Wednesday, November 09, 2016

ANNOUNCING: Genealogical Proof Standard Study Group (2017)

As a followup to our popular Beginning Genealogy Study Group, we are pleased to announce the Genealogical Proof Standard Study Group (2017) to be held Wednesday mornings starting 4 Jan 2017 at Noon Eastern US (New York time). Our syllabus material will be:

Christine Rose, Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case 4th Edition Revised, (San Jose, California: CR Publications) 2014.  [Available for under $10 at Amazon and other online book sellers.]

  • Chapter 1: What is the Genealogical Proof Standard? - Wednesday, 4-Jan-17 includes evaluation and assembling evidence.
  • Chapter 2: Building a Solid Case -Wednesday, 11-Jan-17 includes cautions and reaching conclusions in problem cases.
  • Chapter 3: Evaluating the Records - Wednesday, 18-Jan-17 includes what to do when getting "hung up".
  • Chapter 4: Case Studies - Wednesday, 25-Jan-17  includes analysis and summation.
  • Chapter 5 and Final Words - Wednesday, 1-Feb-17 includes the purpose of written summaries.

Cousin Russ and I would like 5-6 dedicated panelists willing to read each chapter and submit homework in advance of each study group session. Submit your application here:

Panel participants will attend a strategy session in the green room 30 minutes before a session goes live.

A post announcing panel participants will be posted the week of December 18, 2016.

Other members of our hangout community may submit homework, and we will elect to include their responses in our study group sessions when possible. These would typically run 4-5 pages in length depending on the embedded images of old documents.
1. Study each chapter a week in advance.

2. Decide on one concept within the chapter to illustrate with an example from your research.

3. Compose homework using the following style at the top:

Genealogy Proof Standard Study Group

Chapter One  -What is the Genealogical Proof Standard?
Your Name

Christine Rose, Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case 4th Edition Revised, (San Jose, California: CR Publications) 2014.

[Insert your response to a principle the author brings out in the chapter, including a few scanned images of documents used to make your point.]
4. Publish your homework in either blog or Google Doc format for study participants to review in advance.

5. Post the link to your homework in the DearMYRTLE hangout "unified chat" for the appropriate study group session. Note: Beginning in 2017, a month's worth of hangouts will be scheduled in advance. Look for a new post the Sunday prior to the beginning of a new month.Watch for these at:

NOTE: All study group participants are to strictly adhere to copyright guidelines. There is to be absolutely no reposting of author Christine Rose's sample case study. Quotations should be properly cited, and brief in nature since this book is only 56 pages in length. Anyone coming across your work would be referred to the book to evaluate your answers in context.

As with other DearMYRTLE hangouts, registration is required using either a Facebook, Google, LinkedIn or Twitter account. Google is required of panel participants. Beginning in 2017, Ol' Myrt here will begin posting hangout registration links on a monthly basis,m rather than weekly. You will find the links at:, then look for confirmation and reminder emails with your personal URL to join the session.

See you at RootsTech 2017. Register here.

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 DearMYRTLE Hangouts Calendar for upcoming study groups and hangouts. There you'll find links to the GeneaConference (in-person) and the GeneaWebinars Calendar with over over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.

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