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Course Three — Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis

Course Coordinator

Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL

Registration time is Eastern time zone

Description

Building on the basics taught in Course 1 (Methods and Sources) and Course 2 (Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies), Course 3 is designed to develop and foster advanced skills by concentrating on problem-solving techniques. Its focus is on the proper application of the Genealogical Proof Standard (as explicated through BCG’s Genealogy Standards, 2014 version) to a wide variety of record types to solve complex research problems. Where beginning genealogy students need to learn what records exist to accurately identify their families, and intermediate genealogy students need to learn where records may be found, particularly those not readily available online, advanced genealogy students need to learn how to use records in ways that may be neither intuitive nor obvious to bridge the gaps left by time and record loss. Thus, the course has three fundamental objectives:

  1. that students develop an understanding of the elements of advanced methodology;
  2. that students develop a deeper understanding of the sources employed in advanced genealogical research; and,
  3. that students begin to understand some of the problems involved in and research techniques designed to solve problems in complex or unique research domains.

Required textbooks, prerequisites, or other student information 

  • Completion of IGHR Course 2, Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies;
  • or completion of the SLIG course Advanced Genealogical Methods,
  • or the GRIP course Advanced Research  Methods, coordinated by Thomas W. Jones;
  • or completion of the 16-lesson NGS home-study course, American Genealogy (“graded” option, only);
  • or completion of the PLCGS program (Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies) from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, University of Toronto
  • or completion of the Genealogy Certificate program from Boston University;
  • or certification by BCG; or accreditation from ICAPGen;
  • or a research paper submitted to and approved by the course coordinator. The paper will be due March 1, 2018.

Course Schedule

Sunday

 
  8:00 – 8:30 Introductions (Russell)
  8:30 – 9:45 Fundamentals of Genealogical Evidence (Russell)
  9:45 – 10:15 Break
  10:15 – 11:30 Reasonably Exhaustive Research (Russell)
  11:30 – 1:00 Lunch
  1:00 – 2:15 Mining the Documents: Evidence Analysis (Russell)
  2:15 – 2:45 Break
  2:45 – 4:00 When the Records Conflict (Russell)
  4:00 – 4:15 Break
  4:15 – 5:30 Citation: Understanding the Material, Knowing Where to Find It (McDonald)

Monday

 
  8:00 – 8:30 Citation Homework Review (McDonald)
  8:30 – 9:45 Reach for the Power Tools: Transcriptions & Abstractions (McDonald)
  9:45 – 10:15 Break
  10:15 – 11:30 Legal Foundations of Genealogy (Russell)
  11:30 – 1:00 Lunch
  1:00 – 2:15 Finding the Record You Don’t Know Exists, UGA Main Library (Johnson)
  2:15 – 2:45 Break
  2:45 – 4:00 The Goldmine in Government Documents, UGA Main Library (McDonald)
  4:00 – 4:15 Break
  4:15 – 5:30 Government Documents Walkthrough, UGA Main Library (McDonald / Russell / Library staff)

Tuesday

 
  8:00 – 8:30 Transcription Homework Review (McDonald)
  8:30 – 9:45 Local Land Records: Analysis, Correlation & Interpretation (Russell)
  9:45 – 10:15 Break
  10:15 – 11:30 Rural Research Strategies (Rencher)
  11:30 – 1:00 Lunch
  1:00 – 2:15 Research Strategies: Female Ancestors (Johnson)
  2:15 – 2:45 Break
  2:45 – 4:00 Research Strategies: The Poor and Landless (Russell)
  4:00 – 4:15 Break
  4:15 – 5:30 The Ethics of Genealogy (Russell)

Wednesday

 
  8:00 – 8:30 Government Documents Homework Review (McDonald)
  8:30 – 9:45 Federal Land Records: Analysis, Correlation & Interpretation (McGhie)
  9:45 – 10:15 Break
  10:15 – 11:30 Probate Records: Analysis, Correlation & Interpretation (Jones)
  11:30 – 1:00 Lunch
  1:00 – 2:15 Colonial Research Strategies: Overseas Records (Rencher)
  2:15 – 2:45 Break
  2:45 – 4:00 Urban Research Strategies (Strauss)

Thursday

 
  8:00 – 9:15 DNA Evidence: Analysis, Correlation & Interpretation (Russell)
  9:15 – 9:30 Break
  9:30 – 10:45 Case Study: Correlating Evidence (Russell)
  10:45 – 11:00 Break
  11:00 – 12:00 Where to from here? (Russell)
     

Course Faculty

Event Details

Event Begins 02-Jun-2018 9:00 am
Event Ends 07-Jun-2018 12:00 pm
Registration Begins 13-Jan-2018 11:00 am
Registration Ends 06-May-2018 11:55 pm
Remaining Seats 6
Early Bird Price $560.00 (Until 10-Mar-2018)
Full Price $600.00
Location
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 S Lumpkin St Athens, GA 30602 United States
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
$600.00 6

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