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Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 654 pages
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806316489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806316482
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Shown Mills is an internationally acclaimed historical researcher and writer who has spent her life studying American culture and the relationships between people--emotional as well as genetic. Featured on BBC, CNN, PBS, and other networks in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, she has guest-blogged for the NEW YORK TIMES and has been widely cited as "the genealogist who has had the most influence in the post-Roots era."

Her 13 prize-winning books range from reference works such as "Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace" (Library Journal 2007 Best Reference) to the historical novel, "Isle of Canes," which chronicles a family of freed slaves across four generations, and is drawn from Mills's own research in the archives of six nations.

Her latest work is the greatly enlarged, revised edition of the Louisiana State University Press classic, THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE: CANE RIVER'S CREOLES OF COLOR.

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This comprehensive manual for professional genealogists is a "must have" for any serious genealogical researcher. Each chapter, which contains sections written by 23 professional genealogists, covers a different aspect of using professional skills to produce quality work. The topics covered include every aspect of professional genealogy, from legalities and ethics, to education, research, compiling research reports, and publishing. Although the manual is intended for professional genealogists, I would strongly recommend it to every hobbyist. There are chapters which are obviously more useful to the professional, such as, "Career Management", but most of the topics simply pertain to producing quality work, and would benefit the serious hobbyist. With 654 pages, it covers the same amount of material as several "lighter" books. It would be hard to imagine a question that is not covered by this manual, which is destined to become the standard in this field.
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You don't have to be a professional to benefit immensely from Professional Genealogy. I purchased this book when I first began offering my services as a professional researcher, and wished I had acquired it sooner.
The book is filled with useful information for professional and hobbyist alike, such as tips on building a library of "essential texts" (including an extensive list of resources for ethnic research), samples of research reports and guidelines for proper reporting, steps for determining the validity of a document, as well as the validity of published research...the list goes on.
Each chapter has been created by a different expert in the field of genealogy, it is well cited, and gives a list of further recommended reading.
I used this text everyday as I was developing my company, and it walked me through the complicated process of writing business plans, creating and executing contracts, organizing, filing, and marketing. This is the perfect gift for the aspiring professional, or anyone who is serious about genealogical research.
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Ably edited by Elizabeth Mills, Professional Genealogy: A Manual For Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, And Librarians is a core title for any private or professional genealogical reference book collection. Family historians wanting to do independent study, genealogy students needed to familiarize themselves with research standards and resources, professionals in search of benchmarks against which to measure their skills and expertise, will find Professional Genealogy to be an expansive (680 pages) encyclopedia text and indexed reference of immense practical value in the field of genealogical research and recording.
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This book was a splurge for me, but one that I can definitely say was well worth it! I thought I knew quite a bit about genealogy research, but this book has taught me so much more. Each chapter is written by a professional genealogist who specializes in the topic. While some chapters are geared towards genealogists starting their own research business, most are helpful to all genealogists. Lots of excellent examples of proper research methods and techniques.
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Professional Genealogy is exactly as it is advertised, a manual or guidebook for professional genealogists, or professional wannabees.
It is not meant for the casual hobbyist. However, the hobbyist who wants to learn what standards professionals should live by, or want to raise their own work to a professional level would be well-advised to read this book. It is on my shelf, because I like to aspire to professional standards even if I never make a business at being a professional genealogist.
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I recommend "Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians" as a first reading for someone considering setting up a genealogist practice, or for someone preparing for genealogist certification.

Provides practical information on a variety of important fronts. Chapters written by outstanding professionals, and very readable. It is a hefty hardback, quite comprehensive in scope, and well worth the price.

Even if you have been a professional genealogist for a few years, as I have, "Professional Genealogy" is a benefit.
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I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library as I have been exploring the possibility of self-employment in this field. I found a LOT of good ideas that I had never thought of before!!!!

Once I can afford to, I plan to purchase a copy of this book so I can refer to it INDEFINITELY!!!!
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This book has been on my wish list for nearly ten years. I first borrowed this gorgeous book from the local library...two months later they phoned me to tell me that I had to return it immediately so others could share in it's knowledge.

That's what is in this tome...knowledge and lots of it. I've been doing genealogy for over 40yrs and I think if it's not in this then it's not worth worrying about.

The only downside is that it doesn't have a lot on the internet, but that's ok, because at the end of the day, you need a good foundation on the basics in family history genealogy and this is the book for that!

It covers all the things that you need to know about going into business as a Family Historian/Genealogist - covering contracts, business planning, research, evidence analysis, family histories, proofing, indexing & editing, book reviews and classroom teaching.

In all a well rounded overview of everything you would want to consider to become a Genealogist!
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