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Work of Elizabeth Shown Mills

Subject: Re: Free Man of Color in Colonial Natchitoches, Louisiana
From: AfriGeneas@Lists.MsState.Edu

For what it is worth--and you probably already know
this--Elizabeth Shown Mills is one of today's leading
genealogists and authors of genealogical guides. She
is well known as a former president of the American
Society of Genealogists and recently retired as editor
of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly to
devote time to writing her first novel, Isle of Canes,
which was recently published in 2005. Her novel is
another view of the Cane River Creole community (also
narrated in Lelita Tameny's book, Cane River) and is a
particular interest of hers, since her husband is a
descendant from Cane River or has close ties there.
The book and related reports was researched for three
decades, so the material you've illustrated represents
many years of research and authorative documentation.

But, you are right: it would be useful if there was a
single repository for this and similarly scholarly
research summaries. Would that professional
genealogists would collectively create a library of
their summaries? Wouldn't that be wonderful!?!

For more information on Mills and her works, see:


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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