Editors of Family Tree Magazine. The Family Tree Guide Book.

Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2002. 336p., softcover. Index, illus, maps. $19.99. ISBN 1-55870-647-X.

I have to be suspicious of a book subtitled “Everything You Need to Know to Trace Your Genealogy Across North America,” because that’s patently untrue. The Introduction by Emily Anne Croom, “Getting Started Tracing Your Ancestors,” is well-written and touches all the methodological bases — documenting your sources, “clustering,” continuing education, etc. — but it’s simply not possible to compress a useful discussion of genealogical techniques into seven pages.

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Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace.

Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 2007. 885p. Hardcover, index, illus. $59.95. ISBN 0-8063-1806-6.

I admit it — when a new book is announced by Elizabeth Mills, I immediately put in an advance order, without even reading any reviews. I’ve heard her speak at dozens of conferences and seminars, local and national, and I’ve read (I think) all of her published articles. My regard for her professional expertise is such that anything she cares to say, I want to hear.

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