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Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian (edition 1997)

by Elizabeth Shown Mills

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Elizabeth Shown Mills' stunning book, Evidence!, provides the family history researcher with a reliable standard for both the correct form of source citation and the sound analysis of evidence. In successful genealogical research, these two practices are inseparable, and the author's treatment of this little-understood concept is nothing short of brilliant. This dual-track theme is introduced early on, and is best summed up in a few choice paragraphs from the introduction: "Successful research--research that yields correct information with a minimum of wasted time and funds--depends upon a sound analysis of evidence. Source citation is fundamental, but it is not enough. The validity of any piece of evidence cannot be analyzed if its source is unknown. Citing a worthless source is an effort that produces worthless results."… (more)
Title:Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian
Authors:Elizabeth Shown Mills
Info:Genealogical Publishing Company (1997), Hardcover
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This book is a style guide/handbook for citation and analysis for a genealogist. The first part focuses outlines the basics of each, while the second part shows examples of formatting your citations.

Unfortunately, I didn't find this as useful as I'd hoped. The citation suggestions are primarily for a family historian or a genealogist hoping to publish their work. Though she gives some examples of citations on a family group sheet or an ancestral chart, much less time is spent discussing how to analyze records. As a beginner just starting to look into my genealogy and not currently planning publication, I need a little more hand-holding than this provided. Others have mentioned the lack of online citation examples - the book was published in 1997 before there were clear standards for online citations, but as I have done primarily online searches, I would find it much more useful to have those clearly explained as well. I will definitely be able to use her examples of cited family group sheets, but I will continue my search for an introduction to analysis of records. ( )
  bell7 | Sep 12, 2011 |
A must-have staple for reference material when writing. ( )
  Persisto | Apr 30, 2010 |
If you only get one reference book about how to record family history, this is it. It's concise and handy as a constant reference. ( )
  jpsnow | May 24, 2008 |
Exellent book with guidelines for source documentation, tips and rules.
  dpk1927 | Apr 10, 2007 |
I ordered this book online as I wanted to upgrade my standards for genealogical research. If I'd seen it in a bookstore I probably wouldn't have picked it up, as the hardcover version is $17, which only includes about 60 pages of actual text, the rest of the rather small book being filled with examples of citations and appendices. As it was published in 1997, it also isn't very up-to-date in discussing referencing online sources - which topic, granted, is almost too young to be covered at all. ( )
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In memory of
Richard Stephen Lackey, CG, FASG

friend, mentor, fellow Mississippian,
and fellow Fellow of the
American Society of Genealogists

who was inspired by
a modest article of my own
to create
Cite Your Sources
(New Orleans: Polyanthos, 1980),
a pathbreaking work that has guided
a generation of genealogists.

In the seventeen years since that manual appeared,
the tools and practices of our field have changed
tremendously. Had Richard's death not soon
followed his publication, his manual
could—and, I'm sure, would—have
kept abreast.

As I tender this replacement to our field,
I do so with regret that Richard is not here
to make my effort unneccessary—
and with a fresh sense
of life's tendency to close its circles.
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Since its publication in 1981, Richard Lackey's Cite Your Sourceshas been praised, panned, and misunderstood. But it has been used..
Fundamentals of citation . . . . . . . . .

Ancestors. Where did they come from? Who produced them?
These are the most basic questions that genealogists ask. These are also the questions we must ask of our information. Where did it come from? Who produced it?
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