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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 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

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Publications

Articles

  • "Academia vs. Genealogy: Prospects for Reconciliation and Progress," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 71 (1983):99-106.
  • "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.
  • "The Genealogist's Assessment of Alex Haley's Roots," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 72 (1984):35-49. (with Gary B. Mills)
  • "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)
  • "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.

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)

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