Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tuesday's Tip - "Mastering Genealogical Proof" by Thomas W. Jones

This week's Tuesday's Tip is:  Order and read Thomas W. Jones new book, Mastering Genealogical Proof.  Then participate in a Study Group.

The National Genealogical Society announced publication of this book in a press release on 24 April 2013.

The description of the book says:

Mastering Genealogical Proof aims to help researchers, students, and new family historians reconstruct relationships and lives of people they cannot see. It presents content in digestible chunks. Each chapter concludes with problems providing practice for  proficiently applying the chapter’s concepts. Those problems, like examples throughout the book, use real records, real research, and real issues. Answers are at the back of the book along with a glossary of technical terms and an extensive resource list.

Thomas W. Jones, who has pursued his family history since he was fifteen, is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator.

  • Preface 
  • Chapter 1 - Genealogy’s Standard of Proof
  • Chapter 2 - Concepts Fundamental to the GPS
  • Chapter 3 - GPS Element 1: Thorough Research
  • Chapter 4 GPS Element 2: Source Citations
  • Chapter 5 GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation
    Chapter 6 GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence
  • Chapter 7 GPS Element 5: The Written Conclusion
  • Chapter 8 - Using the GPS
  • Chapter 9 - Conclusion
  • Appendix A - Pritchett Article
  • Appendix B - McLain Article
  • Glossary
  • Reading and Source List
  • Answers to exercises

See the PDF for the full list of contents. See also a sample exercise

Ordering Information:  You can order your copy of Mastering Genealogical Proof today. Order online (payment in full required at time of order).

Temporarily out-of-stock, but accepting back orders. Expected shipment date: 15 June 2013.


I ordered my book when the press release was published, and received it just before the NGS 2013 Conference.  

If you are interested in improving your genealogical research, analytical skills, and writing skills, and perhaps being a professional genealogist in the future, you NEED this book, you NEED to read it carefully, and apply the principles taught in this book.

What can you do once you get your book?  

1)  There are online Study Groups for this book - you can see more details about the groups at Angela McGhie's blog, Adventures in Genealogy Education. Here are links to learn about and join a "Gen Proof Study Group":

*  "Gen Proof" Groups to Study Mastering Genealogical Proof
*  Gen Proof Study Groups – How To Get In

There may be a waiting list for the Gen Proof Study Groups due to demand and mentor availability, and there will be homework required for members of each study group to perform and share with their peers in the group and their mentor.

2)  DearMYRTLE will start a weekly Hangout on Air (run through her Google+ DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community) and accessible on YouTube on the DearMYRTLE YouTube Channel.  The panelists are already picked, but anybody can VIEW the Hangouts on the YouTube channel live, or anytime after the event.  There is homework for this online study group.  Comments during the live event can be made in a stream thread on the DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community.

The live weekly Hangouts on air will be at 8 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. CDT, 6 p.m. MDT, 5 p.m. PDT on Sundays, starting 16 June 2013.  A VIEWer Guide video is available on YouTube here.  An orientation HOA was held last Sunday, and is available on YouTube here.

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Copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver


Anonymous said...

I would happily buy a copy at $30 for a non-member, but shipping to the UK costs $40 on top! So I'll just have to do without.

Anonymous said...

Mr Jones' decision not to include this as part of an ngs home study online course is one of the best decisions he ever made.

Tony Proctor said...

I know this is an old thread Randy but I tried to get a copy of this through Amazon.co.uk. Although it's on the US site, I don't want to incur international shipping costs either (as with 'Anonymous'). They've been messing me around for the last month and I've still no idea whether they'll stock it. They have the Kindle version but that's not practical for this sort of reference book.