More about Evidence Explained

 

History is not just a collection of documents—and all records are not created equal. To analyze and decide what to believe, we also need certain facts about the records themselves.

The author

 

“Historians will welcome the publication of this detailed guide to citations. Even avid users of The Chicago Manual of Style regularly encounter sources for which that handbook gives no guidance. Now we can turn to Elizabeth Shown Mills’s comprehensive work.”

Journal of Southern History

 

“The definitive guide for how to cite every conceivable kind of source a historican might use, from traditional archival materials to digital media to the most arcane sources imaginable. This volume will be indispensable to every serious scholar, writer, and editor.”

—John B. Boles, William P. Hobby Professor of History, Rice University

 

“Technology confronts historians and students with a bewildering proliferation of information—some of it accurate and too much of it dubious. In Evidence Explained, Mills demonstrates how to separate the wheat from the chaff. . . . This encyclopedic guidebook is an invalulable resource for historians, students and editors alike.”

—Jon Kukla, presidential historian

 

“A key resource guide for scholars and serious researchers who must rely upon and understand historical evidence. Highly recommended.”

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How to cite Evidence Explained

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Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Revised edition.

Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2009.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, rev. ed.

(Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2009), [specific page no.]

Subsequent Note

Mills, Evidence Explained, [specific page]

Where to find

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How to cite Professional Genealogy

 

Source List Entry (Bibliography)

Mills, Elizabeth Shown, ed. Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and

Librarians. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001.

Or

Leary, Helen F. M. “Problem Analyses and Research Plans.” Chapter 15. Elizabeth Shown Mills, ed. Professional

Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians. Baltimore:

Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, ed., Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers,

and Librarians (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001), [specific page no.].

Or

Helen F. M. Leary, “Problem Analyses and Research Plans,” chap. 15, Elizabeth Shown Mills, ed.,

Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001), 261–90, specifically ___ [specific page].

Subsequent Note

Leary, “Problem Analyses and Research Plans,” [specific page].

Where to find:

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How to cite Evidence!

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Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian. Baltimore: Genealogical

Publishing Co., 1997.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills.  Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian

(Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997), [specific page no.]

Subsequent Note

Mills, Evidence!, [specific page]

Where to find:

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How to cite QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to the Research Process

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Mills, Elizabeth Shown. QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to the Research Process.

Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2012.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to the Research Process (Baltimore:

Genealogical Publishing Co., 2012), [specific page no.].

Subsequent Note

Mills, QuickSheet: Guide to the Research Process, [specific page].

Where to find:

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How to cite QuickSheet: Guide to Finding People in Databases & Indexes

 

Source List Entry (Bibliography)

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Finding People in Databases & Indexes.

Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2012.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Finding People in Databases & Indexes

(Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2012), [specific page no.].

Subsequent Note

Mills, QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Finding People in Databases & Indexes, [specific page].

Where to find:

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How to cite QuickSheet: Guide to Cluster Research (the FAN Principle)

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Mills, Elizabeth Shown. QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Cluster Research (the FAN Principle).

Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2012.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Cluster Research (the FAN Principle)

(Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2012), [specific page no.].

Subsequent Note

Mills and Mills, QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Cluster Research, [specific page].

Where to find:

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How to cite QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Individual Problem Analysis

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Mills, Elizabeth Shown. QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Individual Problem Analysis. Baltimore:

Genealogical Publishing Co., 2012.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Individual Problem Analysis (Baltimore:

Genealogical Publishing Co., 2012).

Subsequent Note

Mills, QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Individual Problem Analysis.

Where to find:

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How to cite QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources

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Mills, Elizabeth Shown. QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources, 1st rev. ed. Baltimore:

Genealogical Publishing Co., 2007.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources, 1st rev. ed. (Baltimore:

Genealogical Publishing Co., 2007), [specific page no.].

Subsequent Note

Mills, QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources, [specific page].

Where to find:

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How to cite QuickSheet: Citing Ancestry.com Databases & Images

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Mills, Elizabeth Shown. QuickSheet: Citing Ancestry.com Databases & Images. Baltimore:

Genealogical Publishing Co., 2009.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, QuickSheet: Citing Ancestry.com Databases & Images (Baltimore: Genealogical

Publishing Co., 2012), [specific page no.].

Subsequent Note

Mills, QuickSheet: Citing Ancestry.com Databases & Images, [specific page].

Where to find:

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How to cite QuickSheet: Citing Online African-American Historical Resources

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Mills, Elizabeth Shown. QuickSheet: Citing Online African-American Historical Resources. Baltimore:

Genealogical Publishing Co., 2010.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, QuickSheet: Citing Online African-American Historical Resources (Baltimore:

Genealogical Publishing Co., 2010), [specific page no.].

Subsequent Note

Mills, Citing Online African-American Historical Resources, [specific page].

Where to find:

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How to cite Evidence Analysis: A Research Process Map

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Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Analysis: A Research Process Map. Washington, DC: Board for Certification

of Genealogists, 2006.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Analysis: A Research Process Map (Washington, DC: Board for

Certification of Genealogists, 2006).

