This week we’re taking either your Proof Summary or the Proof Argument and sprucing it up in a segment called Clear Writing. This is something we tend to overlook. Since we don’t have a built-in ‘editor-butler’ to do the sprucing up, we’ll have to do it ourselves.
“Don’t Panic! Review The Written Conclusion Study Group instead” was posted at my old blog. This is the last week to study 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.] Dr. Jones refers to the GPS (Genealogical Proof Standard) summarized at the Board for Certification of Genealogists website here: http://bcgcertification.org/resources/standard.html
Dr. Jones lists 12 bulleted items starting on page 90 of his book. The hardest one for me is “Letting the evidence speak for itself, we keep ourselves in the background.” Oh, there are other good pointers about consistent verb tenses and transitioning between paragraphs. Here’s what our filmstrip panelists had to say about their clear writing exercise.
Luckily Dr. Jones states his ideas for improving our writing quite a bit more kindly that our 8th grade grammar teachers. And since we’re reading, there are no rulers tapping on desks of nearby students. Again, I digress, something I’m sure Dr. Jones would prefer I chose not to do.
My clear writing should not include details about the trip to the courthouse and the great restaurant around the corner on Main Street. There should be no ‘Next I looked’ or ‘Then I thought’ statements. My father would insist on no hyperbole exagerations or embelishments.
This is a professional report about hard won information, so naturally I want to compose my work in a professional manner.
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