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Stefani Evans

Stefani Evans

Thank you, fellow genealogist Linda T. Alexander, for your suggestion for a bibliographical column of genealogical references. Following is a selection of some useful reference works on various genealogical topics.

  • Black, Henry Campbell. "Black's Law Dictionary." De Luxe fourth edition. St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing Co., 1951.
  • Board for Certification of Genealogists. "The BCG Application Guide." Washington, D.C.: Board for Certification of Genealogists, 2007.
  • "The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual." Millennium edition. Washington, D.C.: Board for Certification of Genealogists, 2000.
  • Brigham, Clarence S. "History and Bibliography of American Newspapers 1690-1820." Two volumes. Worcester, Mass.: American Antiquarian Society, 1947.
  • Brundage, Anthony. "Going to the Sources: A guide to historical research and writing." 1989. Fourth edition. Wheeling, Ill.: Harlan Davidson Inc., 2008.
  • Curran, Joan Ferris, and Madilyn Coen Crane and John H. Wray. "Numbering Your Genealogy: Basic systems, complex families, and international kin." Arlington, Va.: National Genealogical Society, 1999.
  • Danky, James P., ed., and Maureen E. Hady. "African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A national bibliography." Cambridge, Mass., and London: Harvard University Press, 1998.
  • Hinckley, Kathleen W. "Your Guide to the Federal Census: for genealogists, researchers, and family historians." Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2002.
  • Hone, E. Wade. "Land & Property Research in the United States." Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1997.
  • McClure, Rhonda R. "The Genealogist's Computer Companion." Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2002.
  • "Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary." Eleventh edition. Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 2003. Also available online at and as a DC-ROM.
  • Mills, Elizabeth Shown, ed. "Professional Genealogy: A manual for researchers, writers, editors, lecturers and librarians." Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001.
  • Mills, Elizabeth Shown. "Evidence! Citation & analysis for the family historian." Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997.
  • "Evidence Analysis — A Research Process Map." Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2006.
  • "Evidence Explained: Citing history sources from artifacts to cyberspace." Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2007.
  • Mokotoff, Gary, and Sallyann Amdur Sack with Alexander Sharon. "Where Once We Walked: A guide to the Jewish communities destroyed in the Holocaust." 1991. Revised Edition. Bergenfield, N.J.: Avotaynu Inc., 2002.
  • Rodale, J. I. "The Synonym Finder." Completely Revised. n.d. Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale Press, 1978.
  • Rose, Christine. "Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a solid case." San Jose, Calif.: CR Publications, 2005.
  • Sommer, Barbara W., and Mary Kay Quinlan. "The Oral History Manual." Walnut Creek, Calif.: Alta Mira Press, 2002.
  • Sperry, Kip. "Reading Early American Handwriting." 1998. Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002.
  • Stemmons, John "D", comp. "The United States Census Compendium: A directory of census records, tax lists, poll lists, petitions, directories, etc., which can be used as a census." Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers Inc., 1973.
  • Strunk, William, and E. B. White. "The Elements of Style." 1935. Fourth edition. Needham Heights, Mass.: Allyn & Bacon, 2000.
  • Szucs, Loretto Dennis. "They Became Americans: Finding naturalization records and ethnic origins." Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1997.
  • • Taylor, Maureen. "Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs: How to identify, interpret and preserve your family's visual heritage." Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2000.
  • Thorndale, William, and William Dollarhide. "Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses 1790-1920." Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987.
  • Turabian, Kate L. "A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations." Seventh edition. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2007.
  • United States Department of Commerce. "200 Years of U.S. Census Taking: Population and housing questions 1790-1990." 1989. Reprint, Orting, Wash.: Heritage Quest, 1992.
  • University of Chicago. "Chicago Manual of Style." Fifteenth edition. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Stefani Evans is a board-certified genealogist and a volunteer at the Regional Family History Center. She can be reached c/o the Home News, 2360 Corporate Circle, Third Floor, Henderson, NV 89074, or [email protected].

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