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New England Historic Genealogical Society Bestows Prestigious “Coddington Award of Merit” upon Elizabeth Shown Mills

New England Historic Genealogical Society Bestows Prestigious “Coddington Award of Merit” upon Elizabeth Shown Mills

Earlier this month, the New England Historic Genealogical Society presented Elizabeth Shown Mills with its distinguished Coddington Award of Merit. The award is named after John Insley Coddington, who, after Donald Lines Jacobus, is considered the dean of 20th-century American genealogists. The Codington award recognizes significant accomplishments and contributions in the field. Elizabeth Shown Mills, who many consider to be the most influential genealogist of the last forty years, is renown for her teaching and writing about genealogical methodology, evidence evaluation, and professionalism in genealogy. Ms. Mills recently retired from the genealogy speaking circuit, after delivering 600 lectures on genealogy research. 

Watch the Coddington Award ceremony is proud to be the publisher of nearly 20 books and laminated research aids authored by Elizabeth Shown Mills. For example, John B. Boles, Editor of the Journal of Southern History, described Mills’ Evidence Explained: Citing Historical Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, now in its 3rd Edition Revised, as “The definitive guide for how to cite every conceivable kind of source a historian might use, from traditional archival materials to digital media to the most arcane sources imaginable.” An earlier edition of Evidence Explained was named a “Best Reference Book” by Library Journal.

Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards
, edited by Ms. Mills, won the 2021 award for excellence in genealogy methods conferred by the National Genealogical Society.

The brief research aid, QuickSheet: Citing Genetic Sources for History Research Evidence ! Style is the starting point for citing information derived from DNA research. And QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Individual Problem Analysis is perfect for considering untapped sources for scaling brick walls.

We encourage our readers to browse the list of those titles, any one of which could lead to the solution of a research problem.