See also: Methodology
Big Myths About Copyright Explained.
About.com Genealogy and Copyright.
- Alzo, Lisa A. "Thought of Self-Publishing? Seven Secrets for
Success." Association of Professional Genealogists
Quarterly 25,3 (September 2010): 143-146.
- Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. Carmack's Guide to Copyright
and Contracts: A Primer for Genealogists, Writers and
Researchers. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing
- Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo.
You Can Write Your Family History. Baltimore:
Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003, reprinted 2008.
Computing with Accents, Symbols & Foreign Scripts. From Penn
Copyright Basics. From U.S. Copyright Office.
Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States.
- Curran, Joan Ferris, Madilyn Coen Crane, and John H. Wray.
Numbering Your Genealogy: Basic Systems, Complex Families,
and International Kin. Arlington, Virginia: National
Genealogical Society, 2000. The complete NGS Quarterly Numbering
System together with the Register System, Henry System, and Sosa
Stradonitz System for descending and ascending genealogies.
Simple solutions you need for adoptions, cousin marriages, step
kin and more complex family relationships.
- Fishman, Stephen. The Copyright Handbook: How to Protect
& Use Written Works. 5th edition. Nolo Press, 2005.
- Fishman, Stephen. The Public Domain: How to Find and Use
Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art and More. 2nd edition.
Nolo Press, 2004.
- Floyd, Elaine. Creating Family Newsletters.
Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 1998.
- Franco, Carol and Kent Lineback. The Legacy Guide.
Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2007. It outlines a simple, intuitive,
and highly flexible framework for turning a personal history
into a published work.
Asked Questions About Copyright. From U.S. Copyright
- Goad, Mike.
Copyright and Genealogy.
- Hatcher, Patricia Law. Producing a Quality Family
History. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1996. Covers formats,
typefaces. layouts, indexes, and publishing process.
- Hatcher, Patricia Law, and John V. Wylie. Indexing Family
Histories: Simple Steps for a Quality Product. Arlington,
Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 1994. Leads the
genealogist step-by-step through the planning and production of
a thorough and systematic index that will enhance all types of
- Hoff, Henry, editor. Genealogical Writing in the 21st
Century: A Guide to Register Style and More. Boston: NEHGS,
Property Guide: Other Countries.
- Jassin, Lloyd J. and Steven C. Schechter. The Copyright
Permission and Libel Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Writers,
Editors, and Publishers. Wiley and Sons, 1998.
- Johnson, Jennifer H. and Holly T. Hansen. Publishing
Family Histories, Large and Small -- Let's Cook Up a Book.
My Ancestors, 2005. Is a down-to-earth guide for creating a book
of which you can be proud.
- King, Carla. "The Pitfalls of Using Self-Publishing Book
Packages." Mediashift 25 March 2010.
- Leclerc, Michael J. and Henry B. Hoff. Genealogical
Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More.
Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006. An
essential manual for anyone planning to write for a genealogical
periodical or Web site, or publish a family history.
- Loughran, Rob. "I Don't Think We're in Kansas Anymore: A
Self-Publishing Primer." Writer's Journal 29, 2
(March-April 2010): 19-24.
- McClure, Rhonda R. Digitizing Your Family History.
Cincinnati, Ohio: Family Tree Books, 2004.
- Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing
History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Baltimore:
Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2007. Will help you cite
correctly the sources used in writing a family history.
- Mulvany, Nancy C. Indexing Books. 2nd edition.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005. A practical approach
to book indexing. For the beginner and professional.
- Olin and Uris Libraries, Cornell University.
Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages.
- Rich, Jason R. Self-Publishing for Dummies.
Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing Inc., 2006.
- Ross, Marilyn and Sue Collier. The Complete Guide
to Self-Publishing. 5th edition. Writer's Digest Books,
- Simmons, Jerry D. What Writers Need to Know About
Publishing. Simmons, 2005.
- Stim, Richard. Getting Permission: How to License and
Clear Copyrighted Materials Online & Off. 2nd edition. Nolo
- Sturdevant, Katherine Scott. Bringing Your Family History
to Life Through Social History. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway
Books, 2000. Excellent guide for putting ancestors in historical
- Templeton, Brad.
Myths About Copyright Explained.
- U.S. Copyright Office.
- Virginia Tech University Libraries.
Bibliography on Evaluating Web Information.
- Wilson, Lee. The Copyright Guide: A Friendly Handbook to
Protecting and Profiting from Copyright. 3rd edition.
- Wyss, Wallace. "Be Proactive in Promoting Your Writing."
Writer's Journal 29,2 (March-April 2010): 44-45.
Transcribing & Abstracting
A transcription is a word-for-word copy in which all spelling and punctuation is exactly as found in the original. Transcriptions keep abbreviations, superscripts, and diacritical marks if there. Transcriptions leave out punctuation, diacritical marks, or words if missing in the original. Transcriptions keep spelling and grammar as they are found without corrections. In transcriptions, place a question mark within brackets just before a word can't be read with certainty.
- The BCG Standards Manual. Washington, D.C.: Board
for Certificaiton of Genealogists, 2000. Standard 11, pages
- Bell, Mary McCampbell. "Transcripts and Abstracts." in
Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers,
Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians. Elizabeth Shown Mills,
editor. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogy Publishing Co., 2001.
- Geiger, Linda Woodward. "Transcribing & Abstracting." NGS
News Magazine. 32,3 (July/August/September 2006): 14-17.
- Greenwood, Val D. "Abstracting Wills and Deeds." The
Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. 3d edition.
Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000.
- Leary, Helen F.M. "Abstracting." In North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History. Helen F.M. Leary, editor. Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1996.