Val Greenwood on Genealogy Wikis

Do you know where the term “wiki comes from, or how the concept has become so pervasive on the internet? More important, can you name the most important wikis for genealogy? The following article, which is excerpted from Chapter Nine of the Fourth Edition of The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, by Val Greenwood, answers[…]Read more

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RESEARCH TIPS FOR USING COURT RECORDS– FROM 4TH EDITION OF THE RESEARCHER’S GUIDE TO AMERICAN GENEALOGY

For this issue of “Genealogy Pointers” we are once again highlighting sage advice for genealogists from America’s most respected author/teacher Val Greenwood. Below, we have included excerpts of Mr. Greenwood’s recommendations—indicating chapters and page numbers from the 4th edition of The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy–pertaining to immigration and passenger records, Revolutionary War and other[…]Read more

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“Reasoning from Evidence,” by Thomas W. Jones, PH.D., CG, CGL, FASG

“Genealogy Pointers” continues with its practice of excerpting sections from Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (Progen PPS), edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills. Today we have lifted the beginning pages of Chapter 12, “Reasoning from Evidence,” which was prepared by Dr. Thomas W. Jones. We are sure you will agree that even in these scant[…]Read more

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Progen PPS explains options for family history writing

Another valuable chapter in Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards, edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills, illustrates the different ways in which genealogists have structured their published work over the years. Chapter 22, “Crafting Family Histories,” which was written by Michael Leclerc, itemizes seven different formats for family history writing that have appeared over many decades.[…]Read more

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The best books on genealogy and family history

Will Your Genealogy Pass the Test of Time? by Richard Hite

[av_image src=’https://genealogical.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/2017-11-05-05-34-06.1f57953c24fd8041d68074e472523f5cb3720209-223×300.jpg’ attachment=’5382′ attachment_size=’medium’ align=’right’ styling=” hover=’av-hover-grow’ link=’manually,https://library.genealogical.com/printpurchase/ozld5′ target=’_blank’ caption=’yes’ font_size=” appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’ admin_preview_bg=” av_uid=’av-5u4eyp’] View Book Details [/av_image] Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact from Fiction in Family Legends, by Richard Hite, is a wonderful collection of cautionary tales for the practicing genealogist. In the following selection from Sustainable Genealogy, Mr. Hite illustrates[…]Read more

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Family Bibles as an Underutilized Genealogical Resource — By Michael Hait

(The following article originally appeared in the [Washington] Examiner.com on July 4, 2010.) Family Bibles hold a unique position among genealogical record groups. They are not official records created for use outside of the family. This point cannot be understated, or underemphasized, for often certain facts will appear in a family Bible that do not otherwise appear.[…]Read more

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“Clues in Names”

(Excerpted from Unpuzzling Your Past. Fourth Edition, Updated, by Emily Anne Croom, pp. 37-39.) Naming practices vary from place to place and generation to generation. However, certain consistencies have existed for nearly four centuries in the area we now call the United States. Children were, and still are, often named for parents, grandparents, and other[…]Read more

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Titles Newly Back in Print!

The very popular treasury of bot mots and wise words from Elizabeth Shown Mills and Ruth Brossette Lennon, Tips & Quips for the Family Historian, is just one of four valuable titles we’ve put back into stock this month. Scroll down to learn if one of them is just the title you’ve been waiting for![…]Read more

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“Research Procedures: Preparing for Research,” by Harold Henderson

“Where do I start?” is a question often asked by inexperienced and more experienced genealogists alike. The problem is that starting off on the wrong foot can often result in time wasted or require re-visiting sources already consulted. [av_image src=’https://genealogical.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2018-04-17-04-50-20.68983f8c735befefac2d9e1371afd616db38c7d6-223×300.jpg’ attachment=’4691′ attachment_size=’medium’ align=’right’ styling=” hover=’av-hover-grow’ link=’manually,https://library.genealogical.com/printpurchase/Xeger’ target=’_blank’ caption=’yes’ font_size=” appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’ admin_preview_bg=”[…]Read more

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