Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review - "QuickSheet: Citing Genetic Sources for History Research, Evidence Style*"

The Genealogical Publishing Company in Baltimore has published another in its series of "QuickSheet" laminated research guides - this time for Citing Genetic Sources for History Research, Evidence Style*  by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

This QuickSheet booklet has four laminated pages on one 11" x 17" paper (folded). It is designed to give the user the basic guidelines for genealogy research in the allotted space, and provide an overview of the facts a researcher needs to know in order to begin and proceed successfully with research in the subject.

In this QuickSheet, Elizabeth Mills discusses crafting source citations for genetic and DNA test results for historical and genealogical research.

The QuickSheet: Citing Genetic Sources for History Research, Evidence Style* folder has these major subjects:

*  Who & Why

*  The Basics (of DNA tests)
*  Standards
*  Types of Genetic Reports
*  Basic Terms You Will Use
*  Basic Citation Formats
*  Basic Template for Online Database or Tool
*  Basic Template for an Offline Report
*  Models for Common Source Types
Allele Search ToolAncestry DNA CircleAutosomal DatabaseCertificateEthnicity PredictionGEDMatch ToolInstructional MaterialLetter ReportMT-DNA DatabaseSurname (or Ethnicity) ProjectX-Chromsome MatchY-Line Database
This booklet is designed primarily for the historian or genealogist who desires to craft a source citation for genetic and/or DNA information and test results.   One of the purposes of this QuickSheet is to show how to cite sources in compiling a genealogy using DNA analysis. As Ms. Mills demonstrates, the standards for citation, evidence analysis, and proof—when using DNA tests for historical purposes—are the same as those for sound historical and genealogical research. This QuickSheet demonstrates how to report test results, analyses, and instructional matter in ways that support those standards.

For someone like me that teaches and talks about genealogy a bit, the QuickSheet format is invaluable because I can pull it out and provide some guidance to my student or colleague interested in the subject.

The beauty of these "QuickSheet" folders is that they are very light and portable in a briefcase or laptop case. They are fixtures in my research case.

This four-page laminated booklet costs $9.95, plus postage and handling (4th Class Mail $4.50; FedEx Ground Service in the USA, $6.00). You can order it through the Genealogical  Store, or use the link for the 
QuickSheet: Citing Genetic Sources for History Research, Evidence Style* ) and click on the "Add to Cart" link. 

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Copyright (c) Randall J. Seaver, 2015.

Disclosure: contacted me recently and asked me to provide a review of this booklet. They mailed me a review copy for my personal use as remuneration for this review.

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