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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].  
 
*"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>  
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*"Assimilation? Or Marginalization and Discrimination? Romani Settlers of the Colonial Gulf (Christophe Clan).” Elizabeth Shown Mills, ''Historic Pathways''. 2011. Digital version at [http://www.historicpathways.com/articles.html Historic Pathways].<br>
 
*"Censuses - Often-Overlooked Basics," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 4 (Jan. 1998):8. Digital version at [http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/skbld981.html BCG website].  
 
*"Censuses - Often-Overlooked Basics," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 4 (Jan. 1998):8. Digital version at [http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/skbld981.html BCG website].  
 
*"Citing Your Sources," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 1 (Sep. 1995):24. Digital version at [http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/skbld959.html BCG website].<br>  
 
*"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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*"Producing Quality Research Notes," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 3 (Jan. 1997):8. Digital version at [http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/skbld971.html BCG website].<br>  
 
*"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>  
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*“''Isle of Canes'' and Issues of Conscience: Master-Slave Sexual Dynamics and Slaveholding by Free People of Color.” ''Between Two Worlds: A Special Issue of The Southern Quarterly: A Journal of the Arts in the South'', Vol. 43 (Winter 2006): 158–75. Digital image. Elizabeth Shown Mills, ''Historic Pathways''. Accessed 27 December 2011. Digital version at [http://www.historicpathways.com/articles.html Historic Pathways].<br>
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*“Missionaries Compromised: Early Evangelization of Slaves and Free People of Color in North Louisiana.” Glenn R. Conrad, ed. ''Cross, Crozier, and Crucible: A Volume Celebrating the Bicentennial of a Catholic Diocese in Louisiana''. Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1993. Digital image. Elizabeth Shown Mills, ''Historic Pathways''. Accessed 27 December 2011. Digital version at [http://www.historicpathways.com/articles.html Historic Pathways]. (with Gary B. Mills)<br>
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*“Quintanilla’s Crusade, 1775–1803: ‘Moral Reform’ and Its Consequences on the Natchitoches Frontier.” ''Louisiana History'' 42 (Summer 2001): 277–302. Digital image. Elizabeth Shown Mills, ''Historic Pathways''. Accessed 27 December 2011. Digital version at [http://www.historicpathways.com/articles.html Historic Pathways].<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>  
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*“Social and Family Patterns on the Colonial Louisiana Frontier,” ''Sociological Spectrum'' 2 (1982): 233–48. Digital image. Elizabeth Shown Mills, ''Historic Pathways''. Accessed 27 December 2011. Digital version at [http://www.historicpathways.com/articles.html Historic Pathways].<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. Digital version at [http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/skbld961.html BCG website].
 
*"Transcribing Source Materials," ''OnBoard'', Vol. 2 (Jan. 1996):8. Digital version at [http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/skbld961.html BCG website].
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=== Theses<br> ===
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*“Family and Social Patterns of the Colonial Louisiana Frontier: A Quantitative Analysis, 1714–1803.” New College Honors Thesis, University of Alabama, 1981. x, 231 pp. Digital image. Elizabeth Shown Mills, ''Historic Pathways''. Accessed 27 December 2011. Digital version at [http://www.historicpathways.com/articles.html Historic Pathways].<br>
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=== 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 has sought to establish conventions for citing genealogical sources. She points out 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 the period of 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.
  • "Assimilation? Or Marginalization and Discrimination? Romani Settlers of the Colonial Gulf (Christophe Clan).” Elizabeth Shown Mills, Historic Pathways. 2011. Digital version at Historic Pathways.
  • "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)
  • Isle of Canes and Issues of Conscience: Master-Slave Sexual Dynamics and Slaveholding by Free People of Color.” Between Two Worlds: A Special Issue of The Southern Quarterly: A Journal of the Arts in the South, Vol. 43 (Winter 2006): 158–75. Digital image. Elizabeth Shown Mills, Historic Pathways. Accessed 27 December 2011. Digital version at Historic Pathways.
  • “Missionaries Compromised: Early Evangelization of Slaves and Free People of Color in North Louisiana.” Glenn R. Conrad, ed. Cross, Crozier, and Crucible: A Volume Celebrating the Bicentennial of a Catholic Diocese in Louisiana. Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1993. Digital image. Elizabeth Shown Mills, Historic Pathways. Accessed 27 December 2011. Digital version at Historic Pathways. (with Gary B. Mills)
  • “Quintanilla’s Crusade, 1775–1803: ‘Moral Reform’ and Its Consequences on the Natchitoches Frontier.” Louisiana History 42 (Summer 2001): 277–302. Digital image. Elizabeth Shown Mills, Historic Pathways. Accessed 27 December 2011. Digital version at Historic Pathways.
  • "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)
  • “Social and Family Patterns on the Colonial Louisiana Frontier,” Sociological Spectrum 2 (1982): 233–48. Digital image. Elizabeth Shown Mills, Historic Pathways. Accessed 27 December 2011. Digital version at Historic Pathways.
  • "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.

Theses

  • “Family and Social Patterns of the Colonial Louisiana Frontier: A Quantitative Analysis, 1714–1803.” New College Honors Thesis, University of Alabama, 1981. x, 231 pp. Digital image. Elizabeth Shown Mills, Historic Pathways. Accessed 27 December 2011. Digital version at Historic Pathways.


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)

Videos

The following videos are available in the members' section of the National Genealogical Society website:

  • Genealogy Is History, Up Close and Personal
  • The Importance of NGS (free)
  • Family Traditions: My Choctaw Princess
  • We Are All Cousins
  • The Search

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