Subsequent Note

Mills, Evidence Analysis: A Research Process Map.

Where to find:

This laminated guide from 2006 has been revised and replaced by QuickSheet: Your Stripped-Bare Guide to Historical Proof. Copies of the 2006 edition are widely available in many research libraries.

 

 

How to cite QuickSheet: Your Stripped-Bare Guide to Historical Proof

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Mills, Elizabeth Shown. QuickSheet: Your Stripped-Bare Guide to Historical Proof. Baltimore: Genealogical

Publishing Co., 2014.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, QuickSheet: Your Stripped-Bare Guide to Historical Proof (Baltimore:

Genealogical Publishing Co., 2014), [specific side].

Subsequent Note

Mills, QuickSheet: Your Stripped-Bare Guide to Historical Proof,, [specific side].

Where to find:

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How to cite QuickSheet: Your Stripped-Bare Guide to Citing Sources

Source List Entry (Bibliography)

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. QuickSheet: Your Stripped-Bare Guide to Citing Sources. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2014), [specific side].

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, QuickSheet: Your Stripped-Bare Guide to Citing Sources (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2014), [specific side].

Subsequent Note

Mills, QuickSheet: Your Stripped-Bare Guide to Citing Sources, [specific side].

Where to find:

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More About: The Forgotten People: Cane River’s Creoles of Color

 

Out of colonial Natchitoches, in northwestern Louisiana, emerged a sophisticated and affluent community founded by a family of freed slaves. Their plantations eventually encompassed 18,000 fertile acres, which they tilled alongside hundreds of their own bondsmen. Furnishings of quality and taste graced their homes, and private tutors educated their children. Cultured, deeply religious, and highly capable, Cane River's Creoles of color enjoyed economic privileges but led politically constricted lives. Like their white neighbors, they publicly supported the Confederacy and suffered the same depredations of war and political and social uncertainties of Reconstruction. Unlike white Creoles, however, they did not recover amid cycles of Redeemer and Jim Crow politics.

First published in 1977, The Forgotten People offers a socioeconomic history of this widely publicized but also highly romanticized community -- a minority group that fit no stereotypes, refused all outside labels, and still struggles to explain its identity in a world mystified by Creolism.

Now revised and significantly expanded, this time-honored work revisits Cane River's "forgotten people" and incorporates new findings and insight gleaned across thirty-five years of further research. This new edition provides a nuanced portrayal of the lives of Creole slaves and the roles allowed to freed people of color, tackling issues of race, gender, and slave holding by former slaves. The Forgotten People corrects misassumptions about the origin of key properties in the Cane River National Heritage Area and demonstrates how historians reconstruct the lives of the enslaved, the impoverished, and the disenfranchised.

 

How to cite: The Forgotten People: Cane River’s Creoles of Color

Source List Entry (Bibliography)

Mills, Gary B. and Elizabeth Shown Mills. The Forgotten People: Cane River’s Creoles of Color. Rev. ed.
Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2013.

First Reference Note

Gary B. Mills and Elizabeth Shown Mills, The Forgotten People: Cane River’s Creoles of Color,
rev. ed. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2013), [specific page or item].

Subsequent Note

Mills and Mills, Forgotten People: Cane River’s Creoles of Color, rev. ed. [specific page or item].

Where to find: The Forgotten People: Cane River’s Creoles of Color

www.Amazon.com 

 

 

More About Isle of Canes

 

Isle of Canes is the epic account of a multiracial family in Louisiana that, over four generations and more than 150 years, rose from the chains of slavery to rule the Isle of Canes. Historically accurate, Isle is a gripping tale of racial conflict, economic ruin, and family pride told against the backdrop of colonial and antebellum Lousiana.”    —The publisher

 

“A masterpiece! You may never look at American history the same way again.”—Historical Novels Review

 

“In language that flows like poetry … issues of race and social standing are portrayed with an honesty that is rare in southern literature.”  —City Social Magazine

 

“Mills is a master story teller, bringing to vivid life untold pieces of our country’s history.”—Lalita Tademy, author of "New York Times best seller Cane River, an Oprah’s Book Club selection

 

How to cite Isle of Canes

Source List Entry (Bibliography)

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Isle of Canes (Provo: Ancestry, 2004).

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, Isle of Canes (Provo: Ancestry, 2004), [specific page no.].

Subsequent Note

Mills, Isle of Canes, [specific page].

Where to find:

www.BarnesAndNoble.com  or

iTunes Online Store  or

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How to cite Tales of Old Natchitoches

Source List Entry (Bibliography)

Mills, Elizabeth Shown and Gary B. Mills Tales of Old Natchitoches.  Natchitoches, La.: Association

for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches, 1978.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills and Gary B. Mills. Tales of Old Natchitoches (Natchitoches, La.: Association

for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches, 1978), [specific page].

Subsequent Note

Mills and Mills, Tales of Old Natchitoches, [specific page].

