If the three most important factors in buying real estate are location, location, location, then the three three most important factors in genealogical research are documentation, documentation, documentation. We have strived to note sources whenever possible. Many of our family reseachers have made great contributions to the discovery of our roots and have nicely compiled them in books/booklets.
This page is dedicated to such publications and other sources that have been particularly valuable in documenting our families' histories. We have tried to include sources which are more obscure and very often more valuable than the traditional sources of census, birth and death records. Bob O'Neal has written a nice article regarding proper source documentation.
Carleton Tabler, seated, others unknown ca. 1918. Photo courtesy of Iris McElfresh
A great resource for census and marriage records, primarily for West Virginia but also includes Belmont, Meigs, Monroe, Noble and Washington Counties in Ohio.
by Dona Cuttler
This book published in celebration of the Hyattstown bicentennial in 1998. Chronicles the people and events which shaped the town.
1540 Pointer Ridge Place
Bowie, MD 20716
Provincial Families of Maryland, Volume 1
compiled by Vernon L. Skinner, Jr.
This book includes Ann McElfresh Bolt's contribution of McElfreshes to this compilation of early Maryland families and their descendants.
65 East Main Street
Westminster, MD 221157-5036
submitted by Bob O'Neal
I would commend one textbook above all others to the study of genealogy and family history: "The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy" by Val D.Greenwood, Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1973, 1983 and later editions. His Part II covers 'Records and their Use'. There is a standardized way to document sources. It is an important part of all kinds of scientific research conducted by our learned scholars.
These standards, for genealogists, were very well described in one article which awakened me to the importance of documentation: "Documentation Places Sources within Easy Reach" (1990), by genealogical scholar Myra Vanderpool Gromley whose column is syndicated in over 200 periodicals and newspapers. (Los AngelesTimes Syndicate).
The best guide on citation of sources can be found in a little inexpensive book ($10.45 postpaid) called, "Cite Your Sources", by Richard S. Lackey. It is available from Heritage Quest. [now P.O. Box 1119], Orting WA 98360.
I hope this information can help younger (or newer) genealogists out there and save a lot of extra work and grief over lost sources later. There is no excuse for not doing it right the first time. Please feel free to pass this on (early and often) to others new to genealogy. We family historians have an obligation to nag each other this subject (again and again) so our precious work remains credible to future generations.
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