth Mills has authored an extremely popular series of laminated research aids, called “Quicksheets.” Designed for portability and conciseness, “Quicksheets” are perfect for taking on a research trip, or as a handy reference near your computer. One set of “Quicksheets” is designed for citing sources found at, in DNA results, and in other leading databases. The other installments in the series fall within the “Historical Biographer’s Guide” group of “Quicksheets,” and they are perfect for evaluating databases, undertaking cluster research and generally leaving no stone unturned in your detective work.

Click here for a complete listing of Elizabeth Mills’ books and “Quicksheets.” You will be glad you did.