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*"Academia vs. Genealogy: Prospects for Reconciliation and Progress," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 71 (1983):99-106.<br>  
 
*"Academia vs. Genealogy: Prospects for Reconciliation and Progress," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 71 (1983):99-106.<br>  
*"Analyzing Deeds for Useful Clues," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 1 (Jan. 1995):8. Digital version at Board for Certification of Genealogists.
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*"Analyzing and Reviewing Published Sources," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 3 (May 1997):16. Digital version at [http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/skbld975.html BCG website].
*"Analyzing Wills for Useful Clues," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 1 (May 1995):16. Digital version at Board for Certification of Genealogists.
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*"Analyzing Deeds for Useful Clues," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 1 (Jan. 1995):8. Digital version at [http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/skbld951.html BCG website].  
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*"Analyzing Wills for Useful Clues," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 1 (May 1995):16. Digital version at [http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/skbld955.html BCG website].  
 
*"Applying the Preponderance-of-the-Evidence Principle to a Southern Frontier Problem: William Medders of Alabama," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 82 (1994):32-49.<br>  
 
*"Applying the Preponderance-of-the-Evidence Principle to a Southern Frontier Problem: William Medders of Alabama," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 82 (1994):32-49.<br>  
*"Citing Your Sources," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 1 (Sep. 1995):24.
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*"Censuses - Often-Overlooked Basics," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 4 (Jan. 1998):8. Digital version at [http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/skbld981.html BCG website].
*"The Genealogist's Assessment of Alex Haley's ''Roots''," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 72 (1984):35-49. (with Gary B. Mills)<br>
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*"Citing Your Sources," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 1 (Sep. 1995):24. Digital version at [http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/skbld959.html BCG website].<br>
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*"The Genealogist's Assessment of Alex Haley's ''Roots''," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 72 (1984):35-49. (with Gary B. Mills)
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*"Good Genealogical Writing," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 4 (Jan. 1998):16. Digital version at [http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/skbld985.html BCG website].
 
*"Guidelines for Responsible Editing in Genealogy," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 84 (1996):48-49. (with Gary B. Mills, Jane Fletcher Fiske, David L. Greene, Robert Charles Anderson, Henry B. Hoff, Harry Macy Jr., and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking)<br>  
 
*"Guidelines for Responsible Editing in Genealogy," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 84 (1996):48-49. (with Gary B. Mills, Jane Fletcher Fiske, David L. Greene, Robert Charles Anderson, Henry B. Hoff, Harry Macy Jr., and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking)<br>  
*"Producing Quality Research Notes," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 3 (Jan. 1997):8.
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*"Producing Quality Research Notes," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 3 (Jan. 1997):8. Digital version at [http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/skbld971.html BCG website].<br>
 
*"In Search for 'Mr. Ball': An Exercise in Finding Fathers," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 80 (1992):115-133. (with Sharon Sholars Brown)<br>  
 
*"In Search for 'Mr. Ball': An Exercise in Finding Fathers," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 80 (1992):115-133. (with Sharon Sholars Brown)<br>  
 
*"The Search for Margaret Ball: Building Steps Over a Brick-Wall Research Problem," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 77 (1989):43-65.<br>  
 
*"The Search for Margaret Ball: Building Steps Over a Brick-Wall Research Problem," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 77 (1989):43-65.<br>  
 
*"Slaves and Masters: The Louisiana Metoyers," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 70 (1982):163-189. (with Gary B. Mills)<br>  
 
*"Slaves and Masters: The Louisiana Metoyers," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 70 (1982):163-189. (with Gary B. Mills)<br>  
 
*"Spanish Records: Locating Anglo and Latin Ancestry in the Colonial Southwest," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 73 (1985):243-261.<br>  
 
*"Spanish Records: Locating Anglo and Latin Ancestry in the Colonial Southwest," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 73 (1985):243-261.<br>  
*"Transcribing Source Materials," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 2 (Jan. 1996):8.
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*"Transcribing Source Materials," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 2 (Jan. 1996):8. Digital version at [http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/skbld961.html BCG website].
  
 
=== Books<br>  ===
 
=== Books<br>  ===

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Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA has been recognized as "the genealogist who has had the greatest impact on American genealogy in the post-Roots era." Mills edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly for 16 years.

In her instruction, Mills stresses the importance of the Genealogical Proof Standard. She points out that the significance of not only searching records for an ancestor's surname, but also paying attention to documents about the ancestor's "FAN Club" (Friends, Associates, Neighbors). Learning more about these individuals is a great way to discover new information about your direct lineage, as these people are often listed together in deeds, wills, court cases, road orders, etc., which will help you build a stronger case about relationships in your direct family.

She has published many Catholic parish registers from Louisiana and Mississippi created during French rule.

A partial resume includes:

  • Editor, National Genealogical Society Quarterly (16 years)
  • President, The American Society of Genealogists
  • President, Board for Certification of Genealogists
  • Faculty, Samford University Library Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research
  • Faculty, National Institute on Genealogical Research

Contents

Publications

Articles

  • "Academia vs. Genealogy: Prospects for Reconciliation and Progress," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 71 (1983):99-106.
  • "Analyzing and Reviewing Published Sources," OnBoard, Vol. 3 (May 1997):16. Digital version at BCG website.
  • "Analyzing Deeds for Useful Clues," OnBoard, Vol. 1 (Jan. 1995):8. Digital version at BCG website.
  • "Analyzing Wills for Useful Clues," OnBoard, Vol. 1 (May 1995):16. Digital version at BCG website.
  • "Applying the Preponderance-of-the-Evidence Principle to a Southern Frontier Problem: William Medders of Alabama," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 82 (1994):32-49.
  • "Censuses - Often-Overlooked Basics," OnBoard, Vol. 4 (Jan. 1998):8. Digital version at BCG website.
  • "Citing Your Sources," OnBoard, Vol. 1 (Sep. 1995):24. Digital version at BCG website.
  • "The Genealogist's Assessment of Alex Haley's Roots," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 72 (1984):35-49. (with Gary B. Mills)
  • "Good Genealogical Writing," OnBoard, Vol. 4 (Jan. 1998):16. Digital version at BCG website.
  • "Guidelines for Responsible Editing in Genealogy," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 84 (1996):48-49. (with Gary B. Mills, Jane Fletcher Fiske, David L. Greene, Robert Charles Anderson, Henry B. Hoff, Harry Macy Jr., and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking)
  • "Producing Quality Research Notes," OnBoard, Vol. 3 (Jan. 1997):8. Digital version at BCG website.
  • "In Search for 'Mr. Ball': An Exercise in Finding Fathers," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 80 (1992):115-133. (with Sharon Sholars Brown)
  • "The Search for Margaret Ball: Building Steps Over a Brick-Wall Research Problem," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 77 (1989):43-65.
  • "Slaves and Masters: The Louisiana Metoyers," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 70 (1982):163-189. (with Gary B. Mills)
  • "Spanish Records: Locating Anglo and Latin Ancestry in the Colonial Southwest," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 73 (1985):243-261.
  • "Transcribing Source Materials," OnBoard, Vol. 2 (Jan. 1996):8. Digital version at BCG website.

Books

  • Evidence!: Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997. FHL Book 929.1 M625e.
  • Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2009. FHL Book 929.1 M625ee 2009.
  • Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001. FHL Book 929.1 P942m. (with Donn Devine, James L. Hansen, and Helen F.M. Leary)

Websites