Citation Tips: Do All Citations Require Layers?

Citation Tips: Do All Citations Require Layers? By Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG

To celebrate the release of the new fourth edition of Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, EE’s author offers guidance drawn from the new edition. This is the third in our four-part series. ( View Part 1 | View Part 2 ) Previous posts in this series introduced the concept of layered[…]Read more

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New Fourth Edition of Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace

Author Elizabeth Shown Mills Talks About the New Fourth Edition of Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace – By: Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CG, FASG

(View 4th Edition of Evidence Explained in Store) The Information Age has created a Catch-22 for historians. Online, we can scour billions of documents from around the world. Images of priceless originals are instantly downloadable to our PCs, laptops, tablets, and phones. Travel to archives, for long slogs through dusty boxes of record bundles tied[…]Read more

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Citing Titles: Basic Rules

“Citing Titles: Basic Rules,” by Elizabeth Shown Mills

[Excerpted from Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 3d ed. rev. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2017), pp. 52–53, §2.22–2.23.] “Six basic rules govern our citation of titles, regardless of the type of record or publication we are using: 1) BOOK, CD, DVD, JOURNAL, MAP, WEBSITE, ETC. For published stand-alone[…]Read more

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Evidence Explained Genealogy Review

Noted Genealogist Michael J Neill Depends on Evidence Explained, by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Reprinted from 15 December 2014, RootsDig.com “Why I Like Evidence Explained,” by Michael John Neill There aren’t many genealogy reference books that I use on a regular basis. And the ones I have that are nearly falling apart from almost daily use are rarer still.  One of those books is  Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills. The[…]Read more

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What Exactly are Layered Citations & Why Do We Need Them

Citation Tips: What Exactly are Layered Citations & Why Do We Need Them? By Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG

To celebrate the release of the new fourth edition of Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, author Elizabeth Shown Mills offers guidance drawn from the new edition. This is second in our four-part series. (View part 1) Technology has complicated the process of citing our sources. With digital images delivered online or through other[…]Read more

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The Genealogist’s Research Report, by Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL

The Genealogist’s Research Report, by Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL

Excerpted from: Nancy A. Peters, “Research Reports,” Elizabeth Shown Mills, ed., Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards(Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2018), 417-450. Genealogists conduct research. They must then communicate the results. Professional researchers are judged not only by the outcome of their investigation, but by how well they present their findings through their primary work product—the research[…]Read more

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Citing the Source of a Source, by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Citing the Source of a Source, by Elizabeth Shown Mills

(Excerpted from Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 3d ed. rev. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2017), pp. 52, 180, §2.21, 4.6.) In the following excerpt from her acclaimed book, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. 3rd Edition Revised, Elizabeth Shown Mills explains why researchers should avoid[…]Read more

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Quicksheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Individual Problem Analysis

Elizabeth Mills’ Problem Analysis QuickSheet Lays out Strategy for Success!

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[…]Read more

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Handling Secrets & Sensitivities When Writing Family Histories,

Handling Secrets & Sensitivities When Writing Family Histories, By Michael J. Leclerc, CG

(Excerpted from Michael J. Leclerc, “Crafting Family Histories,” Elizabeth Shown Mills, ed.,Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2018), 519–44.) Writing family histories is one of the most meaningful ways we can communicate the results of our research to our family members and even ourselves. Our projects can be large or small.[…]Read more

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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,[…]Read more

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Meeting Lineage Society Requirements: Part 2

Meeting Lineage Society Requirements: Part 2, Standards

By Barbara J. Mathews, CG, FASG, and Darcie Hind Posz, CG(Excerpted from Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards) NB: Part One of this article covering lineage society membership, which appeared in the October 19 issue of “Genealogy Pointers,” covered the process of completing a lineage society application. Part Two picks up with the crucial process[…]Read more

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