Announcing GenDoc Study Group Panelists

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The following brave souls have volunteered to be panel participants for the upcoming GenDoc Study Group. Each will take Dr. Thomas W. Jones’ newest book, Mastering Genealogical Documentation, chapter by chapter and post examples from their own research to illustrate points that speak to them. Sessions will begin 13 Sept 2017 at Noon Eastern. Registration will be available shortly before at http://hangouts.DearMYRTLE.com

Marceline Beem “I have been researching my own family for 20 years, and have researched pro bono for several friends in the last 5 years. Most of my family is in the southeastern U.S., but I do have one line that goes to the Midwest and New England.”

Blaine Bettinger “I need to work on documentation! – I have been a genealogist for 25+ years, and a genealogical professional for 8+ years.”

Claudia Breland “… To get more out of the book, and practice with specific examples. I have the book and have been reading and studying – it’s enormously helpful in my work as a professional genealogist. – I first became interested in family history in 1974, when I was 20. I became a professional genealogist 8 years ago, and have been constantly learning and growing since then. I work with clients, I do genealogy presentations in Western Washington, and I have written books.”

Cary Bright “Started in 1997, as keeper of the last of the family ephemera for my father. Married into a Norman family and I am the only family historian. Love the research and learning to be a much better record keeper. GPS panel member 2015.”

Melinda Culpon “Continue learning. – Have been researching and trying to find more and correctly document information.”

Sheri Fenley “I am almost ready to go “on the clock” again with BCG and feel this will help me quite a bit. I consider myself a professional genealogist but want to become certified and then go for accreditation with ICAPGEN. Need just a bit more education mostly for self-confidence.”

Hilary Gadsby “Want to reflect the subject from the point of view of someone who is using largely sources in the UK. To illustrate that this book is relevant wherever you are carrying out your research. – I have been researching for about 17 years. When I started very little was on the internet. Research consisted of speaking to relatives and following up leads with ordering documents and visiting archives and libraries. I am an amateur who has learnt from others by reading and sharing research strategies. I also recently started a one name study.”

Lisa Gorrell “Creating citations is fun! Being on the panel is rewarding and an honor. Been researching own family over 20 years. Taking clients the past two years. Working towards certification.”

Valerie Eichler Lair “I need to read and study the book. There’s no better way than to “finally” be on a panel. Plus, DearMYRTLE twisted both my arms behind my back! – I am a professional genealogist and have conducted research since 1989.”

Dave Robison “It’s a matter of continuous improvement and self-education. This interactive format is productive and one that I enjoy being a part of. – Beginning in the late 90s, I searched for answers to my family background never offered to me growing up. After making a surprising number of discoveries on my own, I began to assist a few friends and other family members in their own research.”

Mary Jane Saylor “Board member of the Utah Genealogical Association. Served on the SLIG committee as assistant registrar and marketing coordinator. Attend most institutes and conferences, been researching for 30+ years.”

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We have more than 10 panelists to allow for absences. Viewers may complete homework assignments, though priority will be given to discussion of panel participant’s submissions.

Please reference the syllabus and include your name at the top of each homework assignment. Post homework in a blog or public Google Doc and post the link in the hangout for the appropriate chapter’s study group session. Also take care to observe the book’s copyright restrictions.

Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Documentation, (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2017.) Softbound available from the publisher’s website www.ngsgenealogy.com. Kindle format at Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Genealogical-Documentation-Thomas-Jones/dp/B0743HCD4T

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.


For Further Reading

GenDoc Study Group: Call for panelists

Mastering Genealogical Documentation by Thomas W. Jones will be the subject of our 2017 fall semester study group. As such we need a dedicated group of motivated panel participants willing to read a chapter and submit homework in advance of each study group session. The book is also available in Kindle format here.

Participants will review Dr. Jones’ homework examples but will post examples from their own research to illustrate points outlined in the focus chapter that speak to them.

  • UPDATE: Panelists will be announced shortly.
  • To appear as a panel participant, each must have reliable wired internet, a headset mic and earphones, and a webcam.
  • Google accounts are required for login.
  • Panelists meet in the green room 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of each study group session.
  • Each panel participant will be added to a private Facebook group for back-channel discussions about attendance and other items not moving the chapter discussion forward. (This keeps the hangout’s unified chat free of off-topic discussions.)
  • Homework may be posted in a blog or a public Google Doc by noon Eastern on Monday prior to the Wednesday study group session.
  • Homework must include the author’s Google account name, and appropriate citation referencing Dr. Jones’ book at the top.
  • Each week Ol’ Myrt will compile and scan the complete set and upload a .pdf for all attendees to view.
  • All links will be posted at http://hangouts.DearMYRTLE.com in the appropriate chapter hangout’s unified chat.

All sessions will be held at noon Eastern, 11am Central, 10am Mountain and 9am Pacific.

Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017
Chapter 1 – The Purpose and Nature of Genealogical Documentation

Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017
Chapter 2 – Noncitation Aspects of Genealogical Documentation

Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017
Chapter 3 – Citation Settings, Forms and Shortcuts

Wednesday, 4 Oct 2017
Chapter 4 – Assembling Components into Clear Citations

Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017
Chapter 5 – Capitalization, Italics, Punctuation and Other Citation Subtleties

Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017
Chapter 6 – Determining a Source’s Publication Status

Wednesday, 25 Oct 2017
Chapter 7 – Issues in Citing Source Titles, Descriptions or Both

Wednesday, 1 Nov 2017
Chapter 8 – Authors, Creators and Informants

Wednesday, 8 Nov 2017
Chapter 9 – Citing Absent, Hidden, Obvious, and Perplexing Dates for Sources, Information and Events

Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017
Chapter 10 – Citing Numbered, Grouped, and Subgrouped Offline Sources and Information Items

Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017
Chapter 11 – Answering the Wherin and Whereis Citation Questions for Online Sources

Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017
Chapter 12 – Identifying Offline Publishers and Repositories

Wednesday, 6 Dec 2017
Chapter 13 – Citing Original Online Content

Wednesday, 132 Dec 2017
Chapter 14 – Citing Images of Previously Published Material

(December break)

Wednesday, 3 Jan 2018
Chapter 15 – Citing Images of Previously Unpublished Material

Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018
Chapter 16 – Multiparty Options for Citing Images

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018
Chapter 17 – Documenting on Your Own

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All too frequently researchers encounter undocumented online trees or compiled genealogies without nothing more than a slight nod to the source of information. We can do nothing more than use such ill-prepared family histories as a possible clue.

In fact, I rarely look at an online tree unless it is with the hope of finding original document sources of information I’ve not previously encountered.

Ol’ Myrt here heartily agrees with the publisher’s description of Dr. Jones’ book:

“Without adequate documentation, a well-researched family history or tree looks like fiction. Mastering Genealogical Documentation teaches genealogists how to cite all kinds of sources clearly, completely, and accurately—including sources for which no model citation exists.”

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.