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Bettinger, Blaine T., and Debbie Parker Wayne. Genetic Genealogy in Practice. Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society, 2016.

Board for Certification of Genealogists. The BCG Application Guide. Washington, DC: Board for Certification of Genealogists, 2019.

———. Genealogy Standards. Nashville, TN: Ancestry, 2019.

The Chicago Manual of Style. Seventeenth edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. The same material, plus updates and more recent content, is available as a subscription website.

Curran, Joan F., Madilyn Coen Crane, and John H. Wray. Numbering Your Genealogy: Basic Systems, Complex Families, and International Kin. NGS Special Publication No. 97. Revised edition of Special Publication No. 64. Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society, 2008.

Eales, Ann Bruner, and Robert M. Kvasnicka, editors. Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives of the United States. 3rd edition. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 2001. | Online version free at HathiTrust.

Jones, Thomas W. Mastering Genealogical Proof. Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society, 2013.

———. Mastering Genealogical Documentation. Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society, 2017.

Leary, Helen F. M. North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History. 2nd edition. Raleigh: North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1996.
Note: the methodology is timeless and valid anywhere, some terminology is dated.

Merriman, Brenda Dougall. Genealogical Standards of Evidence : A Guide for Family Historians. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2010.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. 3rd edition, revised. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2017. Especially note “Fundamentals of Citation,” Chapter 2.

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———, editor. Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Teachers, and Librarians. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001.

———, editor. Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2018.

Book-length genealogies that meet standards can be difficult to find. Examples include the American Society of Genealogists’ Donald Lines Jacobus Award winners.



The serious genealogist learns new methodology and resources by regularly and thoroughly reading journals that offer:
– well-crafted, well-documented case studies of difficult problems that have been resolved,
– articles documenting families,
– articles showcasing unusual sources and methods,
– quality book reviews, and
– discussions of advanced methods and professional issues.

Among the most-recommended journals published in the United States are the following, which cover both U.S. and non-U.S. families. In order of age:

New England Historical and Genealogical Register

Founded in 1847, the Register publishes quarterly and is subtitled, “The Journal of American Genealogy,” signaling interests that range beyond New England. It focuses on compiled genealogies, as well as articles that solve genealogical problems or identify immigrant origins.

New York Genealogical and Biographical Record

Founded in 1870, the Record publishes quarterly compiled genealogies, problem-solving articles, transcriptions of original records, and research guidance covering what is now New York State.

National Genealogical Society Quarterly

Founded in 1912, the NGSQ publishes quarterly articles that show how to cope with name changes, burned courthouses, illegitimacies, and other stumbling blocks; how to interpret records that do not mean what they seem to say; how to distinguish among individuals of the same name; how to identify origins of immigrant ancestors; and how to research a variety of ethnic groups and in a variety of locations.

The American Genealogist

Founded in 1922 by Donald Lines Jacobus, TAG is an independent quarterly publishing carefully documented compiled genealogies and analyses of difficult genealogical problems.

The Genealogist

Founded in 1980 and now under the auspices of the American Society of Genealogists, The Genealogist publishes twice a year scholarly articles on diverse eras and populations which may not fit in other publications due to their length or other reasons.


DNA Articles by BCG Associates

Because DNA is a more recent and still often misunderstood addition to the genealogical toolbox, this special section showcases select resources by BCG associates on a non-inclusive basis. Issues of National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) and NGS Magazine are available online to NGS members or in genealogy libraries.

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Commentary and Citations

Byrne, Melinde Lutz and Thomas W. Jones. “Editors’ Corner: DNA Standards.” NGSQ 101 (December 2013): 293.

———. “Genealogical Scholarship and DNA Test Results.” NGSQ 102 (September 2014): 163.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. “QuickLesson 21: Citing DNA Evidence; Five Ground Rules.” Evidence Explained blog post, 29 June 2015.

———. QuickSheet: Citing Genetic Sources for History Research Evidence Style. Laminated folder. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2015.

Russell, Judy G. “DNA and the Reasonably Exhaustive Search.” OnBoard 20 (January 2014): 1–2, 7.

“Genetic Genealogy Journey,” by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG

NGS Magazine “Genetic Genealogy Journey” column by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG (2013–2017).

NGSQ articles on DNA, 2001 to present, by BCG associates

National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) methodology-based articles by BCG associates use DNA information as a component of genealogical proof. Articles available online to NGS members or in genealogy libraries. The list is arranged chronologically.

Leary, Helen F. M. “Sally Hemings’s Children: A Genealogical Analysis of the Evidence.” NGSQ 89 (September 2001): 165–207. (Special Issue: Jefferson-Hemings)

Lustenberger, Anita A. “David Meriwether: Descendant of Nicholas Merither? A DNA Study.” NGSQ 93 (December 2005): 269–282.

Devine, Donn. “Sorting Relationships among Families with the Same Surname: An Irish-American DNA Study.” NGSQ 93 (December 2005): 283–293.

Moneta, Daniela. “Identifying the Children of David Pugh and Nancy Minton of Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.” NGSQ 96 (March 2008): 13–22. NGSQ Award of Excellence, 2008.

______. “Virginia Pughs and North Carolina Wests: A Genetic Link from Slavery in Kentucky.” NGSQ 97 (September 2009): 179–194.

Ouimette, David S. “Proving the Parentage of John Bettis: Immigrant Ancestor of Bettis Families in Vermont.” NGSQ 98 (September 2010): 189–210. NGSQ Award of Excellence, 2010.

Jackson, B. Darrell. “George Craig of Howard County, Missouri: Genetic and Documentary Evidence of His Ancestry.” NGSQ 99 (March 2011): 59–72.

Fox, Judy Kellar. “Documents and DNA Identify a Little-Known Lee Family in Virginia.” NGSQ 99 (June 2011): 85–96.

Eagleson, Pamela Stone. “Parents for Robert Walker of Rockingham County, North Carolina, and Orange County, Indiana.” NGSQ 102 (September 2013): 189–199.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. “Testing the FAN Principle Against DNA: Zilphy (Watts) Price Cooksey Cooksey of Georgia and Mississippi.” NGSQ 102 (June 2014): 129–152.

Jones, Thomas W. “Too Few Sources to Solve a Family Mystery? Some Greenfields in Central and Western New York.” NGSQ 103 (June 2015): 85–110.

Stanbary, Karen. “Rafael Arriaga, a Mexican Father in Michigan: Autosomal DNA Helps Identify Paternity.” NGSQ 104 (June 2016): 85–98. NGSQ Award of Excellence, 2016.

Fein, Mara. “A Family for Melville Adolphus Fawcett.” NGSQ 104 (June 2016): 107–124.

Hobbs, Patricia Lee. “DNA Identifies a Father for Rachel, Wife of James Lee of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.” NGSQ 105 (March 2017): 43–56.



Not all genealogical writing is formal, nor does it always fit into articles or books. Blogs by board-certified genealogists and others may showcase research skills and record sets of interest.