Where to find:

Heritage Books

 

 

How to cite “Marie Thérèse Coincoin (1742–1816)...”

Source List Entry (Bibliography)

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. “Marie Thérèse Coincoin (1742–1816): Cane River Slave, Slave Owner, and Paradox.”

Chapter 1. Janet Allured and Judith F. Gentry, eds. Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times.

Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press.  2009.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, “Marie Thérèse Coincoin (1742–1816): Cane River Slave, Slave Owner, and Paradox,”

chap. 1, Janet Allured and Judith F. Gentry, eds., Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times

(Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2009), 10–29, specifically ____ [specific page no.].

Subsequent Note

Mills, “Marie Thérèse Coincoin (1742–1816): Cane River Slave, Slave Owner, and Paradox,” [specific page].

Where to find:

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University of Georgia Press

 

 

How to cite “Missionaries Compromised"

Source List Entry (Bibliography)

Mills, Elizabeth Shown and Gary B. Mills. “Missionaries Compromised: Early Evangelization of Slaves

and Free People of Color in North Louisiana.” Glenn R. Conrad, ed. Cross, Crozier, and Crucible:

A Volume Celebrating the Bicentennial of a Catholic Diocese in Louisiana.  Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1993.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills and Gary B. Mills, “Missionaries Compromised: Early Evangelization of Slaves

and Free People of Color in North Louisiana,” Glenn R. Conrad, ed., Cross, Crozier, and Crucible:

A Volume Celebrating the Bicentennial of a Catholic Diocese in Louisiana  (Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1993), 30–47, specifically ___ [specific page no.].

Subsequent Note

Mills and Mills, “Missionaries Compromised,” [specific page].

Where to find:

Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans

 

 

How to cite “Ethnicity and the Southern Genealogist”

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Mills, Elizabeth Shown. “Ethnicity and the Southern Genealogist Myths and Misconceptions, Resources and Opportunities.”

Robert M. Taylor Jr. and Ralph J. Crandall, eds. Generations and Change: Genealogical Perspectives

in Social History. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 1986.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, “Ethnicity and the Southern Genealogist: Myths and Misconceptions, Resources and Opportunities,”

chap. 5, Robert M. Taylor Jr. and Ralph J. Crandall, eds., Generations and Change: Genealogical Perspectives

in Social History (Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 1986), 89–108, specifically ___ [specific page no.].

Subsequent Note

Mills, “Ethnicity and the Southern Genealogist,” [specific page].

Where to find:

Currently out of print. Check used book dealers.

 

 

How to cite Natchitoches, 17291803

Source List Entry (Bibliography)

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Natchitoches, 17291803: Abstracts of the Catholic Church Registers of the French

and Spanish Post of St. Jean Baptiste des Natchitoches in Louisiana. New Orleans: Polyanthos, 1977.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, Natchitoches, 17291803: Abstracts of the Catholic Church Registers

of the French and Spanish Post of St. Jean Baptiste des Natchitoches in Louisiana (New Orleans: Polyanthos, 1977), [specific page and/or entry no.].

Subsequent Note

Mills, Natchitoches, 17291803, [specific page and/or entry].

Where to find:

Heritage Books

 

 

How to cite Natchitoches, 18001826

Source List Entry (Bibliography)

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Natchitoches, 18001826: Translated Abstracts of Register Number Five of the Catholic

Church Parish of St. François des Natchitoches in Louisiana. New Orleans: Polyanthos, 1980.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, Natchitoches, 18001826: Translated Abstracts of Register Number Five of the Catholic

Church Parish of St. François des Natchitoches in Louisiana (New Orleans: Polyanthos. 1977), [specific page and/or entry no.].

Subsequent Note

Mills, Natchitoches, 18001826, [specific page and/or entry].

Where to find:

Heritage Books

 

 

How to cite Natchitoches Church Marriages, 18181850

Source List Entry (Bibliography)

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Natchitoches Church Marriages, 18181850: Translated Abstracts from the Registers of

St. François des Natchitoches, Louisiana. 1985. Reprint, Westminster, Md.: Heritage Books. 2003.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, Natchitoches Church Marriages, 18181850: Translated Abstracts from the Registers of

St. François des Natchitoches, Louisiana  (1985; reprint, Westminster, Md.: Heritage Books, 2003), [specific page and/or entry no.].

Subsequent Note

Mills, Natchitoches Church Marriages, 18181850, [specific page and/or entry].

Where to find:

Heritage Books

 

 

How to cite Natchitoches Colonials

Source List Entry (Bibliography)

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Natchitoches Colonials: Censuses, Military Rolls and Tax Lists, 17221803. Chicago: Adams Press, 1981.

First Reference Note

Elizabeth Shown Mills, Natchitoches Colonials: Censuses, Military Rolls and Tax Lists, 17221803 (Chicago: Adams Press 1981), [specific page no.].

Subsequent Note

Mills, Natchitoches Colonials, [specific page].

Where to find:

Currently out of print. Check used book dealers.