Professional Genealogy Reference List (National Institute)
The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started, Methodology - Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding, Methodology - Part 3: More Strategies, Methodology - Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording, Methodology - Part 5: How To Prove It, and Methodology - Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice by Louise St Denis, Brenda Dougall Merriman and Dr. Penelope Christensen. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).
Australian Government Publishing Service. Style Manual For Authors, Editors and Printers. Sixth edition. Australia: John Wiley and Sons, Australia Ltd., 2002.
The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. Provo, Utah: Ancestry, Inc., 2000.
The Canadian Style, a Guide to Writing and Editing. Revised edition. Toronto: Dundurn Press and Public Works/Government Services Canada, 1997.
The Chicago Manual of Style. 15th edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.
Lackey, Richard, and Donald A Barnes. Write It Right, a Manual for Writing Family Histories and Genealogies. Hearthside Press, 1988.
Merriman, Brenda Dougall. Genealogical Standards of Evidence: A Guide for Family Historians. Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 2010.
Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.
Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2009.
Mills, Elizabeth Shown Mills, ed. Professional Genealogy, a Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2001. (Especially the chapter on Research Reports)
Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ) regularly publishes articles of applied skills and technology for its members. Also, we always recommend the journals of the older, established genealogy societies in the United States (and many newer ones are quickly following suit!) because of their commitment to excellence in examples of methodology and problem-solving articles. We wish we could recommend similar journals in other countries, but Britain and Canada have yet to follow suit on a regular basis.
On a very practical level, the following articles were published in OnBoard (newsletter of the Board for Certification of Genealogists). Those marked with an asterisk * can also be viewed in the Skillbuilding series posted on the BCG website, among others. OnBoard is published three times per year, and can be ordered as a subscription for $15.00 from:
- Board for Certification of Genealogists
P.O. Box 14291
Washington, DC 20044
Crow, Amy Johnson. “Citations on the Source,” OnBoard, May 2000. *
Fleming, Ann Carter. “Details, Details: The Value of Style Guides and Style Sheets,” OnBoard, January 2004.
Freilich, Kay Haviland. “Polishing Our Everyday Writing,” OnBoard, September 1998. *
Haines, Jeffrey L. “Producing Quality Reports,” OnBoard, May 2005.
Leary, Helen F.M. “Reporting Standards: Client Research vs. Personal Research,” OnBoard, May 1998.
Mills, Elizabeth Shown. “Your Research Report,” OnBoard, May 1996.
Mills, Elizabeth Shown. “Producing Quality Research Notes,” OnBoard, January 1997. *
Mills, Elizabeth Shown. “Good Genealogical Writing,” OnBoard, May 1998. *
Norris, Rhonda S. “Preparing Research Reports (Accurately and Clearly),” OnBoard, January 2001.
Many conference lectures and online webinars are made available for purchase. JAMB Tapes is one company that has recorded a number of lectures at conferences held by the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Ohio State Genealogical Society, and the Southern California Genealogical Society. The recordings are available for purchase at JAMB.
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