Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     Descendants of Andrew STRAIN (born about 1750 and died in 1826 in Haywood County, North Carolina) and his wife, Mary REED, will celebrate eighty-four years of continuous family reunions on 16 July 2017 at the Sugar Valley Baptist Church in Sugar Valley, Georgia. This year’s reunion will honor those who attend by highlighting their interests, accomplishments, and milestones. As usual, activities will include eating a covered-dish lunch, hearing reports from the Strain Family Association’s officers, conducting a business meeting, and electing officers for the coming year.

     New this year will be a gift exchange for persons wishing to join in the fun. Anyone who wants to participate should bring a new t-shirt from a college, school, or any program or institute that you attend or support. Each participant will be able to select a shirt to take home as a reunion souvenir. For more details, go to the website at

     Keeping up with the technological changes affecting the field of family history, prominent genealogist Elizabeth Shown Mills reflects those modifications in the revision of her reference manuals. Recently she completed the second edition of QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Sources Evidence Style and QuickSheet: Citing Ancestry Databases & Images Evidence Style. Following her template model in the previous editions, she updates sample citations and styles to help researchers more accurately document information found on the internet.

     Based on the premise that online sources are publications sharing the same characteristics as printed works, the QuickSheet material furnishes citation examples that show the proper way to document common internet resources such as digital books and articles, images of censuses and vital records, and databases. Because a website is the online equivalent of a book, the reference sheet for historical sources demonstrates how to specify the author/creator/owner of a website, title of the website, URL address, date the information was posted, and other aspects of citation. Due to the increase in content and contributors on Ancestry, the reference sheet concerning that topic includes a new section for citing local legal records.

     Useful to amateur and experienced genealogists alike, the two QuickSheet guides provide documentation details not found in standard citation guides. The arrangement of examples makes finding them easy. With the material in folder form, the laminated templates can be stood up or lain down, making them convenient for immediate reference at home or at the library. In addition, their lamination prevents them from tearing and keeps them clean and readable. QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Sources Evidence Style and QuickSheet: Citing Ancestry Databases & Images Evidence Style are handy tools that can be easily packed and transported to any research site.

     The QuickSheet for historical sources (order number 3849) and the one for Ancestry (order number 3859) cost $9.95 each. To the price of the publication, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $4 for one item and $1.50 for each additional copy; for orders totaling $10 or less, the cost is $2.00. For UPS, the cost is $6 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional copy; on orders totaling $10.00 or less, the cost is $6.00. The reference guides may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211 (for phone orders call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website

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