Geyh, Patricia Keeney, et al. French-Canadian Sources: A Guide for Genealogists.

Orem, UT: Ancestry, 2002. 329p., hardcover. Index, illus, maps. $39.95. ISBN 1-931279-01-2.

Any guide to family history research in French Canada is automatically of interest to Louisiana genealogists not only because of the historical similarity between the French colonial systems in Quebec and Louisiana, but also because a large fraction of those expelled by the English from Acadia made their way to Quebec.


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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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Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian.

Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997. 124p.; hardcover. $16.95. ISBN 0-8063-1543-1.

Every serious family researcher should be not only aware of, but thoroughly familiar with, the late Richard Lackey’s Cite Your Sources, which, on its publication in 1981, quickly became the Bible of genealogical source citation. Many, however, are not aware that Lackey was inspired by an article published a few years before by Elizabeth Mills — another name that all genealogists should be familiar with.


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The Handybook for Genealogists, United States of America.

11th ed. Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2006. 862p., hardcover. Index, maps. $59.95. ISBN 1-932008-00-8.

For several decades, one of the first books a new (or newly serious) genealogist was likely to purchase has been “Everton’s Handybook.” It first appeared in 1947 with only a couple hundred pages of contact information, but it was an almost immediate success and the first ten editions have sold more than 1,000,000 copies.


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Hinckley, Kathleen W. Your Guide to the Federal Census for Genealogists, Researchers, and Family Historians.

Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2002. 275p., softcover. Index, illus, maps. $21.99. ISBN 1-55870-588-0.

Kathy Hinckley has built an enviable reputation not only for professionalism in the field of genealogy and for her writing and lecturing skills, but for her expertise in original sources, especially of the 20th century. The U.S. census was the first place most of us were directed to when we began researching our families, and most folks probably believe they have nothing more to learn about the subject. Not so!


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Shawker, Thomas H. Unlocking Your Genetic History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Discovering Your Family’s Medical and Genetic Heritage.

Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 2004. 305p., softcover. Index, illus. $19.99. ISBN 1-4016-0144-8.

This is the fifth in a new series of instructional volumes sponsored by the National Genealogical Society, and when I reviewed the first four in The Louisiana Genealogical Register, I was very impressed. The authors were well known and trustworthy and their treatment of old subjects (such as basic research principles) and not so old (setting up a genealogy web site) was generally quite well done. But this one is somewhat different.


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Stevenson, Noel C. Genealogical Evidence: A Guide to the Standard of Proof Relating to Pedigrees, Ancestry, Heirship and Family History.

Rev. ed. Laguna Hills, CA: Aegean Park Press, 1989. 231p., softcover. Index. $18.80 + $5.00 s/h. ISBN 0-89412-159-6.


Stevenson was not only a Fellow of the ASG, he was also an attorney with a national reputation in techniques in cross-examination and evaluation of legal evidence. In this volume, he brings all those skills together to create an authoritative text in the examination and evaluation of legal, historical, and genealogical information, a codification of proper methods. He begins with the application of family research in probate and heirship cases, since that’s where the stuff that we do and what lawyers do most often impinge on one another.


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Knox, Debra Johnson. World War II Military Records: A Family Historian’s Guide.

Spartanburg, SC: MIE Publishing, 2003. 360p., softcover. Index, illus. $23.95. ISBN 1-877639-91-5. (PO Box 17118, Spartanburg, SC 29301 / Web: <>)

Knox is a professional private investigator and the author of two previous and well-regarded books, Find Anyone Fast and How to Locate Anyone Who Is or Has Been in the Military. In this volume, she attempts a comprehensive guide for both the novice and the experienced researcher attempting to discover information on a veteran of the Second World War. (Though the realization that WWII is now not only history but “genealogy” may be a little unsettling to some of us.) Like the author, I’m an army brat, the son a career officer who saw service in three wars as well as several decades of peacetime assignments. And, as an historian, librarian, and archivist, I naturally went looking for what had been omitted or misinterpreted in this volume.


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Clunies, Sandra Maclean. A Family Affair: How to Plan and Direct the Best Family Reunion Ever.

Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 2003. 227p., softcover. Index, illus. $19.99. ISBN 1-4016-0020-4.

Family reunions are not, for many of us, as basic a part of family research as they might be, and books on the subject usually reflect that. If most of your relatives still live within a day’s drive, you probably see them regularly and an annual picnic is almost a routine event, dedicated to introducing new offspring and remembering the recently deceased. If your family is scattered all over the country, as is true of probably a majority of the American population these days, a reunion becomes a special event with a significant outlay in time and money for both planners and attendees, but the activities are still largely the same. But Sandy Clunies, a Certified Genealogist and frequent speaker at the national level, is a very experienced family researcher and past winner of the NGS Family History Writing Contest, so her interest here is primarily in the role of genealogy at the family reunion. How could any attentive researcher pass up the chance to graze among all those memories and experiences brought together for a few days in one place?


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Herber, Mark D. Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History

2d ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 2006. 896p., hardcover. Index, illus, maps. $34.95. ISBN 0-8063-1771-7.

When a new edition appears of a genealogical reference book I have found especially useful, I don’t necessarily, automatically, buy the new edition. If the updated information is primarily new addresses and phone numbers, but the meat of the book has stayed essentially the same, . . . well, one can always look up that sort of thing on the Internet. The first edition of Herber’s fine work — which has already acquired the label “Bible of British genealogy” — appeared in 1997 and ran to 674 pages of extremely thorough discussion of sources for research in Britain. The second edition, published in association with the Society of Genealogists, is fully one-third longer. After paging through it at a conference, I counted up my pennies and bought it. And I haven’t regretted the expense.


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