Source Analysis Workshop: Learn How to Master Genealogical Documentation, Evidence and Reasoning in One Week

Genealogical research is like detective work: You have to collect evidence and evaluate your findings in order to draw conclusions about your family tree. You also have to deal with unreliable data, incomplete information and conflicting sources that can throw you off course. So how do you ensure the accuracy of your research?

Join professional genealogist Michael Hait for a week-long primer on the principles the pros strive for in their work — called the Genealogical Proof Standard — including the source citation and evaluation guidelines in Elizabeth Shown Mills’ definitive Evidence books and guides.

In addition to the videos and written lessons — which you can view on your own schedule — you’ll also do practice analysis to build your skills. After reviewing a research scenario provided by Michael, you’ll determine what conclusions can be drawn, then discuss the reasoning with Michael and other students on the message board.

By the end of this workshop, you will learn how to:
• Judge the reliability of the sources you use in your research
• Use source documentation to be a more effective genealogist
• Handle conflicting family tree information
• Draw sound conclusions from direct and indirect evidence


FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • Five 30-minute video classes and two written lessons on source analysis for one low price.
  • Get advice from expert Michael Hait on analyzing sources, and share your quandaries with fellow participants.
  • Unlimited viewing: Your all-access pass gets you into all videos and lessons throughout the week —you can even download the videos to watch again later or view ones you missed!
  • Make your own schedule: Because the classes are pre-recorded, you don’t have to show up at a specific time to catch the ones you want—or choose between sessions you’re interested in.
  • Message board discussions: Ask questions and share ideas to apply the research strategies you learn.
  • Convenience: Log in anywhere you can connect to the internet, at whatever times work for you.

 

Tuition:

$129.99

Suggested Additional textbooks:

Evidence!


Evidence Explained

Dates:

April 18-25


The Source Analysis Workshop: Learn How to Master Genealogical Documentation, Evidence and Reasoning in One Week workshop feature written lessons and video classes that explain how to confirm and affirm your genealogy facts step-by-step. With those instructions and coaching from instructor Michael Hait, you’ll also be able to participate in some source analysis exercises in which you are provided with a series of facts and must deduce which sources can be trusted. Michael will be on hand throughout the week to answer your questions and will workshop your source analysis via the message boards. You’ll also share ideas and get feedback from your fellow attendees. This workshop is an ideal opportunity to get the guidance you need.


WORKSHOP PROGRAM

Simple Tips for Solid Source Citations Video Course
Presented by Sunny Jane Morton
When it comes to genealogy, truth is in the proof. In this session, learn to give your research credibility and bulldoze brick walls with bona fide source citations.

Research Logs for the Rest of Us Video Course
Presented by Thomas MacEntee
From Captain Cook to Christopher Columbus, numerous noteworthy explorers kept comprehensive journals to document their adventures, so why should your genealogical expedition be any different? In this class, you’ll learn why you (yes, you!) need a research log and how it can help you make genealogical discoveries more effectively and efficiently.

Evaluating Your Sources Video Course
Presented by Sunny Jane Morton
Your research is only as strong as the quality of your sources. Learn to judge the reliability of records and deal with conflicting information to solve genealogy problems.

Resolving Conflicting Sources Video Course
Presented by Michael Hait
Great-great-grandma Esther’s death certificate says she was born in 1866, but 1868 is carved into her tombstone. The census lists your great-grandfather as Herman, while his military record says his name is Harry. How do you tell which source is right? Learn how to weigh the evidence to draw conclusions.

Family Fact or Fiction: Source Analysis Case Studies
Presented by Michael Hait
Genealogical research is like detective work: You have to collect evidence and evaluate your findings in order to draw conclusions about your family tree, as well as deal with unreliable data, incomplete information and conflicting sources. Ensure the accuracy of your research with the model outlined in these excellent examples.

Source Analysis: Using the Genealogical Proof Standard as a Foundation for Your Research Written Lessons
Developed by Charlotte Bocage
Reinforce the research principles and skills you’ve learned in the videos. These two lessons explain how to set research objectives, how to conduct an exhaustive search and how to evaluate the reliability of your sources.

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