Turning Masses of Information into Useful Case Studies

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Making Genealogical Conclusions Readable, Understandable, and Credible

This session will address presenting the sifted evidence to make conclusions understandable and credible to readers (including editors!), using discussion, lecture, and exercises.

Harold Henderson, CG

 Don’t miss learning from Harold in his last public teaching event. 

Harold Henderson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) has been a professional writer since 1979, a professional genealogist since 2009, and a board-certified genealogist since 2012. He has given, received, and encouraged peer review, starting with a thirty-year stint as an in-depth feature writer for weekly publications in Springfield and Chicago, Illinois. He has published more than 100 genealogy articles, of which more than a dozen were peer-reviewed. He serves on the editorial board of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. In addition to the Record, he has been published in the New England Genealogical and Biographical Register, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the APG Quarterly, and publications in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Maryland, and Utah.

He has lectured nationally and mentored ProGen Study Group 33). He has served on the boards of both the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Board for Certification of Genealogists. 

With Kimberly Powell, he developed and taught for five years a popular institute course on writing proof arguments, “From Confusion to Conclusion.” He has been involved in five genealogical books:

In Court In La Porte: An Every-Name Index to the First Legal Proceedings in La Porte County, Indiana, 1833–1836 (2011);

* with Mary Leahy Wenzel and Dorothy Germain Palmer, La Porte County, Indiana, Early Probate Records, 1833–1850, including an every-name index to all those involved in each probate (2015);

* contributed a chapter on research procedures in Elizabeth Shown Mills, ed., Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (2018);

* as second author to Sunny Morton, How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records (2019); and

Mozley Migrations and Memories: Four Generations from Nottinghamshire to Pennsylvania, Ohio, the Midwest, Texas, Montana, and California (forthcoming 2020).

At any given time he would probably rather be researching and writing the downstream histories of his children’s unreasonably prolific Mozley, Thrall, Flint, James, Scholes, Cochran, Moore, Lowe, Andersson, Henderson, and Joss ancestors.     


Detecting, Assessing, Assembling, and Reasoning from Genealogical Evidence

Via hands-on activities, attendees will detect evidence, assess its independence and likely validity, resolve conflicts, and assemble the remainder into support for credible conclusions. 

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

Tom has pursued his family’s history since 1963. For the first twenty-five years he was clueless about what he was trying to accomplish and how to do it. When he started climbing the genealogy learning curve he repeatedly experienced the challenges, joys, and rewards of tracing ancestors reliably and of fully understanding their lives. Tom eventually became an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. His methodological specialty involves assembling all kinds of genealogical evidence to solve complex problems. His content specialties include Georgia, Ireland, New York, professional issues, and Virginia.

Tom is a former trustee and past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly from 2003 through 2018 and now serves on its editorial board. He wrote the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Documentation and Mastering Genealogical Proof and three chapters in Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards. He also served several terms on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Holder of two graduate degrees in education, Tom is a professor emeritus from Gallaudet University, where he designed and managed graduate programs, conducted research, and taught and mentored graduate students for twenty-seven years. Those experiences provided a springboard for Tom’s career as a popular speaker at national and local genealogical society conferences. He coordinates and teaches courses on genealogical documentation at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and genealogical writing at the Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research. He teaches classes also at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and its academy. Audiences and students consistently report learning much from his lectures and interactive classes.