NGS Books

Mastering Genealogical Documentation

The value of your family history research relies in large part on the thoroughness and clarity of your documentation. Mastering Genealogical Documentation teaches genealogists how to describe and cite their sources—including sources for which no model citation exists—with artistry, clarity, conciseness, completeness, and competence so that their work will meet the genealogy field’s published standards. In this step-by-step guidebook, The author provides a foundation in the principles, logic, and decisions that underpin genealogical documentation. Exercises are provided at the end of each chapter (with answers at the back of the book) to reinforce concepts and provide opportunities for practice.

Mastering Genealogical Documentation is available for purchase in the NGS online store in print and as a Kindle e-book at Amazon.


By Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, is also the author of Mastering Genealogical Proof and an award-winning genealogical researcher and educator. He has taught at Boston University, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and elsewhere. Since 2002 he has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.