Monday, July 03, 2017

Don't Panic! Review The Written Conclusion Study Group instead


While it's true there are no DearMYRTLE hangouts this month, don't panic. Ol' Myrt here has a suggestion for you. What can you possibly do in place of Mondays with Myrt in July 2017? Spend the time reviewing The Written Conclusion Study Group (four 90-minute sessions) and reading Chapter 7 from Thomas W. Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof  (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013). [Book available from the publisher here and in Kindle format, described here.]

What IS a "written conclusion" and why should family historians care?

A written conclusion isn't something typical fill-in-the-blank genealogy software prompts us to compose, yet it is mission critical if we aim to climb the right family tree.

One writes a conclusion about any sort of genealogical breakthrough as it is quite simply a summary of why one believes an ancestral "fact" to be true.

The word "fact" is in quote marks, because as Elizabeth Shown Mills writes "Facts always have other facts lurking in their shadows." Source: It's a Fact. No Discussion Needed. Or Is It?  (www.EvidenceExplained: viewed 15 June 2017.)

You'll find the The Written Conclusion Study Group sessions on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, embedded here:

Extra Credit

Aside from learning it's all about explaining your thought process in narrative format, participants may compose written conclusions based on each session's topic.

  1. Follow along with the four weekly hangout sessions.
  2. Incorporate the principles Dr. Jones presents in Chapter 7 as mentioned above.
  3. Compose a written conclusion based on your own research. 
  4. Make sure to include your name on the top of the page.
  5. Include reference material as follows:

    Reference Material
    Jones, Thomas W., "The Written Conclusion" 
    Mastering Genealogical Proof,  (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013). 
    Richley-Erickson, Pat. Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group, DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel ( : viewed July 2017).

  6. Publish your conclusion in blog or public Google Doc format.
  7. Submit only 1 conclusion per week as follows:
    Week 1: Proof Statement
    Week 2: Proof Summary
    Week 3: Proof Proof Argument
    Week 4: Clear Writing (take one of your previous proofs and rewrite following Dr. Jones' advice.) 
  8. Register each week's write-up here: 

Each entry makes the participant eligible to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card to be awarded during our next Mondays with Myrt #genealogy hangout, 7 August 2017. WOW! 

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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