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Fundamentals IV: Prove It!

Show me where you found it. Show me that it is a perfect fit. Genealogists want to see the evidence. How do you prove it! What are the details? A record link can show us where you found it. Better still you could learn how to cite a record so we can find it again. A family story might be true and accurate but where are the records? This class will show you easy ways to show the data without being boring. After all, how many Jacob Cohens lived in New York City between 1888 and 1910? How do you know which is yours? Just because you saw it on someone’s tree, can they prove it?

Prerequisites: Students will work with one person or one family of interest only. To get the most out of this course, the student must have enough data to begin to document the proofs. This might include original vital records, such as birth, marriage and/or death certificates.

Course Materials: a family tree or computer file(s) with information on person or family of interest.

Course Description: This class can be stand alone or taken as part of the Fundamentals Series. For efficiency in genealogical research, we follow the Genealogical Proof Standard. Sources and methods will ensure that your facts fit.

  1. What is Data Collection?
  2. What are sources?
  3. What methods are used to analyze data?
  4. When is information evidence?
  5. What is needed to "prove" your case?
  6. The five elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard
  7. How does basic searching match proof standards?

Format: We are proud of our unique personal mentoring courses which feature an online FORUM where you'll be encouraged to post one ancestral branch (one surname), set goals for your research, and work one-on-one with the instructor. Our forum has no scheduled times as our students are international, enabling everyone to read/view/post at leisure. Class members will be invited to participate in a weekly ZOOM session to discuss questions about the lessons, search strategies and record analysis.

Send your questions to Nancy Holden, Instruction Manager.

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