Registration is now open for two new Gen Proof Study Groups beginning in January 2015.
Gen Proof Study Groups are organized to study the book Mastering
Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones. This is an exceptional textbook
detailing the application of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). The
exercises will help you develop the skills you need to be comfortable
applying the GPS to your genealogy work. This study program will consist
of small groups of 10-20 members and a mentor who will guide the
discussions and answer questions.
Registration is now open for 2 groups beginning in January 2015.
Group 37 with Liz Stratton, PLCGS
Begin Date: 18 January
Format: Asynchronous Google+ with Hangouts
Frequency: One chapter every other week.
Hangout Thurs 9pm Eastern. Possibility for second Hangout time also.
Group 38 with Cari Taplin
Begin Date: 19 January
Format: Asynchronous Google+ with optional Hangouts
Frequency: One chapter every other week.
Study Group Platform
use a Google + private community as a platform for this study group so
there will be no expense involved to participate (other than the cost of
the book). You need a free Google + account. Each Gen Proof Study Group
has their own private Google + community where they can ask and answer
questions and discuss the book content and assignments.
Both mentors have selected the following format for their study groups:
Asynchronous discussion board -- The group will not meet at a designated
time but have ongoing discussions on a private Google + Community
discussion board throughout the week. The mentor will log on each day to
answer questions and highlight certain concepts, and participants
should check in daily also.
Frequency – These groups will
meet every other week for sixteen weeks. Please be sure you have time to
read the chapter and complete all of the exercises (these may take you
several hours) BEFORE each of your group discussions. You should plan on
studying and participating for about ten hours per week.
-- Please take into account any travel plans or large time commitments
before registering for a study group. You should plan to fully
participate in all of the group discussions and so should wait for a
future group if you have a vacation coming up or large projects you are
Completion Certificates – In order to encourage full
participation throughout the course, we are now offering completion
certificates to those who fully participate and complete the mentoring
program. In order to qualify you must participate in each of the
discussions and complete the exercises. In order for the group to be
successful we need full participation from each group member.
How to Register for a Group
you are prepared to make a commitment to the study group, then please email the following information to
email@example.com with the subject heading “Registration.”
Placement in discussion groups is on a first come first serve basis.
Group mentored by:
Preferred Email Address:
Google + username (usually an email address):
** The Google + account is necessary for the asynchronous discussion group.
you have been assigned to a group you will receive a confirmation
email. After your group fills, you will be contacted and given access to
the private Google + community for your group discussions.
BEFORE the start date of you group you should do the following:
1. Begin reading Mastering Genealogical Proof. In particular read the preface, chapters 1 and 2.
Read the two articles in Appendixes A and B. These articles will
require multiple readings in order to absorb the information and do the
exercises related to these articles. While the exercises don’t begin
until chapter 2, you will need the extra time to digest these articles.
If you are not familiar with the short article by Dr. William M. Litchman for learning how to read a National Genealogical Society Quarterly
article, you will find his method helpful. The articles in Appendix A
and B originally appeared in the NGSQ. The link to the Litchman article
discussions begin on the date designated. The first week / discussion
will begin right off discussing the preface and chapter one. The third
week / discussion will cover chapter 2 including the reading and
exercises, and will continue with one chapter every other week,
according the schedule set by the mentor.
Each group will
discuss key points in the reading and there will be opportunities to ask
questions on the reading material, exercises, and answers to the
exercises. Each mentor will highlight points they think are important
and guide discussions on the Genealogical Proof Standard and other
content in each chapter.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask your mentor, or email Michelle Goodrum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gen Proof Study Groups Administrator