Genealogy Analysis

“Assessing Genealogical Information,” By Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG

The following article was excerpted by Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor, from Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2018), pp. 265–92. Genealogists think about the information they find and what it might say or imply about the past. They assess both information and the sources that contain the information. These assessments usually[…]Read more

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New Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy

New Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy Garners High Marks from Midwest Book Review

The Midwest Books Review, edited by James A. Cox of Oregon, Wisconsin, has for decades been an important source of advice for library acquisition librarians in deciding what new publications to add to their collections. Brian Mitchell’s New Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy just received a stellar review from Mr. Cox, and we are reprinting[…]Read more

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New Genealogy Books

New Summer Genealogy & Family History Book Releases

Our August new releases include Joseph Lee Boyle’s latest collection of transcribed runaway servant newspaper ads, and our first “Genealogy at a Glance” publication to cover a Scandinavian nation. Please read on for details. “Fond of liquor, dancing and gaming.” New-York Runaways, 1769-1783, by Joseph Lee Boyle This work marks the second and concluding volume[…]Read more

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Connecticut genealogy book review

High Praise for Finding Early Connecticut Vital Records, by Linda MacLachlan

Last fall, we announced Linda MacLachlan’s book, Finding Early Connecticut Vital Records: The Barbour Index and Beyond. The product of a 10-year examination of Connecticut vital records, this work identifies the original sources of the millions of early Connecticut vital records abstracted in the Barbour Index. It names hundreds of books, manuscripts, and articles not[…]Read more

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Royal Descents

55 Remarkable Descents, Kinships, or Near Kin-to-Near Kin Genealogical Connections Outlined and Charted in The Royal Descents of 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies – By Gary Boyd Roberts

We’ve written on several occasions about Gary Boyd Roberts amazing two volume work, The Royal Descents 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies, Quebec, or the United States (RD 900). This collection of royal lines possessed by North Americans represents Mr. Roberts’ magnum opus, and it is truly the product of a lifetime of study in[…]Read more

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COPYRIGHT BASICS

COPYRIGHT BASICS, by Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL

Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor of the reference work, Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (Progen PPS), recently chose and edited a number of selections from Progen PPS for publication in “Genealogy Pointers.”  We hasten to stress that while the author of each selection is a professional genealogist, each selection should interest anyone who is serious[…]Read more

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Plantagenet descendants

The Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists, by David Faris

One of the stellar works in our collection of royal and noble ancestry books is the 1996 publication, Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists, by David Faris.  As the subtitle explains, this work traces the descent from England’s kings Henry III, Edward I, Edward II, and Edward III of British emigrants who arrived in the North[…]Read more

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Reaching Genealogical Conclusions: Hypothesis, Theory & Proof

Reaching Genealogical Conclusions: Hypothesis, Theory & Proof By Elizabeth Shown Mills

The following essay concerning the nature of genealogical proof was excerpted by Elizabeth Shown Mills from her book, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. 3rd ed. Rev. (2017), p. 17. In it, Mrs. Mills explains the difference between genealogical proof, theory, and hypothesis and offers a cautionary point lesson that any researcher[…]Read more

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Polish Genealogy

Polish Genealogy at a Glance | Available in New 2020 Updated Edition

In the newly updated edition of Genealogy at a Glance: Polish Genealogy Research, expert genealogist Rosemary Chorzempa, lays out the basic elements of Polish genealogical research in four specially laminated pages. Starting with a discussion of names, the guide–which has been revised to include updated URLs, the latest statistics, and most important online databases and resources–focuses[…]Read more

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