Essential Reference Books for Family History Research Source Work.

Verification is one of the most important steps in Family History Research. In order to verify, you need to be able to use credible sources and to reference such evidence. Such source examples are listed here and are essential in your journey of writing up family history research.

Family History Research is complex and involves detailed referencing. Such referencing requires Best Practice approaches. How you reference ensures that others will be able to verify your findings and find your sources and proof. More importantly it shows that your research is trustworthy. The following is our recommendations for your research journey. "Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills is the definitive guide to the citation and analysis of historical sources--a guide so thorough that it leaves nothing to chance. While countless websites now suggest ways to identify their offerings, few of those address the analytical needs of a researcher concerned with the nature and provenance of web material, whose numerous incarnations and transformations often affect the reliability of their content.

In the two years since the Third Edition was published, changes at major repositories and online information providers--as well as the ever-evolving electronic world--have generated new citation and analysis challenges for researchers. As a consequence, Mrs. Mills has once again revised her citation models and added descriptions and evaluations of numerous contemporary materials not included in the original Third Edition."

Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians  also authored by Elizabeth Shown Mills addresses the needs of Professional Genealogy and this is an essential guide to solving issues that arise in Professional Genealogy. It bridges the gap between amateur genealogy and the beginning of the journey into Professional Genealogy.