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Saturday, April 25, 2015

MGP3: Announcing our panelists

The following individuals have agreed to serve as regular panelists during our upcoming Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group 3 (MGP3): Dave MccDonald, CG, Sharron Newhouse, Sandy Williams, Molly McKinley, John Brugliera, Fiona Tellesson, and Betty-Lu Burton. Thank-you for this commitment to improving genealogical research methods. All find these peer-group discussion an invigorating way to learn. Cousin Russ will bring in comments from the community during our live Hangout on Air discussions, and as always, I'll serve as the opinionated moderator. As such, we're going to become quite good friends working through Dr. Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof together.

MANUAL Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof  (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013). [Book available from the publisher at , also available in Kindle format through] 

Homework for each chapter will be completed and published 2 days prior to each scheduled session. Care should be taken not to infringe on Dr. Jones' copyright. See item 4 below to review the video recorded with The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell. Basically, do not restate the question, and perhaps focus on one section of the homework that most speaks to you as regards your personal research practices. Post home homework in a blog or Google Doc, sharing the link within the DearMYRTLE community located at: for each session in question. Posts for each session are published about 1 week prior to each session.

Each chapter session will have it's own post with embedded hangout viewer within DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community where homework is posted at least a day prior to the Hangout on Air.

The panelists have just been invited to a private panelists-only community on Google+ where technical questions about attendance may be posted. This is also where the panelists will find the link to JOIN the filmstrip panel for each session. A private orientation will be held on Thursday, 30 April 2015 at 9pm Eastern, 8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6pm Pacific US Time Zones.

1. Purchase Mastering Genealogical Proof.

2. Review MGP Study Group 1 (US focused) videos:

3. Review MGP Study Group 2 (UK focused) videos:

4. Review MGP1 Study Group Copyright Guidelines

5. Equipment - Wired speed internet, a headset microphone and webcam.


Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

If you need a time zone converter, here's one DearMYRTLE recommends:

 Panelist Orientation will take place on Thursday, 30 April 2015 at 9pm Eastern, 8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6pm Pacific US Time Zones.
Study Group Sessions will be held Fridays as follows:
1 May 2015 – Chapter 1 - Genealogy’s Standard of Proof
8 May 2015 – Chapter 2 – Concepts Fundamental to the GPS
(break for NGS)
22 May 2015 – Chapter 3 – GPS Element 1: Thorough Research
29 May 2015 – Chapter 4 – GPS Element 2: Source Citations
5 June 2015 – Chapter 5 - GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation
19 June 2015 – Chapter 6 – GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence
26 June 2015 – Chapter 7 – GPS Element 5: The Written Conclusion
10 July 2015 – Chapter 8 – Using the GPS
31 July 2015 - Chapter 9 - Conclusion

Hangouts: Pay what you want. So it's simple. If you value the work Ol' Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates of DearMYRTLE study groups and Hangouts on Air, in addition to over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters in the next 12 months.
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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