Wednesday, February 9, 2011

SDGS Meeting on Saturday, 12 February: "The Genealogical Proof Standard and Doing a Reasonably Exhaustive Search"

The next San Diego Genealogical Society program meeting is Saturday, 12 February at 10 a.m. (Note:  this is a new time!) at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (8350 Lake Murray Drive, at the corner of Jackson Drive in San Diego).

The speaker for both sessions (at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.) will be Randy Seaver, a San Diego area genealogist.  The topic is "Finding Your Elusive Ancestor: The Genealogical Proof Standard and Doing a Reasonably Exhaustive Search."

The program description:

"Are you familiar with the five elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS)?  It deals with information, sources, evidence, analysis and proof, and was developed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG).  It is the "standard" methodology for professionals to prove assertions of genealogical facts.  The first element of the GPS is "to do a reasonably exhaustive search."

"In this presentation, Randy will explain the GPS, take a whirlwind tour through traditional and online resources that should be included in a search, discuss his favorite search strategies and techniques, and describe several case studies of his still elusive ancestors that demonstrate using the GPS concepts."

The speaker genie-ography:

"Randy Seaver is a native San Diegan.  His ancestry is mainly colonial New England and Upper Atlantic, with some colonial German, French and Dutch forebears, and several 19th-century English immigrants.

"Randy is a former President of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society, and is currently Newsletter Editor and Research Chair.  He speaks to Southern California societies, libraries and groups, teaches Beginning computer Genealogy adult classes at OASIS, and writes the Genealogy 2.0 column for the FGS FORUM magazine.  He is a member of NGS, NEHGS, SDGS, CGSSD and CVGS.  Randy blogs daily at Genea-Musings (, The Geneaholic ( and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe ("

I hope to see many of my genealogy friends at this meeting! 

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