Thursday, February 20, 2014

MGP2: Chapter 1 meets Sunday 23 Feb 2014

Ooops! We skipped the "Orientation" session last Sunday whilst Mr. Myrt explored the inner workings of the ER at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Though we still haven't resolved his health challenges, one thing's for sure -- this Ol' Myrt is ready to talk about Mastering Genealogical Proof, Chapter 1 specifically.


1. Between now and Sunday's session, review MGP1: Orientation located here:

2. Between now and Sunday's session, review MGP1: Chapter 1 located here:

3. For VIEWing and COMMENTing before during and after this live MGP2 - Chapter 1 session go here:

Here's our scheduled start time:

10am Eastern (New York)
9am Central (Chicago)
8am Mountain (Salt Lake City, Denver)
7am Pacific (Los Angeles)


Don't attempt to do your homework until the panel has discussed the chapter in question. We are on the honor system here. No need to check in with Ol' Myrt. In fact, Dr. Jones has provided answers at the end of the book.

Instructions for VIEWing and COMMENTing  during future sessions will be announced each week in DearMYRTLE's blog, and are also available in the Calendar.

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. Those archived versions appear on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel located here:

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

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

NOTE 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.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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