At the recent National Genealogical Society’s 2012 annual conference I was lucky enough to attend one of Elizabeth Shown Mills’s classes. But only one. Why?
First let me point out that she has published a website for her book, Evidence Explained. You can find it at
I think the website fulfills three purposes:
1. It allows perspective buyers an opportunity to evaluate the contents of the book. The website contains
- Book Contents – A table of contents or outline of the book with links to sample pages and QuickCheck models
- Sample Text Pages – A convenient list of all the sample pages in the previous section
- Sample QuickCheck Models – A convenient list of all the QuickCheck models
2. It allows perspective buyers to purchase an e-book version of Evidence Explained or Evidence Quick Sheets.
- FAQ – The answers to common questions for those wishing to purchase e-book or Quick Sheets.
- Book Store – A place where buyers can purchase these publications
3. It gives book owners—and everyone else, really—a place to learn more about citations.
- Forums – A place to discuss, ask, and answer questions about citations.
- QuickLessons – A growing body of articles about evidence analysis and citations.
The last item is particularly easy to overlook, and a particularly good educational opportunity.
Facebook users will want to follow https://www.facebook.com/evidenceexplained, the associated Facebook page.
In case I haven’t mentioned it yet, another education opportunity offered by Mills is her website, Historic Pathways at http://historicpathways.com/. Mills has reproduced here many of her articles. A couple of the most often cited are about evidence analysis and usage.
Why did I attend only one of Mill’s NGS classes? Attendees lined up for her classes three abreast in a line snaking 100s of feet through the halls of the convention center. Do yourself a favor (besides coming to next year’s NGS conference in Las Vegas). Make use of these free, educational opportunities.