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.


AmericaGen Study Group: Call for Panel Participants

DearMYRTLE’s upcoming AmericaGen STUDY GROUP will feature panelists working to accomplish tasks normally completed by Ol’ Myrt here. What does this mean? We will be studying Researchers Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition by Val D. Greenwood, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.) As such we need a dedicated group of motivated panel participants willing to read a chapter and submit homework in advance of each of our MONTHLY study group sessions. In addition panelists will rotate working in small groups collating homework into a shared .PDF file, inserting comments and moderating the chapter discussion much as DearMYRTLE has done in the past. Don’t worry. Ol’ Myrt will work closely with you until you get the hang of it. Details follow the volunteer form link below.


Researchers Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition by Val D. Greenwood, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.) Available in paperback

Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central (Chicago), 10 am Mountain (Salt Lake City and Denver), 9am Pacific (Los Angeles)


Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Chapter 1 Understanding Genealogical Research
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Chapter 2 Language, Terminology & Important Issues
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Chapter 3 Surveying, Analyzing and Planning
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Chapter 4 Evidence
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 SKIP AmericanGEN Study Group
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Chapter 5 Libraries and the National Archives NARA
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Chapter 6 Reference Works
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Chapter 7 Organizing and Evaluating Your Research Findings
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Chapter 8 Successful Correspondence
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Chapter 9 Computer Technology and Family History
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Chapter 10 Family History on the Internet
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Chapter 11 Family History: Going Beyond Genealogy
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Chapter 12 Compiled Sources & Newspapers
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Chapter 13 Vital Records
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Chapter 14 Census Returns
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Chapter 15 Using Census Records in Your Research
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Chapter 16 Understanding Probate Records & Legal Terminology
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Chapter 17 What About Wills?
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 Chapter 18 The Intestate, Miscellaneous Probate Records and Guardianships
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Chapter 19 Local Land Records
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Chapter 20 Abstracting Probate and Land Records
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Chapter 21 Abstracting Probate and Land Records
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Chapter 22 Court Records and Family History
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 Chapter 23 Property Rights of Women as a Consideration
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Chapter 24 Church Records and Family History
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Chapter 25 Immigrant Origins: American Finding Aids
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Chapter 26 Military Records: Colonial Wars and the American Revolution
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Chapter 27 Military Records: After the Revolution
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Chapter 28 Cemetery and Burial Records


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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Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
Your friend in genealogy.

Announcing GenDoc Study Group Panelists


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

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.”

DearMYRTLE's Profile PicMyrt’s Musings

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 Kindle format at Amazon here:

Happy family tree climbing!
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 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.