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Elizabeth Shown Mills

Portrait of Elizabeth Shown Mills B.S. (Family History)

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Ms. Mills was the long-term editor of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Quarterly, a past president of the American Society of Genealogists, a past president and trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), and a founding member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. She has previously served as an a trustee and regional vice-president of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), an NGS national conference chair, an NGS councilor, and founder/editor of the BCG educational newsletter, OnBoard. Mills is the author of a dozen books and over 500 articles published by both academic and popular presses in genealogy, history, literature, and sociology. She has delivered over 1000 lectures nationally and internationally, has appeared on radio and TV talk shows on three continents, and was featured on both the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)'s 20th anniversary and 30th anniversary specials on the novel Roots and the PBS-KBYU series "Ancestors: Second Season."

Elizabeth has served on the faculty of Samford University Library's Institute since 1979, where she developed the ground-breaking course Advanced Research Methodology and Evidence Analysis. Simultaneously, she served for 13 years on the faculty of the National Archives-based National Institute on Genealogical Research. A recipient of the NGS President's Citation and the APG Graham T. Smallwood Jr. Award, as well as the first recipient of APG's Professional Achievement Award, Elizabeth has been cited by her peers as "the genealogist who has had the greatest impact on American genealogy in the post-Roots era."

Two of Elizabeth's twelve books are considered "classics" and "essentials" to the field of genealogy: Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian (Baltimore: GPC, 1997) and Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians (Baltimore: GPC, 2001). She is more recently the author of Isle of Canes (Provo: Ancestry, 2005), a historical saga of a Creole family based on her three decades of research across four continents. Her definitive work on the use of historical sources, Evidence Expanded: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, was named Library Journal "Best Reference 2007."

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