Mills, Elizabeth Shown

Elizabeth Shown Mills is a well-known genealogist and author. She is the author of the books Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian (1997) and Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace (2007). These books explain genealogical standards for citation and analysis. Mills is the editor of Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians. She has also published a novel, Isle of Canes, an account of four generations of a Louisiana family. Ms. Mills calls her novel "faction", a mix of fact and fiction.

Mills "taught for thirteen years at a National Archives-based institute on archival records and, for twenty years, has headed a university-based program in advanced research methodology."1 Mills was the editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly from 1987 to 2002.  She has also served as president of the American Society of Genealogists.



  1. Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained : Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2007),  back cover.