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Selected Publications


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Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath, Rev. Ed. Washington, D.C.: Direct Descent, 2015.


Finding Italian Roots:  The Complete Guide for Americans, rev. ed. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003.


They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record, 3rd ed. Orem, Utah: Ancestry, Inc., 2002.


Heritage from across the Sea: A History of the Colletta Family of Buffalo, New York. Washington, D.C.: privately, 1982.



Book Chapters

"Italy” chapter in Avotaynu’s Guide to Jewish Genealogy (Bergenfield, N.J.:  Avotaynu, 2004).


Chapter 4 in Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide to Family History & Genealogy (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1997).



Selected Articles

“‘The Workman of C. Mills:’ Carl Ludwig Richter and the Statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park,” Washington History: A Publication of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., vol. 23 (2011).


“How Typical Were Your Ancestors? Carl Ludwig Richter and New York City’s ‘Little Germany,’” National Genealogical Society Magazine, vol. 37, no. 3, July-September 2011.


“Hazards of Histories: Nine Pitfalls to Avoid When Researching or Writing about Your Ancestors,” Family Tree, July 2011.


“Carl Ludwig Richter: Creator of Central Park’s First Sculpture,” The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vol. 141, no. 3, July 2010.


“Developing Family Narrative from Leads in Sources: The Case of James W. and Nancy Parberry,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol. 94, no. 1, March 2006.


“Tracking a Loner on the Move: J.W. Parberry Exposed by the Genealogical Proof Standard,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol. 93, no. 2, June 2005.


“Proving Family Lore on the High Seas: Births and Deaths at Sea, Stowaways and Jumping Ship,” Ancestry, January-February 2003.


“Hometown History: Finding Local History When There Is No Published Local History,” Family Tree, October 2002.


“At Home with Your Ancestors: Mounting and Displaying Family Heirlooms,” Family Chronicle, July-August 2002.


“Exploring Places that Are No Longer There,” Heritage Quest, March-April 2002.


“What Did They Look Like?: Painting Ancestral Portraits in Words,” Ancestry, March-April 2002.


“Turning Biographical Facts into Real Life Events,” Family Chronicle, January-February 2002.


“Noah B. Parker: Troublemaker or Conscientious Civil Servant? The Challenge and Importance of ‘Building Historical Context,’” Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, vol. 20, no. 1, 2001.


“Building Context around Biographical Facts: A Process Illustrated by the Backcountry Birth of George F. Ring,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol. 88, no. 4, December 2000.


“Jewish ‘Strangers:’ A Little-Known Source Brought to Light,” Mississippi River Routes, The Vicksburg Genealogical Society Quarterly Journal, vol. 8, no. 2, Winter 2000.


“Using Artifacts in Writing Family History,” Genealogical Journal (of the Utah Genealogical Association), vol. 28, no. 2, 2000.