Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review of "The Art of Creative Research"

Those fortunate (or wise) enough to be members of the Association of Professional Genealogists and now read the December issue of the APG Quarterly, which includes numerous relevant articles for serious genealogists, as well as my review of Philip Gerard's The Art of Creative Research: A Field Guide for Writers. The general title is correct -- the book has applications well beyond genealogy -- and my misgivings about some passages don't change the fact that there is a lot to learn here and a lot of good stories as well.

For those who have occasion to look online for the complete list of my genealogy articles, the best way is to look here.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Two provoking new books

Here's a book and a blog that might be of use to genealogists focused on the southern US and/or African-American ancestors. So far I have only seen the first blog post. Court records may be the least efficiently used of readily available sources in genealogy! And blogging is a cool way to tempt people to read your big book.

Speaking of books about history, on a whole 'nother level, here's a review of James C. Scott's Against the Grain, one that could turn your mind inside out.