Monday, November 29, 2010

New "Genealogical Problem Analysis" Quicksheet

There is a new Quicksheet available from Elizabeth Shown Mills entitled Genealogical Problem Analysis: A Strategic Plan. One side of the laminated sheet contains the basic premise that tough research problems can be solved with "thorough research, careful documentation, and sound analysis." The information found in sources needs to be analyzed and correlated with other evidence to reach a genealogical conclusion. Mills suggests "10 Steps to a Solution" and shares instructions on how to complete each step. The other side of the Quicksheet contains a "Life Stages Worksheet" listing the typical activities in a persons' life, from birth to burial. There is room to fill in the records found for each activity, and the potential records that could also be searched and correlated. For more information on each of the ten steps, and additional worksheets to complete the analysis process, consider taking Elizabeth Shown Mills' on Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University.

The new Quicksheet can be ordered from Genealogical Publishing Company or from the Board for Certification of Genealogists

The publisher's web site describes the new Quicksheet:
Offering a 10-step solution to genealogical problems, this new QuickSheet will help you leap the proverbial brick wall and save you hours of frustration. The outgrowth of a lifetime of professional experience, the 10 steps provide a systematic basis for problem solving unique to genealogy. When faced with an elusive person or missing or contradictory information, these steps will be your lifeline, helping you to resolve tricky problems related to sources, evidence, and proof.

The following QuickSheets were also created by Elizabeth Shown Mills:
QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources Evidence! Style
QuickSheet: Citing Databases & Images

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