Monthly Archives for December, 2014

Great Quotes from Vita Brevis

Posted on: December 19th, 2014 by
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I'm a big fan of's Vita Brevis blog. This morning's post has tips for Jump Starting your Genealogical Research from the various bloggers, including David Allen Lambert, Andrew Krea, and others. My favorites are the last two, from Penny Stratton and Scott C. Steward. Penny works in book production for the New England Historic Genealogical Society. She presented the recent NEHGS webinar Sharing Continue reading the story "Great Quotes from Vita Brevis"

What’s in a Name?–John Adam or John Adams

Posted on: December 16th, 2014 by
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In my last post, about upgrading sources, I gave an example of accessing and citing a digitized copy of a book of biographies rather than a USGenWeb transcription from the book. The subject of the biographical sketch I cited was John A. Whetstone. John was the son of Elias Whetstone of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania and Summit County, Colorado. Both John and Elias were early settlers and Continue reading the story "What’s in a Name?–John Adam or John Adams"

Upgrade Your Sources

Posted on: December 9th, 2014 by

Genealogists need to be constantly mindful of the quality and reliability of the sources they are using. [1. For concise explanations of source evaluation, see Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof, (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013), 8-16; Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 2nd ed. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2009), 15-38; and Board for Certification of Genealogists, Genealogy Continue reading the story "Upgrade Your Sources"