Course Three — Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis

ExpiredCourse Three — Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis

  • Course Three — Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis
    July 21, 2019 - July 26, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm

[Registration begins 11:30 am ET – 08 March 2019 / Maximum: 30 students]


  • Please read IGHR’s Tuition and Payment and Refund Deadlines prior to registration.
  • All courses come with a digital syllabus, entry to evening sessions, Sunday evening reception, and Thursday dinner buffet.
  • Purchase a printed syllabus and meal tickets in My Accounts.

Course Coordinator

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL


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:

  • that students develop an understanding of the elements of advanced methodology;
  • that students develop a deeper understanding of the sources employed in advanced genealogical research; and,
  • 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. Note: The 16-lesson American Genealogy course is not the current American Genealogical Studies (AGS) program.);

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 the IGHR Director and approved by the course coordinator. The paper will be due April 1, 2019.

Course Schedule

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


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


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


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


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


Course Faculty

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Melissa A. Johnson, CG

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

David McDonald, DMin, CG

Angela Packer McGhie, CG

David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA

Michael L. Strauss, AG