Tuesday, February 26, 2013

From Simple to Complex: Applying Genealogy’s Standard of Proof to Your Work

As part of my continuing series where guest authors share reviews of courses at genealogy institutes, here Robert Raymond highlights one of the courses at the British Institute  which is sponsored by the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History.


From Simple to Complex: Applying Genealogy’s Standard of Proof to Your Work
Taught by Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Tom Jones is one of the great genealogists of our time. His course at the 2012 British Institute was one of the best I’ve ever attended. The course was adapted from his new book, Mastering Genealogical Proof. ** The book is in text book format with learning exercises. This was a great opportunity to learn the lessons as taught personally by the author. Tom stepped us through each interdependent element of the genealogical proof standard. I thought he had the right mix between lecture and exercises. I would recommend this course to anyone.

Be sure to bring your Eskimo coat. The classrooms downstairs are icy cold and hotel staff say it is impossible to balance the temperatures with the remainder of the hotel.

Robert Raymond, of FamilySearch

Note: This class will be offered at the 2013 British Institute with a title change: From Simple to Complex: Applying Genealogy’s Standard of Acceptability to British ResearchThomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Course description: Through hands-on activities, lectures, and discussions, participants will learn how to use widely accepted standards to measure their genealogical work’s accuracy and to assess others’ genealogical conclusions. In the process they also will learn about genealogical research planning, its implementation, genealogical reasoning, and the preparation of credible genealogical products. 

The 2013 British Institute will be held 7 – 11 October 2013 at the Radisson Hotel Downtown in Salt Lake City, Utah. Details on the four courses to be offered will be posted in the coming weeks.

** This new book is going to be published by the National Genealogical Society and will be released this coming April or May.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

BCG Workshop "Putting Skills to Work"

The Board for Certification of Genealogists is sponsoring their annual Education Fund Workshop the day before the NGS national conference, 7 May 2013, 8:30a.m.–4:30p.m. in Las Vegas. Registration is $110 and includes lunch. 

Beverly Rice, CG, and Connie Lenzen, CG, will lead this  six-hour, hands-on workshop entitled, “Walk in Your Ancestor’s Footsteps.” Attendees will participate in two sessions. Attendance is limited to 60, so register early! For more information, or to register, see  

Connie Lenzen,  cg, will lead a session on “Historical Context: More Than A Timeline.” The historical and geographical landscapes where our ancestors resided shaped how they lived, where they went to market, whom they met and married, where they recorded land sales and marriages, and the location of their final resting place. Connie Lenzen,  cg, former president of BCG and NGS director, is editor of the revised NGS American Genealogy: Home Study Course.

Beverly Rice,  cg, will lead a session on “The Path To Change And A Better Life—Migration.” Migration is more than a trail and the lives of a family; it is the growth of a country, the settling of a nation, and the creating of a history. Beverly Rice,  cg, lecturer on topics related to methodology, migration, women, and the western experience; conducts one-day seminars on methodology and record research.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

60% off Michael John Neill Webinars

For the next two days Michael John Neill, author of Casefile Clues, is offering a discount on all his recorded webinars. They are reasonably priced at $2.50 to $8.50 each for the download and handout, but with the discount they are one of the best bargains in genealogy. You can see his list of over 30 recorded presentations here:
Use coupon code "sixty" at check out to reduce your order by 60% through midnight 7 February 2013. Once you check out you can download the presentation immediately and view it as many times as you like.  The presentations are WMV files and come with a PDF handout. To "test" the media file and see if your computer can play it, download the second "Brick Wall from A to Z" webinar here for free.

To see the schedule of upcoming live webinars by Michael John Neill click here.