Elizabeth Shown Mills

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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."


In her lectures, Mills stresses the importance of not only searching records for an ancestor's surname, but also paying attention to documents concerning the ancestor's "FAN Club" (Friends, Associates, Neighbors). Learning more about these individuals is a great way to discover more about your direct lineage, as they will often be listed together in deeds, wills, road orders, etc., which will help you build a stronger case about the relationships among your direct family.



A partial resume includes:

  • Editor, National Genealogical Society Quarterly
  • 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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