Readers here at GeneaBloggers already know that I am a big Elizabeth Shown Mills fan and I especially love the various QuickSheets she has produced for Genealogical Publishing Company. And while I don’t often have the opportunity to use African-American resources unless I am working on research for one of my clients, I jumped at the opportunity to review QuickSheet: Citing Online African-American Historical Resources.
Mills offers the basics of how to use sources, the types of sources and why properly citing sources is so important to reconstructing history. The formats offered in brief are the same ones offered up in detail in Mills’ Evidence Explained.
Basic Template: Databases
For me, the visual “break down” of the citation components has always been helpful. It reminds me of diagramming sentences in English class (hey I was an English language geek and stillam!). Knowing each of these parts and how they work is essential to understanding the difference between a Source List Entry, a First or Full Reference Note and a Subsequent or Short Reference Note.
Models for Common Resources
This section makes up the majority of the four pages in the QuickSheet and includes columns for Source List Entry, Full Reference Note and Short Reference Note formats.
The resources covered are essential to online searching for African-American ancestors and they include:
- Blogs (the blogs used as examples are Lowcountry Africana Blog and The Family Griot)
- Census Databases
- Census Images
- Freedman’s Bureau Records
- Military Records
- Slave Manifests
- Slave Narratives
- SCC Files (Southern Claims Commission)
In addition, for Census Databases and Census Images, Mills makes sure to use a variety of sources including FamilySearch, Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest.
Surprisingly, I did notice several typographical errors which were unsettling, including the use of the word “bogger” twice which may be due to spell check or some other issues.
Quicksheet – Citing Online African-American Historical Resources is another “must have” resource for the serious genealogist. All of the quicksheets produced by Elizabeth Shown Mills are handy, laminated, bi-fold reference cards that are easy-to-use. And when they aren’t sitting on my bookshelf, they are in my backpack during genealogy research trips!
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