Tuesday, 7 May 2019
Melissa Johnson and Nancy Peters will teach the BCG Education Fund Workshop on Tuesday, 7 May 2019, prior to the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2019 Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri.
Meeting Standards with Twenty-First Century Research Reports
Melissa Johnson, CG
Genealogical research reports should communicate research results and conclusions in a clear, efficient, useful, and accurate manner. The workshop will take an in-depth look at what it takes to develop a research report that meets standards. Discussion includes the use and purpose of a research report; different formats for research reports; a report’s necessary components; presentation of findings, analysis, and conclusions; documentation; clear writing and formatting; and professional appearance and delivery. Workshop participants will walk away with a better understanding of the necessary components of a twenty-first research report, increased genealogical writing skills, and concepts for improving research and writing efficiency.
Melissa A. Johnson, CG® is a New Jersey-based professional genealogist specializing in genealogical research; writing, editing, and publishing; using DNA to solve genealogical problems; and forensic genealogy. She focuses on researching families with roots in New Jersey, New York City, Pennsylvania, and the British Isles.
Melissa is editor of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey Newsletter and reviews editor of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. Melissa is chair of the Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Development Committee, and a member of the Board for Certification of Genealogists Webinar Committee.
Melissa serves on the faculty of the Boston University Genealogical Research Program, and has served on the faculty of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research, British Institute, and the Forensic Genealogy Institute. Her work has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, NGS Monthly, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, NGS Magazine, and numerous other publications.
Evidence Analysis: Theory, Practice, and the Real World
Nancy Peters, CG, CGL
Through discussion of case examples and hands-on activities, participants will learn methods for analyzing sources, information, and evidence to solve genealogical problems.
Incomplete analysis of evidence items often leads researchers astray and results in wrong conclusions. This session will set participants on the right path to proficiency in analysis of sources, information, and evidence. The three-prong approach to instruction includes the following topics.
- Theory: Understanding the nature of evidence, review of methods and tools
- Practice: Hands-on practice in analyzing documents in the context of a problem
- The Real World: Review and discussion of case examples
Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL, is a researcher, writer, editor, and lecturer specializing in problem solving; BCG trustee; incoming coeditor of NGSQ; and institute instructor.
Roster of Putting Skills To Work Instructors
Mary McCampbell Bell, CG. “Abstracting Records: Land Records,” 2003, 2004. “Abstracting Documents,” 2007.
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. “Spreadsheets 201: Manipulating Data to Dismantle Brick Walls,” 2016.
Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, FNGS. “Editor’s Ink: Writing for Genealogical Journals,” 2012.
Victor S. Dunn, CG. “I Rest My Case: Constructing a Convincing Proof Argument,” 2014.
Ann Carter Fleming, CG, CGL, FNGS. “Writing Family History: Style, Index, and More,” 2009.
Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL, FNGS. “Planning Research,” 2006. “Writing the Ancestral Story,” 2009.
Marty Hiatt, CG. “Writing Reports,” 2006. “Arguing: Writing Proof Summaries,” 2007.
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA. “Genealogical Documentation: What, Why, and How,” 2008. “Editing Your Own and Others’ Genealogical Writing,” 2012. "Citing All Kinds of Online Sources," 2018
Connie Lenzen, CG. “Historical Context: More Than A Timeline,” 2013. "Planning and Executing Reasonably Exhaustive Research; or, How to Ensure a Successful Hunt," 2018.
Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS. “Working with Documents: From Discovery to What Comes Next,” 2011.
Barbara J. Mathews, CG. “Writing Genealogical Narratives,” 2006. “Evidence Evaluation,” 2008. “Evidence Analysis, Correlation, and Resolution: The Heart of the Genealogical Proof Standard.” 2015.
David McDonald, D.Min., CG. “Reach for the Power Tools: Transcriptions & Abstractions,” 2016.
Sharon Tate Moody, CG. “In the Law Library: A Workshop on Legal Research for Genealogists,” 2011. “Passing Out The Property: A Workshop on the Probate Process,” 2014.
Nancy A. Peters, CG. “Make Your Case: Correlating Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems,” 2017.
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. “Tested Strategies for Efficient Research Reports.” 2015.
Beverly Rice, CG. “The Path To Change And A Better Life—Migration,” 2013.
Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG. “Abstracting Records for Accuracy and Success,” 2004, 2005.
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. “Synchronized Research and Reporting,” 2010.
Sara A. Scribner, CG. “Make Your Case: Constructing and Writing Proof Discussions,” 2017.
Kip Sperry, CG, FASG. “Reading Early Handwriting,” 2010.
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. “Planning Research,” 2006.
Roster of Special Workshop Instructors
Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL. “Genetic Genealogy: Effective Analysis and Correlation of DNA Test Results.” 2015.