Quicksheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Individual Problem Analysis, from renowned genealogist Elizabeth Shown Mills, addresses the nature and evaluation of evidence, not citation, thereby addressing the process of research head-on. Recognizing that solutions to tough research problems require thoughtful analysis, Mrs. Mills has designed a 10-step solution to genealogical problems to help researchers construct a case for their proposed solution. The outgrowth of a lifetime of professional experience, these 10 steps provide a systematic basis for problem solving unique to genealogy. For example, the author shows researchers how to separate documented facts from undocumented assertions, and how to analyze prior assumptions for weaknesses. When faced with an elusive person or missing or contradictory information, these 10 steps will be your lifeline, helping you to grow your findings from “information,” to “evidence,” and ultimately to “proof,” and avert hours of wasted time in the balance.
In addition to the 10 steps, this QuickSheet contains a “Life Stages Worksheet”—a form to be filled in covering most life events from birth to death through six specific stages of life. This single-page form allows for a systematic listing of records that you can review at a glance. Because the “Worksheet” lists 38 different record categories, it can suggest key sources you may have overlooked or never even considered.
The new problem analysis QuickSheet is a laminated two-sided sheet designed for heavy use.
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And while you are at it, check into the companion titles in the Quicksheet: Historical Biographer’s series:
- QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Cluster Research (the FAN Principle)
In this QuickSheet Elizabeth Mills introduces us to the concept of “Cluster Research” based on the FAN principle, the idea being that to prove identity, origin, and parentage individuals must be studied in the context of their FAN club–family, associates, and neighbors. View Details
- QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Finding People in Databases & Indexes
The premise of this QuickSheet is that while databases and indexes are valuable tools for research, they can actually impede the research process. In this QuickSheet Mrs. Mills shows how to adopt pro-active strategies to overcome this problem and thus get the full benefit of databases and indexes. View Details
- QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to the Research Process
Building on a lifetime of experience, Elizabeth Mills argues that successful research can be achieved by following four specific models: (1) The Research Process Model, (2) The Research Analysis Model, (3) The Identity Triangulation Model, and (4) The Reliability Model. View Details