Collection of Lanark County,
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Writing Your Family History,
A Guide for Family Historians
St. Finnan's (R.C.) Parish,
Alexandria, Glengarry County
Baptisms, Burials & Marriages 1836-1945
Ireland, An Alphabetical Index
of Townlands and Towns
A Journey Through
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Writing and Publishing
Your Family History
ScotlandsPeople: The Place to Launch Your Scottish Research
Discover English Parish Registers
Those Splendid Girls, The Heroic
Service of Prince Edward Island
Nurses in the Great War
Record of Essex Couny, Ontario
Searching for Family History Photos:
How to Get ‘em Now!
Gateway to a New World
The Great War, A Guide
to the Service Records of
All the World's Fighting Men
Ontario Newspaper Transcriptions
Birth, Marriage, Death & more
The Basics and Beyond
Laying Children’s Ghosts to Rest:
Canada’s Home Children in the West
The Battle of Fort George
[War of 1812 at Niagara]
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BOOK - Evidence Explained, Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace - Second Edition
By Elizabeth Shown Mills
Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 2010
Following its enthusiastic reception in 2007, this edition of what is now the definitive guide to the citation and analysis of historical sources, provides a guide so thorough that it leaves nothing to chance, whether you want a podcast or a census record. The new second edition of Evidence Explained includes updates to numerous websites, new models for electronic sources such as blogs and online forums, and new model citations to traditional and non-traditional genealogical sources, thus continuing its role as the single-most comprehensive style manual for genealogical writing and publishing.
It begins with a simple question:
As a citation guide, Evidence Explained is built on this simple question and answer.
Why do we invest so much of our energy into the citation of sources?
Followed immediately by the intriguing answer:
Because all sources are not created equal.
According to the author, there are no historical resources we can trust at face value. Records simply offer evidence, and their assertions may or may not be true. To decide what actually happened, we must understand those records. To analyze that evidence and judge what to believe, we also need particular facts about those records.
Thus, Evidence Explained has two principal uses: it provides citation models for most historical sources—especially original materials not covered by classic citation guides such as The Chicago Manual of Style. Beyond that it can help us understand each type of record and identify each in such detail that we and our readers will know not only where to go to find our source, but, equally important, the nature of that source so that the evidence can be better interpreted and the accuracy of our conclusions properly appraised.
Most Importantly Evidence Explained discusses source citations for every known class of records, including microfilm and microfiche, and records created by the new digital media:
- Covers all contemporary and electronic sources not discussed in traditional style manuals, including digital, audio, and video sources
- Explains citation principals and includes more than 1,000 citation models for virtually every source type
- Shows readers where to go to find their sources and how to describe them and evaluate them
- Teaches readers to separate facts from assertions and theory from proof in the evaluation of evidence
Everyone Needs This Book
- Digital books and journals
- Audio files
Read Example Pages From This Book:
About the Author
- Carry it around and consult it for the correct citation of any source you come across
- Keep it constantly at your side to help you identify sources
- Use it to evaluate digital and Internet sources
- Make it your standard for citing sources and evaluating evidence in your day-to-day research
Elizabeth Shown Mills is a historical writer with decades of research experience in public and private records of many Western nations. Published widely in academic and popular presses Mills edited a national-level scholarly journal for sixteen years, taught for thirteen years at a National Archives-based institute on archival records and, for twenty years, has headed a university-based program in advanced research methodology. Mills knows records, loves records, and regularly shares her expertise in them with live and media audiences across three continents.
Pages: 885 pp.
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Canadian Battlefields 1915-18
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Counting Canada, A Genealogical
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Destination Canada, A Genealogical Guide to Immigration Records
Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada Before Confederation
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Annotated Roll of
Butler's Rangers 1777- 1784
Les Filles du roi
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Ignored but Not Forgotten,
Canada's English Immigrants
Necessaries & Sufficiencies,
Planter Society in Londonderry,
Onslow & Truro Townships 1761-1780
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