References and Further Reading for Professional Genealogists (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.
Be A Genealogy Columnist. International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, 1997.
Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. The Genealogist’s Address Book. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 5th edition 2005.
Black, Henry Campbell. Black’s Law Dictionary: Definitions of the Terms and Phrases of American and English Jurisprudence, Ancient and Modern. 6th edition. St. Paul: West Publishing Co., 1990.
Board for Certification of Genealogists. The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. Orem, Utah: Ancestry® Publishing, 2000.
The Canadian Style, A Guide to Writing and Editing. Revised. Toronto: Dundern Press and Ministry of Public Works and Government Services, 1997.
Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. Carmack’s Guide to Copyright and Contracts: A Primer for Genealogists, Writers, and Researchers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2005.
Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. You Can Write Your Family History. Cincinatti, Ohio: Betterway Books, 2005.
The Chicago Manual of Style. 14th edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.
Clifford, Karen. Becoming An Accredited Genealogist. Orem, Utah: Ancestry, Inc., 1998.
Costello, Margaret F. and Jane Fletcher Fiske. Guidelines for Genealogical Writing. Boston: The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1990.
Curran, Joan F., Madilyn Coen Crane and John H. Wray. Numbering Your Genealogy, Basic Systems, Complex Families and International Kin. Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society (Special Publication No. 64), 1999.
Dickinson, Gary. Teaching Adults: A Handbook for Instructors. Toronto: New Press, 1973.
Drake, Paul. What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms, Old and New. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2003.
Dryden, Jean. Demystifying Copyright, A Researcher’s Guide to Copyright in Canadian Libraries and Archives. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association, 2001.
Evidence: A Special Issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Vol. 87 (September 1999).
Family History Library. Preparing A Family History and Hiring A Professional Genealogist. Online Resource Guides available on the FamilySearch Wiki
Ferner, Jack D. Successful Time Management: A Self-Teaching Guide. New York: Wiley, 1995.
Fishman, Stephen. Consultant and Independent Contractor Agreements. 5th edition. Berkeley, California: Nolo Press, 1999.
Fishman, Stephen. The Copyright Handbook: How to Protect and Use Written Works. Berkeley, California, Nolo Press, 1999.
Fitzhugh, Terrick. (editor Susan Lumas). Dictionary of Genealogy. Alphabooks, 1994.
Fitzpatrick, Colleen. Forensic Genealogy. Fountain Valley, California: Rice Books, 2005.
Hatcher, Patricia Law. Producing A Quality Family History. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1996.
Jacobus, Donald Lines. Genealogy as Pastime and Profession. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1987; reprint of revised 1930 edition.
Kramer, Felix and Maggie Lavaas. Desktop Publishing Success: How to Start and Run a Desktop Publishing Business. Homewood, Illinois: Business One Irvin, 1991.
Lackey, Richard S. Cite Your Sources: A Manual for Documenting Family Histories and Genealogical Records. University of Mississippi, reprint 1985.
Lackey, Richard and Donald R. Barnes. Write It Right: A Manual for Writing Family Histories and Genealogies. 2nd edition. Ocala, Florida: Hearthside Press, 1988.
Langman, Robert R. and Jimmy B. Parker. 30 Seconds: A Guide to Organizing Your Genealogy Files. Utah: Heritage Knights, 2001.
McLaughlin, Eve. Simple Latin for Family Historians. Federation of Family History Societies, n/d.
Merriman, Brenda Dougall. About Genealogical Standards of Evidence, A Guide For Genealogists. 2nd edition. Toronto: The Ontario Genealogical Society, 2004.
Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1997.
Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2009.
Mills, Elizabeth Shown, editor. Professional Genealogy, A Manual For Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2001.
Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence! QuickSheet. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2005.
Poynter, Dan. The Self-Publishing Manual: How To Write, Print, and Sell Your Own Books. Santa Barbara: Para Publishing, 2000.
Putting Family History Into Context: A Special Issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Vol. 88 (December 2000).
Rampolla, Mary Lynn. A Pocket Guide to Writing in History. St. Martin’s Press, 2004.
Ries, Al and Laura Ries. The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding: How to Build a Product or Service into a World-Class Brand. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1998.
Rising, Marsha Hoffman. The Family Tree Problem Solver: Proven Methods For Scaling the Inevitable Brick Wall. Cincinnati: Family Tree Books, c2004.
Rose, Christine. Genealogical Proof Standard, Building A Solid Case. San Jose, California: Rose Family Association, 2001.
Savin, Alan. DNA For Family Historians. England: Federation of Family History Societies, 2000.
Shawker, Thomas H. Unlocking Your Genetic History: A Step-By-Step Guide to Discovering Your Family’s Medical and Genetic Heritage. National Genealogical Society, Guide no. 6.
Small Business Handbook: Laws, Regulations, and Technical Assistance Services. Washington: U.S. Department of Labor, 1993.
Sperry, Kip. Reading Early American Handwriting. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., reprint 1999.
Titford, John. Succeeding in Family History. England: Countryside Books, 2001.
Titford, John. Writing Up Your Family History. England: Countryside Books, 2003.
Warren, Paula Stuart and James W, Warren. Your Guide to the Family History Library. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2001.
Webb, Clifford. Dates and Calendar for the Genealogist. London: Society of Genealogists, 1989.
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