Sunday, January 18, 2015

Beginning Genealogy Study Group - 21 Jan 2015

This week's study group session will begin with a discussion about exactly what physical and mental processes one must go through before adding a name to one's genealogy database, and attaching relevant documents. Our starting point comes from one of my DearREADERS:
"I look for documents that match, at least very closely, the information I have in my database, then attach the document to the ancestor and go on to the next document."

Ol' Myrt here recommends expanding on that research methodology, to embrace the "reasonably exhaustive search" from the GPS Genealogical Proof Standard. Let's say we are trying to determine the identity of the parents of a known ancestor. Even if there remains a single document that names those parents, our work is not finished. Many times there is no single document that tells the tale, sometimes two documents conflict. Sometimes we must infer relationships. Here are a few items we'll discuss during this study group session.
  1. Looking at the localities where known children were born and christened.
  2. Canvassing all surviving record groups for that locality, including items like land records and tax lists for all individuals with the same surname. Those records may not even mention family relationships.
  3. Determine the likely source of each information item in a single document.
  4. Determine the likely source of each information item in multiple documents.
  5. Dealing with conflicting information.
  6. Developing a profile of of each individual found in item 2 above.
  7. Determining if any "triangulation" of information items from multiple documents leads us to a conclusion about possible parents.
  8. Writing a summary of our findings, taking all information into account.
NO, it's not too late to join the study group. Just review previous sessions here:

An empowering 20-week genealogy class, using online syllabus materials, with sample documents from each record group discussed. 

Participants will review beginning research strategies including identifying what is known, deciding what to learn, selecting records to search, obtaining and searching the records, evaluating and using the information. Considerable effort will be made to provide screen shares of each record type. Although the focus is general United States research, these research principles and use of the FamilySearch Wiki can be applied to over ancestral studies in over 120 additional countries throughout the world, with additional regional (state, county, town, parish) wiki entries.


    FamilySearch Wiki, Principles of Family History Research, FamilySearch ( : Accessed 2 Jan 2015).
    FamilySearch Wiki, United States, FamilySearch ( Accessed 2 Jan 2015).
    FamilySearch Wiki, United States Records Selection Table, FamilySearch ( Accessed 2 Jan 2015).

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:

07 Jan 2015
14 Jan 2015
21 Jan 2015
28 Jan 2015
4 Feb 2015
(Break for 2015 FGS/RootsTech combined conferences)
18 Feb 2016
25 Feb 2015
04 Mar 2015
11Mar 2015
18 Mar 2015
25 Mar 2015
1 Apr 2015 (April Fools' Day, really!) :)
08 Apr 2015
(Break for 2015 NERGC)
22 Apr 2015
29 Apr 2015
06 May 2015
(Break for 2015 NGS Conference)
20 May 2015
27 May 2015
03 June 2015
10 June 2015

Post COMMENTS before, during and after each Study Group Hangout on Air here:

We are using Google+ Hangouts on Air for this study group, just as we use for Mondays with Myrt. We open the "green room" 15 minutes early if you'd like to test out your microphone and webcam. Consider JOINing the panel when we "scramble" to mix up the conversation a bit.

For this Beginning Genealogy Study Group, it isn't necessary to JOIN "the filmstrip panel" to participate. Some people are shy about appearing there, especially when just starting out. However, do post your comments or questions as mentioned above.

So turn up those computer speakers, and head on over to VIEW the live sessions, post COMMENTS before, during and after each session here:

If you miss a session, no worries! All Beginning Genealogy Study Group sessions will be archived in DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, as well as in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+ in the left, under "Hangouts - previous."


Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates for this and other 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 :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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