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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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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“Creating a Research Plan to Solve Our Research Problem,” By Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG

Whatever the research problem, once we have carefully analyzed everything we have accumulated and are confident that our starting-point data is sound, we can move forward with the development of a work plan for productive research. Research plans offer prioritized, detailed lists of relevant sources that should provide information to resolve the stated problem. We[…]Read more

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Genealogy Tips

Genealogical Facts, Assertions & “The Truth”

[Excerpted from Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 3d ed. rev. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2017), pp. 18–22, §1.4, 1.11.] Our latest excerpt from Elizabeth Shown Mills’ classic work, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, is one we would all do well to contemplate regularly as we  conduct our research,[…]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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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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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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Proof Argument

Proof, Proof Statements, Proof Summaries & Proof Arguments, by Elizabeth Shown Mills

In the following excerpt from her acclaimed book, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. 3rd Edition Revised, Elizabeth Shown Mills explains that the terms proof, source, and evidence have different and distinct meanings. Moreover, a proof argument in genealogy must consist of a number of demonstrable components. Whether we are reading Ms.[…]Read more

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