Tips and Quips by Elizabeth Shown Mills

I’ve ordered Tips & Quips for the Family Historian by Elizabeth Shown Mills from Genealogical Publishing Company.  It’s not meant as a how-to guide, but is intended as (quoting the website) “bedside reading.”

The way my mind operates, reading any genealogical material while trying to sleep means that I won’t sleep as it will only get me to thinking about a specific research problem. That defeats my definition of bedside reading.

It sounds like perfect airplane reading to me–it appears to be a book that one can put down and pick up easily if one needs to and that doesn’t require extended amounts of concentration time.  That’s not meant as an insult, just an assumption based upon the marketing material I’ve seen for the book.

And…I fully intend to annotate the book in pencil as I read it. I read to get ideas and, for me, the best place to write those down is right in the book itself.

Note: As of this post, it looked like Amazon.com delivery of these books was taking forever so we have not included a link to the sales page there.

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2 thoughts on “Tips and Quips by Elizabeth Shown Mills

  1. When I annotate a text I write my ideas or comments on a post-it-note and stick it right to the page. The added benefit of that is the paper note makes it easy to refind the tip that triggered an idea.

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