Thursday, October 9, 2014

Elements of Genealogical Analysis and Guide to Genealogical Writing: How to Write and Publish Your Family History

I just finished reading two books published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS),  Elements of Genealogical Analysis by Robert Charles Anderson and Guide to Genealogical Writing: How to Write and Publish Your Family History (3rd Ed.) by Penelope L. Stratton and Henry B. Hoff.

Elements of Genealogical AnalysisThere has been a lot of discussion about this book on Facebook and various email lists because the author does not use the terms associated with the Genealogical Proof Standard.  True, the terms are different but the content is good and I like this book.  My favorite chapter is Chapter 3, Linkage Analysis.  When you have ten documents referring to John Doe how do you know they all refer to the same John Doe?  Distinguishing between people with the same name and attributing the correct documents to each one is an important skill.  Chapter 3 discusses this.

Guide to Genealogical Writing: How to Write and Publish Your Family History – I had a hard time putting this book down.  It is easy to read because of how the information is organized and laid out.  I would trust the authors’ opinion on how to write a book because they did so well with this one.  The book addresses all of the different types of genealogical writing you might do.

Two thumbs up for both books.

 

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