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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McManus, Stephen. Civil War Research Guide: A Guide for Researching Your Civil War Ancestor.

Mechanicsville, PA: Stackpole Books, 2003.

For many American genealogists, especially for those in the Southern states, and even more especially for relative beginners (i.e., those who haven’t worked back to the colonial era), a frequent early goal is either to identify an ancestor who fought in the Civil War, or to track down a known (or rumored) soldier ancestor of whom little is known other than the name and state of service. For many years, the best how-to book to assist in this quest was Bertram Groene’s Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor, but that’s gone for rather too long without an update, and there are have been number of major changes in research methods for this subject over the past two decades that must be addressed. (more…)

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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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Jones, Henry Z., Jr. Psychic Roots: Serendipity & Intuition in Genealogy.

 

CLASSIC REVIEW

 

Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1993. 236p., softcover. Index, illus. $18.95. ISBN 0-8063-1388-7.

Hank Jones spent twenty years in movies, especially Disney films, and that freed him up later on to pursue his genealogical interests, both as an author and as a well-known national conference speaker — for both of which he received the NGS Award of Merit.

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Stevenson, Noel C. The Genealogical Reader.

New Orleans: Polyanthos, 1977, 1958. 188p., softcover. Index. [Out of Print]

These days, we’re used to finding a dozen or more nationally published genealogical periodicals on the shelves of even a small family history research library, but that’s a phenomenon of only the last generation or so. Until the 1970s, there were only a handful of journals in our field, and unless you subscribed to them personally, you had to travel to a large city’s public library, especially if you wanted to consult back issues.

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Swan, James. The Librarian’s Guide to Genealogical Services and Research.

New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2004. 361p., softcover. Index, illus. $75.00. ISBN 1-55570-491-3.

Working the reference desk in the Genealogy Department of a large public library can be an eye-opening experience. You have to know (or be able to identify) the principal resources for family research that might be very different from your own personal research, often involving regions of the country and ethnic groups with which you have limited experience. You have to be able to instruct beginners in the most basic concepts, often many times each day.

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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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Rising, Marsha Hoffman. The Family Tree Problem Solver: Proven Methods for Scaling the Inevitable Brick Wall.

Cincinnati: Family Tree Books (F&W Publications), 2005. 232p., softcover. Index, illus. $19.99. ISBN 1-55870-685-2.

We all have “brick walls” — those situations in which the courthouse records have disappeared, or no census record can be found, or there are four people with the same common name in the same neighborhood at the same time, not to mention people whom we come to suspect must have landed by flying saucer. After failing to find an obvious solution, the inclination often is to throw up one’s hands and shift attention to an easier branch of the family.

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