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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Understanding Spanish Parish Records

Mastering Spanish Handwriting Deciphers 16th-Century Handwriting

Chapter Twelve of Mastering Spanish Handwriting and Documents, 1520-1820 tackles the difficult task of transcribing the 16th-century Cortesana style of Spanish handwriting commonly found in documents created by notaries and other officials of the Spanish Empire. With a nod to Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quixote, authors George Ryskamp, Peggy Ryskamp, and Leandro Soria introduce the notorious[…]Read more

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Citing History Sources—Flexibility & Choices

Citation Tips:  Citing History Sources—Flexibility & Choices. 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 fourth in our four-part series. ( View Part 1 | View Part 2 | View Part 3 ) Citations are flexible structures. They are not rigid formulas from which we dare[…]Read more

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Genealogists Must Consider Women’s Property Rights

Genealogists Must Consider Women’s Property Rights

One of the most fascinating chapters in the Fourth Edition of The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, by Val D. Greenwood, concerns women’s property rights. Chapter 23, “Property Rights of Women as a Consideration,” while not specifically focused on finding records relating to women, nonetheless explores “the legal considerations that will help you better understand[…]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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The Push, Pull & Means of Colonial Era British Emigration

The Push, Pull & Means of Colonial Era British Emigration, by Terrence M. Punch

Following is a discussion of some of the things I have learned from studying the migration of people from Scotland and Ireland into the Maritimes.  Books about emigration usually talk of the forces that drove people out of their homelands – what we call the push factors: Highland clearances, breakdown of the traditional clan system,[…]Read more

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