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

     While researching your heritage, have you ever needed inspiration to help overcome those so-called “brick walls” you encounter? When writing your family history or giving a genealogical presentation, do you sometimes wish you could think of a zinger to emphasize certain points? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you will want to peruse the new book, TIPS & QUIPS FOR THE FAMILY HISTORIAN by Elizabeth Shown Mills and Ruth Brossette Lennon.

     Utilizing a light-hearted approach, the small book is a treasury of “bon mots” and wise sayings that will be of interest to all who are tracing their ancestry. Due to the wide variety of subjects they include, the tips and quips are divided into eighty-six categories relevant to genealogists. The categories range from citations, document analysis, ethics, evidence, genetic genealogy, proof statements, and software to censuses, history, immigration, land, maps, migration, and tax records.

     The sayings encompass both serious pointers and humorous quotes. Pertaining to the topic of land, for example, Richard S. Lackey stated, “The descent of land is the purest proof of kinship.” Concerning ethnic genealogy, Nancy Richey said, “Researching your ancestors during slavery becomes researching the owners of your ancestors.” On the lighter side, the category of miscellany includes Diedre Erin Denton’s remark, “The family historian wants to remember what their grandparents wished to forget.” Under the heading of genealogy, family researchers will get a chuckle out of the quip by Anonymous, “Genealogy is not fatal—but it’s a grave disease.”

     TIPS & QUIPS FOR THE FAMILY HISTORIAN manages to be both informative and entertaining. Useful to experienced researchers seeking quotes for articles or lectures and to amateur researchers for bedside reading, the handy reference work will make a great gift for the genealogist in your family.

     The 173-page hardbound publication has illustrations, a sixteen-page list of references, and separate indexes for individuals quoted and for keywords (brick walls or Creoles, for instance). To the book’s price of $14.95, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $5.50 for one book and $2.50 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $7.50 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order #3882) may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Genealogical Publishing Co., 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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