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Featured Product: Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian

Evidence Evidence provides the family history researcher with a reliable standard for both the correct form of source citation and the sound analysis of evidence.


The Genealogical Publishing Company raves, "Elizabeth Shown Mills' stunning book, Evidence!, provides the family history researcher with a reliable standard for both the correct form of source citation and the sound analysis of evidence. In successful genealogical research, these two practices are inseparable, and the author's treatment of this little-understood concept is nothing short of brilliant.

This dual-track theme is introduced early on, and is best summed up in a few choice paragraphs from the introduction: Successful research--research that yields correct information with a minimum of wasted time and funds--depends upon a sound analysis of evidence. Source citation is fundamental, but it is not enough. The validity of any piece of evidence cannot be analyzed if its source is unknown. Citing a worthless source is an effort that produces worthless results.

Research, evidence, citation, and analysis are inseparable. Evidence is the vehicle that moves our research from curiosity to reality. Citation and analysis are the twin highways that get us there, smoothly and safely.

Evidence! tries to strip away much of the confusion that researchers experience in this adventure. It offers a road map for beginners, who hope to avoid mistakes, and guideposts for the advanced, who already appreciate the need to map their own course precisely. . . .

Evidence! stems from the belief that most researchers want to do good work. We simply need guidelines and explicit models--ones tailored to genealogy and to the original sources we commonly use but cannot find discussed in The Chicago Manual of Style, the MLA Handbook, or similar manuals aimed at a broader marker.

Hard cover, 124 pages. Small font.


  • Introduction
  • Part 1
    • Fundamentals of citation
    • Fundamentals of analysis
  • Part 2
    • Citation formats
    • Appendixes
    • Sample: documented family group sheet
    • Sample: documented ancestor chart
    • Guidelines for citing credentials
    • Bibliography
    • Index

"Not just every genealogist, but every historian as well, should own a copy. Evidence! is filled with useful information that is difficult to find elsewhere."--Grady McWhiney, Ph.D. Lyndon Baines Johnson Professor Emeritus, Texas Christian University.

"Evidence! provides librarians, archivists and others a manual to hand genealogists as a solid guide, to make research easier for themselves and future readers."--Eric G. Grundset, M.L.S. Director, Daughters of the American Revolution Library; Vice President, National Genealogical Society

"Evidence! is for all of us--the novice, the experienced family historian, and those who come into genealogy from other academic environments. The wide-ranging citation formats cover not only traditional sources but the latest technological ones."--Cameron Allen, J.D. Professor Emeritus of Law, Rutgers University; President, American Society of Genealogists

Editorial Reviews
"In this book, one of America's foremost genealogical scholars has taken on a Herculean task and accomplished it superbly...Elizabeth Mills has provided the best single source for genealogical documentation and a seminal discussion of genealogical analysis. This is a book that every genealogist should be required to own."--THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST, Vol. 73, No. 3 (July 1998), p. 233.

"Evidence!...earns high marks for both cogency of argument and felicity of expression."--THE PENNSYLVANIA GENEALOGICAL MAGAZINE, Vol. 40, No. 3 (Spring/Summer 1998), p. 266.

"The importance of [Mills'] book to every genealogist cannot be understated...we can heartily recommend this book. Every genealogist should own a copy."--THE NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD, Vol. 129, No. 1 (January 1998), p. 53.

"Anyone planning to publish their family history research would do well to study Elizabeth Shown Mills' slim volume thoroughly...Evidence! joins the recent parade of excellent genealogical guides. This book is full of points to be pondered..."--THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER, Vol. 151, No. 604 (October 1997), pp. 488-490.

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Library and Archives Canada and to Digitize Canadian Passenger Lists

All Canadian Passenger Lists from 1865 to 1935 to be Digitized and Indexed

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and, the largest Canadian family history website, will announce at the Ontario Genealogical Society’s (OGS) annual seminar, a strategic partnership to make more resources accessible to Canadians interested in online family research.

Initially, and LAC will focus on indexing the Quebec City passenger lists from 1870 - 1900, which comprise more than 750,000 names. The digital images of these and other passenger lists are already available on the LAC website. The index for Quebec City will be available free of charge on as well as on LAC and will continue to work together to ensure that eventually the entire Canadian passenger list collection from 1865 to 1935, which includes ports in Halifax, St. John, Vancouver, Victoria and North Sydney, is digitized and indexed.

“Family history researchers are important to Library and Archives Canada and the institution is looking to partner with non-profit groups, public institutions and the private sector to offer a better service” said Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. “The announcement represents a new direction for LAC as we embark into public private partnerships. Both organizations are committed to providing Canadians with the tools and resources necessary to find out more about their family histories. This collaboration will allow LAC to provide and improve the resources and services available through LAC’s Canadian Genealogy Centre.”

Canada has a rich heritage of immigration and ethnicities such as French, English, Irish, Scottish, Russian, Italian and Chinese. Passenger list records reveal significant information such as the name, age, country of origin, occupation and destination of each passenger, retelling remarkable stories of sacrifice and success that embody Canada’s immigrant ancestors. The records also account for other travelers such as crew members, vacationers, business people and more.

“We are pleased to be partnering with LAC to provide access to unique historical documents such as the Canadian Passenger Lists,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO, The Generations Network, parent company of “Passenger lists were the official immigration documents in Canada from 1865 to 1935 and are an important piece of the puzzle for those researching their Canadian genealogy.”

In addition to the Canadian passenger list collection, later this year and LAC will also make available border crossings records from the United States to Canada that took place between 1908 and 1935, and other Canadian immigration forms later this year. These additions will add to’s already expansive Canadian Border Crossing Collection, which already includes more than 4 million names of individuals who crossed the Canadian-U.S. border between 1895 and 1956.

Ancestry searching error from within Legacy has recently made changes to the way customers search their site. These changes have effected Legacy's ability to automatically search for a person in their databases. Continue reading for the workaround....

For example, click on the Search menu from within Legacy, then click on Search Internet for Current Person. You can now choose which genealogy web site to search. If is selected, click on the Search button. Normally Legacy would then search Ancestry for the currently-highlighted individual and display the results. Because of the changes made by Ancestry, you will now receive an error message.

Fortunately, Legacy has the ability to create and modify the "search strings" that are used to perform these automated searches. The "" search can easily be modified by following these steps:

Legacy's Research Guidance section also has links to individual databases at For example, on the Preliminary Survey tab, clicking on the Local Histories tab provides an automated listing of local/county histories of the areas in which your ancestor lived. Some of these books are available online. If you click on the Online button for books that are available at Ancestry, you will still be presented with Ancestry's error message. Currently, there is not a way to update the link. However, the book is still available at Ancestry, you will just have to temporarily manually look it up on their site.

If you have any questions about performing automated searches, please don't hesitate to contact our support team. We will continue to work hard to provide a future update that will correct these links, but for those who want the immediate fix, please follow the steps above.