FC 66 A Discussion with Elizabeth Shown Mills

This week on Fieldstone Common our featured guest is Elizabeth Shown Mills, best known as the author of Evidence Explained. In this episode we will be having a discussion on slavery, race, research and writing centered on her two books, Isle of Canes and The Forgotten People which both focus on Cane River’s Creoles of Color.


Elizabeth Shown Mills is an internationally acclaimed historical researcher and writer who has spent her life studying American culture and the relationships between people–Elizabeth Shown Mills on Fieldstone Commonemotional as well as genetic. Featured on BBC, CNN, PBS, and other networks in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, she has been widely cited as “the genealogist who has had the most influence in the post-Roots era.”

Her 13 prize-winning books range from reference works such as Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace to the historical novel, Isle of Canes, which chronicles a family of freed slaves across four generations, and is drawn from Mills’s own research in the archives of six nations. She is also the editor of Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians.

In 2011, Elizabeth Shown Mills launched an academic website called Historic Pathways that houses digitized versions of articles she has published. The site broadcasts her fascinating and important work to a worldwide audience.

You can also follow Elizabeth on the Evidence Explained Facebook page and the Evidence Explained website.

Book Summary

Isle of Canes and The Forgotten People both focus on the Cane River’s Creoles of Color. The Isle of Canes is a fictional account and The Forgotten People is an academic work of non-fiction. Both provide and exceptional view into the lives and culture of the Creole people of Louisiana.

Book Info – The Forgotten PeopleThe Forgotten People by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Title: The Forgotten People: Cane River’s Creoles of Color

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press (Nov. 2013)

Trade paperback; 416 pages with bibliography, index, end notes and a photo essay.

The Forgotten People is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

Book Info – Isle of CanesIsle of Canes by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Title: Isle of Canes

Publisher: Turner Publishing (2006)

Trade paperback; 583 pages.

Isle of Canes is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

The Interview

In this interview we get into a discussion about the complexity of slavery, race, religion and culture and then segue that into a discussion about research and writing.

Prize Winners

Five books by Elizabeth Shown Mills were given out to the Fieldstone Common audience courtesy of the publishers – Turner Publishing, The Louisiana State University Press and the Genealogical Publishing Company.

The winners are:

The Forgotten People – Brenda Lybbert of Washington

Isle Canes – Lori Lynn Price of Massachusetts

Evidence Explained (3 winners)

  • Libbi Crowe of Florida
  • Crystal Cuelho of California
  • Bill Nelson of Massachusetts

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to Turner Publishing, The Louisiana State University Press and the Genealogical Publishing Company for their generosity in donating the books!

Make sure you qualify to win the giveaway next week by signing up for the Bonus List! Once you sign up your are in the running each week!

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Christmas (& Evidence Explained) is coming early this year!

What could be better than hearing Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, FASG on Fieldstone Common?  Hearing Elizabeth Shown Mills and winning one of her books!

The Give-away

This week I will be giving away FIVE books by Elizabeth Shown Mills:

How to win

In order to win any of the books you must already be signed up for the Fieldstone Common Bonus List (the mailing list).  It just takes a second – sign up here. You can submit entries for all three books (though you’ll only win one) if you like just fulfill the individual requirements (below) for the books. All submissions must be completed by 5pm EST on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

The Isle of Canes and The Forgotten People

Elizabeth Shown Mills

To win the single copy of either Isle of Canes or The Forgotten People send me an email through the contact form about why you would like to win one of these books.

Evidence Explained

Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Evidence Explained sells for $56 on Amazon.com.  I’d like to give the books out to people who don’t already have a copy of it so I won’t be picking randomly from the mailing list.

To win one of the three copies of Evidence Explained (after you’ve signed up for the Bonus List) you can do one of three things:

  1. Leave a rating & review on the Fieldstone Common iTunes page (if you use a pseudonym on iTunes be sure to email with your name so I know who left the review!)
  2. Tweet about the Interview and the interview link from your twitter account.  (You can use this link: http://www.fieldstonecommon.com/elizabeth-shown-mills-thursday/ Of course you can shorten it!). Please copy @FieldstoneComm on your tweet.
  3. Share the interview link (see above) from your Facebook or Google+ page. I’m not sure how I will know if you’ve posted to Facebook unless you friend me but we will figure it out.

Preference will be given to those who leave ratings on iTunes!

Enjoy! I am going to have so much fun giving these books out!



Elizabeth Shown Mills – this Thursday!

Elizabeth Shown Mills on Fieldstone CommonWhen was the last time you heard Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, FASG in an interview available to everyone across the internet? She has been a regular at the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research at Samford as well as a speaker at national genealogy conferences but otherwise she partakes less frequently in public appearances or interviews.

You’ll have the opportunity this Thursday (November 21, 2013) in an interview right here on Fieldstone Common.

Our discussion will focus on taking your underlying research and applying that to your writing projects.  We are going to frame the discussion in a historical comparison of Northeast slavery with slavery in Louisiana.  Then we will take a closer look at her two books, Isle of Canes (a novel) and The Forgotten People: Cane River’s Creoles of Color (a non-fiction work) that are based on the same research. This will help us segue into how the same research can be applied to multiple projects to achieve your writing goals.

It’s going to be a tremendous discussion so be sure to reserve some time to listen in.  The interview will be available Thursday morning by 6:00am EST.  You can listen by coming back here to the website or by tuning in on iTunes or Stitcher (for Android).

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