Thursday, November 21, 2013



Ol' Myrt here did promise we would hold additional sessions, so here we go! The MGP Study Group 2 will begin in February 2014 to focus on Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA. We were quite happy with the use of the Google+ Hangouts on Air platform as our first series of MGP Study Group sessions were auto-archived on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel.
Now it is imperative that those who wish to JOIN as panelists let me know via return email Myrt@DearMYRTLE. It would be nice to have one or two of our previous panelists on board this time around, but it isn't necessary. It all depends on availability. Please provide the following information:

Full Name:
Public Email:
Google+ Name:
Blog URL:
Brief Bio: (about 50 words)
What you've been doing in the world of genealogy of late:


  • The opinionated moderator - DearMYRTLE
  • The helpful cousin - Cousin +Russ Worthington
  • 15 Panelists - JOINers with headsets and webcams 
  • Participants - Those VIEWing live via YouTube
  • Late Comers - Those WATCHING LATER via YouTube (archived version) 

BASICALLY all will "major" in the study of Mastering Genealogical Proof for the duration of this series. We're going to eat, sleep and breathe this project until we get it down pat. There are some revolutionary thoughts in this book that will be a paradigm shift for even some experienced researchers.This DearMYRTLE's MGP Study Group is not sponsored by the author or publisher of Mastering Genealogical Proof. The 10-session series is designed for genealogy researchers to study Dr. Jones' ideas in a positive, collaborative, peer-group setting. These methodology ideals can be translated into any locality or ethnic group research a genealogists is likely to encounter.

The MGP Study Group 2 will have one advantage: we can view the archived sessions of the initial MGP Study Group in addition to attending our own sessions.

DearMYRTLE's MGP Study Group #2 meets Sunday as follows:

Feb 16, 2014 - ORIENTATION
Feb 23, 2014 - Chapter 1 Genealogy’s Standard of Proof
Mar 2, 2014 - Chapter 2 Concepts Fundamental to the GPS
Mar 9, 2014  - Chapter 3 GPS Element 1: Thorough Research
Mar 16, 2014 – Chapter 3 Revisited
Mar 23, 2014 –   Chapter 4 GPS Element 2: Source Citations
Mar 30, 2014 -  Chapter 5 GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation
Apr 6, 2014 - Chapter 6 GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence
April 13, 2014 - Chapter 7 GPS Element 5: The Written Conclusion
April 20, 2014 – Skip this week due to Easter
April 27, 2014 - Chapter 8 Using the GPS and Chapter 9 Conclusion & Graduation

To be determined. If we have enough interest in a UK study group, we'll move the sessions from Sunday night to Sunday morning US time, to better accommodate the UK attendees.

JOINers will play a crucial role in this Study Group as they appear as "panelists" across the bottom of the HOA (Hangout on Air) screen, and will have control over their audio and video feed to the group. If you wish to be considered for a position on the panel, please let Ol' Myrt know via a comment to this post. Participants must be ready to:

  • Ensure a quality computer setup including reliable high-speed Internet access, near HD quality web cam and high-quality sound system. (Perhaps a headset?)
  • Commit to attend all scheduled sessions, logging in 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the Hangout on Air. (VIEWers will begin to identify with you.)
  • Sit in a quiet space, away from all distractions for the duration of the HOA. Be sure the background is presentable to the camera.
  • Communicate with other panelists in the private Google+ Community to which you will be added. This is where we clarify procedure.
  • Read the chapter prior to each HOA discussion. Be prepared to indicate two favorite sections of a chapter to discuss during each HOA. This is your chance to explain briefly how each section applies in your personal research.
  • Be alert to requests to cycle in and out of the panel during the live HOA. There will be 15 panelists, but only 10 can be in the discussion at a time. The changes can happen once or twice during each HOA.
  • Complete all workbook assignments by Friday after the scheduled chapter discussion, posting a link in the Google+ DearMYRTLE Genealogy Community under the specific post on that chapter.
  • Remember copyright standards when quoting any small portion of Dr. Jones' book. See: MGP Homework and Copyright for guidance here.
  • Review homework submitted by other panelists, providing feedback and comments.
  • Factor in time for all other panelists to respond and govern one's self accordingly.
  • Avoid self-promotion of products or services, except when providing links to one's blog where assignments are posted. If you need help setting up a blog, DearMYRTLE will help you one on one.
  • Reflect a kindly attitude and be eager for peer review of homework assignments.
  • Have fun learning from Dr. Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof, your fellow panelists and those commenting in the DearMYRTLE Genealogy Community on Google+.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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  1. DearMYRTLE,

    I am so glad you are going to organize another MGP study group :) I have been watching the first group on You Tube, and it has helped me tremendously. I can't wait to apply to be a panelist for the second study group!

    1. I've received your "official" submission. Thank-you for stepping up and being willing to serve on the panel. Cousin +Russ Worthington and I will make the decision by January 1st.

  2. Really would like to do this but I guess it depends on time. I could probably do Sunday evenings (USA) but one week a month I couldn't "guarantee" no distractions. Sunday mornings would not work for me as I'm a church goer.

    1. I look forward to your "official" submission, Genie. Ol' Myrt here literally throws a slip of paper in one of Mr. Myrt's hat to choose from among the submissions.

  3. I'd really like to do this also. It will begin after RootsTech.. hoping the times are in the evening on Sunday also.... I very much enjoy Cousin +Russ Worthington and +dear myrtle on Mondays.. makes my genea-week!