Saturday, March 01, 2014

MGP2 - Chapter 2 Concepts Fundamental to the GPS

We're back this week with an in depth study of Chapter 2, Mastering Genealogical Proof where author Thomas W. Jones explains on page 6:

"All five parts of the GPS rest on our research questions, the sources we use to investigate those questions, the information those sources provide, and our use of that information as genealogical evidence."


1. Between now and Sunday's session, review MGP1: Chapter 2 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:
Sunday, 2 March 2014

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

Read each chapter in advance of the study group session, but don't attempt to do your written homework until the panel has discussed the chapter. 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 and 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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