Mastering Genealogical Documentation
Mastering Genealogical Documentation
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Mastering Genealogical Documentation; by Thomas W. Jones PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA; 2017; 302 pp; Paperback; ISBN: 978-1-935815-24-2; Item #: NGS32

Genealogical documentation gives your work credibility. Without adequate documentation, a well-researched family history or tree looks like fiction. Mastering Genealogical Documentation teaches genealogists how to cite all kinds of sources clearly, completely, and accurately — including sources for which no model citation exists. In this new step-by-step guidebook, Dr. Thomas W. Jones presents a fresh view on the art of documentation. Readers will learn how to describe and cite their sources with artistry, clarity, conciseness, completeness, and competence so that their work will meet the genealogy field's published standards.

Mastering Genealogical Documentation provides a foundation in the principles, logic, and decisions that underpin genealogical documentation. Learning principles, patterns, and logic gives genealogists flexibility and choice as they create their own structured documentation.

This essential text offers exercises at the end of each chapter (with answers at the back of the book) to reinforce concepts and provide opportunities for practice.

The following is from the Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1 - The Purpose and Nature of Genealogical Documentation
  • Chapter 2 - Noncitation Aspects of Genealogical Documentation
  • Chapter 3 - Citation Setting, Forms, and Shortcuts
  • Chapter 4 - Capitalization, Italics, Punctuation, and Other Citation Subleties
  • Chapter 6 - Determining a Source's Publication Status
  • Chapter 7 - Issues in Citing Source Titles, Description, or Both
  • Chapter 8 - Authors, Creators, and Informants
  • Chapter 9 - Citing Absent, Hidden, Obvious, and Perplexing Dates for Sources, Information, and Events
  • Chapter 10 - Citing Numbered, Grouped, and Subgrouped Offline Sources and Information Items
  • Chapter 11 - Answering the Wherein and Whereis Citation Questions for Online Sources
  • Chapter 12 - Identifying Offline Publishers and Repositories
  • Chapter 14 - Citing Images of Previously Published Material
  • Chapter 15 - Citing Online Images of Previously Unpublished Material
  • Chapter 17 - Multipart Options for Citing Images
  • Chapter 18 - Documenting on Your Own
  • Appendix A - Greenfield Example
  • Appendix B - Examples of Creating a Citation Using Waypoints to a Numbered Image
  • Appendix C - Genealogy Standard 5
  • Reading and Source List 1: References and Supporting Material
  • Reading and Source List 2: Selected Guides for Learning about American Genealogical Sources
  • Exercise Examples

About the Author

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, who has pursued his family's history since age fifteen, is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He also is a professor emeritus from Gallaudet University, where he designed and managed graduate programs, conducted research, and taught and mentored graduate students for twenty-seven years. Jones, a former trustee and past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002. He has taught genealogical documentation at Boston University, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research, Western Institute of Genealogy, and elsewhere.