Thursday, May 11, 2017

"Mastering Genealogical Documentation" Book Released at NGS 2017 Conference

I received this information from NGS earlier this week:


Mastering Genealogical Documentation
To Be Released at National Conference 10 May 2017

 ARLINGTON, VA, 4 MAY 2017— On 10 May, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) will release for sale Mastering Genealogical Documentation by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CGSM, CGLSM, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, author of the preeminent work, Mastering Genealogical Proof, and an award-winning genealogical researcher and educator. The publication of this essential text on how to cite all kinds of sources clearly, completely, and accurately coincides with the NGS 2017 Family History Conference, which will be held in Raleigh, NC, 10-13 May.

 Mastering Genealogical Documentation teaches genealogists how to describe and cite their sources—including sources for which no model citation exists—with artistry, clarity, conciseness, completeness, and competence so that their work will meet the genealogy field’s published standards. In this new step-by-step guidebook, Dr. Thomas W. Jones provides a foundation in the principles, logic, and decisions that underpin genealogical documentation. Exercises are provided at the end of each chapter (with answers at the back of the book) to reinforce concepts and provide opportunities for practice.

 Jones is a professor emeritus from Gallaudet University. A former trustee and past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, he 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.

 Conference participants will be able to purchase Mastering Genealogical Documentation at the conference. Others may order it online beginning 10 May. Shipment of the book will begin 22 May 2017. For more informa­tion, visit


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Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Yes! Purchased this wonderful book today at the NGS Conference. I want to be sure my citations are correct & useful for future researchers. Family stories without documentation are just stories.

Teresa said...

Can you tell me if all the records who mentions are American-based? Or does he cover how to cite records from other countries?

Thanks :)

The Genealogy Grandma said...

Hello, Randy!

I have been using Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills. How is this book the same/different? If I am using EE, do you feel that Mastering Genealogical Documentation is a great companion book?