Professional Genealogy

Original Version of PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGY: Relevant as Ever!

Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians, edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills and published in 2001, is a manual by professionals for everyone serious about genealogy. This book is sometimes referred to as Progen I, to distinguished it from the 2018 book, Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards, also edited by Mrs.[…]Read more

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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,[…]Read more

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Genealogy Book Review

“Tree Talks” Speaks Highly of 4th Edition of The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy

The Central New York Genealogical Society has been publishing its journal, “Tree Talks,” for nearly sixty years. The June 2020 issue features a thoughtful review of the 4th edition of Val Greenwood’s Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. We are pleased to share with our readers below. The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy by Val D.[…]Read more

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Genealogy Book Reviews

Genealogical Forum of Oregon Reviews Three Recent Books

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon, based in Portland, is one of the leading family history societies on the Pacific Coast. It’s journal, The Bulletin, contains well written, considered reviews on new books in our field.  Following are excerpts of reviews of three books published in The Bulletin in 2020. Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. 5th[…]Read more

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Popular Books Now Available in Hardcover

Many publishers now use print on demand technology to manufacture their books. The reason:  Simple. In our digital age, it’s far too risky to tie up capital in unpredictable inventories. Rather than risk losing money by inventorying titles that don’t meet expectations (and ultimately destroy or sell off inventory for pennies on the dollar) publishers[…]Read more

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Revolutionary War Genealogy

Tips About Revolutionary War Service from The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy Fourth Edition, by Val D. Greenwood

After near 50 years and four editions, why is Val Greenwood’s Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy is still the most respected genealogy textbook? It is clear, to the point, and authoritative, to be sure, but “Greenwood” is also extremely resourceful. The following illustration from one of its two chapters on Military Records is a good[…]Read more

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National Genealogical Society Quarterly Review

Professional Genealogy and RD 900 earn Kudos from National Genealogical Society Quarterly

The June 2019 of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), arguably the most influential journal in the field, has given “thumbs up” to Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (Progen PPS), edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills; and The Royal Descents of 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies, Quebec, or the United States who were Themselves[…]Read more

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June 2018 Issue of NGSQ Reviews 4 Recent GPC Books

The just published June 2018 issue of the prestigious National Genealogical Society Quarterly features reviews of four recent titles: The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. 4th Edition, by Val Greenwood; the International Vital Records Handbook. 7th Edition, by Thomas J. Kemp; Volumes 1-3 in Michael Ports’ Five-Volume series, Georgia Free Persons of Color; and[…]Read more

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