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On September 26: Sydney F. Cruise Dixon

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Lecture 1: Analyzing Documents and Sources for Genealogical Research (Part 1)

In order to conduct quality genealogical research it is critical to completely understand the documents and sources that your ancestors left behind. However, many researchers only focus on the data in a record that answers their immediate interest. At best, this hasty research practice misses other valuable pieces of information, and, at worst, this behavior may cause the researcher to completely misinterpret the information contained in the source. In the first part of this program we will discuss the key elements of genealogical sources, information, and evidence. We will break down the necessary methods to properly analyze and interpret the information contained in your family's records. We will discuss how the storage of a record can affect the credibility of its contents.

Lecture 2: Analyzing Documents and Sources for Genealogical Research (Part 2) - Forming Sound Genealogical Conclusions and Maximizing Indirect Evidence

In the second part of this program we will look at case studies in order to examine the more sophisticated issues of source evaluation. We will look at the research methods necessary to extract all the information contained in genealogical sources.  We will explore how to assemble and combine pieces of information from various sources to form sound genealogical conclusions and maximize indirect evidence.

On October 24: Kimberly F. B. Bucklaw

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Lecture 1: Genealogy Online Part I: Smart Searches and Critical Thinking

Over the past 25 years, Ancestry.com and FamilySearch have made it increasingly easy for people to find their roots, and as a result, genealogy has skyrocketed to the #2 most popular hobby in the US. Together, these two “genealogy giants,” alone, have made available online historical records numbering in the billions. Add to that all of the materials that are being posted to the internet daily by lesser known commercial and non-profit entities, and the online research opportunities become endless. For even the most seasoned researcher, the vast amount of information on the web can be overwhelming. In this lecture, we will discuss the different types of online sources you should be consulting, what kind of records or information you might find, and finally, how to analyze and evaluate your findings so that you can effectively and accurately advance your research. 

Lecture 2: Genealogy Online Part II: Tips and Tricks for Maximum Results

Through several case studies we will learn, step by step, how to use various online sources (subscription and free) in conjunction with one another, to solve genealogical mysteries. We will also highlight best practices and methodologies for searching, analyzing records, and evaluating quality of data, as well as using Ancestry.com family trees to record and organize your work.

The event will take place virtually via Zoom. Join us from the comfort of your own home! 

You will only need a desktop, laptop, tablet, phone, or other mobile device capable of running Zoom as well as high speed internet. Most devices are capable of running the software. Please see the Zoom's website for details.

The event schedule will be:

9:30 – 10:30 AM - Lecture 1 with Q/A

10:30 – 10:45 AM – Break

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM – Lecture 2 with Q/A

For more information, call: 610.344.6763