"Evidence Explained" is another great book by Elizabeth Shown Mills. Even if you don't plan on becoming a professional genealogist, pick up this book. I find it extremely useful when creating citations for sources. I use Legacy software that completes many sources for you based on Elizabeth's book but if Legacy does not have a template that I need, I can create one easily using this book. Her third and latest edition even includes Cyberspace sources like Twitter and Facebook. Topics include a Genealogy section, descriptions of Primary and Secondary sources, Australia: Military & Naturalization Records, cemetery records, books (known or unknown author, two authors, edited books...), journals, diaries, and family artifacts, etc. And you can go to her website for help.
I just joined this site via a recommendation that I recieved from Facebook. I'm still rather new genealogy having only started back in May of 2007 when I wanted to find proof of my Dad and his mother telling me that we were related to the author James Fennimore Cooper, President Ulysses S. Grant, Confederate General Robert E. Lee, President Zachary Taylor, and Commmodores Oliver Hazard Perry and Matthew Calbraith Perry. So far I've not found a familial connection to any of the names mentioned on my Dad's side. However I have found that Gen. Robert E. Lee may be a twenty-fifth cousin seven times removed in law through his wife, Mary Randolph Custis on my mother's side.
Being adopted I have no actual blood ties to any member of my immediate family. However, I decided that while I try to find and prove a familial connection to any of the names above mentioned for my adoptive parents that my findings would go to my nephews once I feel I have gone as far as I can in my research. I'm hoping that one day, I'll be able publish a book or two of my findings for future genealogists.
I guess I need to mention that I was born in the Philippines. My sister and I were adopted by Americans when I was a year and ahalf old while my parents were stationed at Sangley Point. I should also note that my sister is not my biological sister either, so far as I know. Both our respective birth certificates give the names of our biological parents and as far as I can tell there is no blood relation. Though I've not found any information in regards to my biological ancestry, I've been able to find a lot of information on my adoptive side of things. Mostly on the Clanton side which happens to be my mother's side of the family since she is a direct descendant of John Clanton who was born in England around 1609 and came to the Virginia Colony aboard the ship Abraham in 1635.
Please feel free to look at my profile to see the names I'm researching. All of which are directly related to my parents.
Thanks for having me here and I look forward to discovering more as this site grows.
Claude P. Perry II