ARCHIVED: GenDoc Study Group Chapter 14


This week our panelists provided an example from their own research that relate to Chapter 14 – “Citing Images of Previously Published Material” from Mastering Genealogical Documentation by Thomas W. Jones, 2017 (Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society). [Available from the publisher at and in Amazon’s Kindle bookstore.]


  • Combined GenDoc Chapter14 Homework with DearMYRTLE’s Comments
  • Newspaper Archives (for Hilary’s homework)

It is particularly important when discussing documentation guidelines that we observe copyright. You will note our panelists typically compare and contrast the author’s idea with those of Elizabeth Shown Mills. We realize both authors provide guidelines, but it is up to individual researchers to adequately describe the type of record or artifact they are viewing and it’s context historically.


Joining a DearMYRTLE Study Group

I learned from a friend about the GenDoc Study Group, which hangs out on Wednesdays. I would love to join it when it starts up again, but have a few questions.

  • This one is held on Wednesdays. Any chance the next study group may be offered on another day other than Wednesdays? I volunteer every Wednesday and would love to join but can’t on that day.
  • What is the cost? 
  • How long does the GenDoc Study Group run? 

That’s about it. I will look forward to your responses.

Got some good news for you! The GenDoc Study Group is archived, so you may tune in anytime and view the hangouts, along with the links we mention. Here’s the link to the archive:

We are using Thomas W. Jones’ brand new book Mastering Genealogical Documentation, (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2017.) Softbound available from the publisher’s website Kindle format at Amazon here:

To answer your questions (and then some!)

  • The 2017 GenDoc Study Group live broadcasts are scheduled on Wednesdays Noon-1pm Eastern US time. They are recorded so others may view as schedules permit.
  • We have not planned to study this again in 2018. I think we will opt for a Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group, as it has been a few years since we held one.
  • There is no fee to participate in this or most other DearMYRTLE study groups. If you find a session or study group helpful consider our “Pay What You Want” option.
    In this way we are able to minimally compensate our panelists, provide game night give-aways and permit continuing education for Cousin Russ and Ol’ Myrt here.
  • As with most DearMYRTLE study groups, we plan to cover one chapter each week for a total of 17 weeks, with a little break in mid-December for the holidays.
  • The GeneaWebinars Calendar (including DearMYRTLE hangouts) is found here:
  • DearMYRTLE’s Hangout Calendar is found here:
  • On rare occasions, Ol’ Myrt may elect to add an additional session if a study group panel has difficulty with a chapter. This is our first time through this new book, so we will see how it goes.

There are two ways to participate: As a filmstrip panel participant and as a viewer.

Participants submit homework in advance, as do one or two of our viewers. Homework = a writeup about a portion of the chapter that particularly “speaks to the participant.” To avoid copyright infringement, we don’t use Dr. Jones’ workbook questions, but ask the participants to use examples from their own research. Ol’ Myrt prints out and comments on all homework submissions, then creates a .pdf file to share with all participants and viewers. Questions and comments from the viewers of the live hangout are curated by Cousin Russ who may elect to bring them to the panel participants’ attention.

Folks like you who wish to watch later, may locate the homework file in the typed comments accompanying each recorded study group session at

Thanks for writing, Mary, and good luck with your research.

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Myrt     🙂
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GenDoc Study Group – Chapter 1 Discussion


Cousin Russ and I are gearing up for Wednesday morning’s GenDoc Study Group where we will go over the homework submitted by our panelists for “Chapter 1 The Purpose and Nature of Genealogical Documentation”. Our syllabus material is found in Thomas W. Jones’ Mastering Genealogical Documentation. (1)

GenDoc Study Group – Chapter 1 homework (compiled)

GenDoc STUDY GROUP (60 minutes) Wednesday, 13 Sept 2017 ,  Chapter 1 – “The Purpose and Nature of Genealogical Documentation” from Thomas W. Jones’ Mastering Genealogical DocumentationThe live broadcast begins as follows:
Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles.

Sure you can watch the YouTube video embedded below, but why not go to to register.
You’ll then receive email confirmation and reminders with your personal link to view the video hangout.
You may comment before and during the live event, and watch the archived version anytime.

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You will note in the homework compilation linked above, Ol’ Myrt here has stripped out the individual syllabus references, added a uniform header and footer, and page numbers to facilitate our live discussion.

Those submitting homework have been advised “Due to copyright restrictions, participants may *not* post the questions from the book. Merely write about one part of the chapter that “speaks to you” and provide an example from your own research. When quoting Dr. Jones, merely incorporate a sentence or two in your homework, Thank-you.”

(1) Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Documentation, (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2017.) Softbound available from the publisher’s website Kindle format at Amazon here:

Happy family tree climbing!
Your friend in genealogy.


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 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!
Your friend in genealogy.