Problem-Solving Techniques
  • Genealogical Problem Solving: Professional Techniques for Everyday Success

    Learn about useful and effective techniques to identifying and solving your genealogical problems & seemingly ‘brick walls’ from moving your research forward.

  • Documenting Your Roots: Avoiding Perennial Problems of Poor Source Referencing

    It seems to be a genealogical axiom that beginners and intermediate genealogists refrain or don’t know how to make good source referencing. There is a direct correlation of poor source documentation to sloppy genealogical evaluations and decisions – avoid these pitfalls.

  • Preponderance of Evidence Principle: How to Establish a Case When No Documents Seem to Solve the Problem

    Learn how to use either the Preponderance of Evidence (POE) principle and the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) to establish a well evaluated case when no documents ‘seem’ to solve the research problem directly nor indirectly.

  • Genealogical Correspondence: Who, What When, Where, and Why

    Receiving replies on genealogical correspondence can be hit & miss at the best of times. From the onset of your genealogical research, learn about the nack of writing effective genealogical correspondence by understanding — the who, the what, the when, the where and the why – forgetting results out of your correspondence almost every time.

  • Tracing Your Ancestor Through Migration Patterns

    How many of us have lost track of our ancestors during the process of genealogical discovery? Learn ways of tracing your ancestors thru migration patterns to try and ascertain what became of them. Understand reasons for their migration, how they migrated during the times, and why they migrated to the place they ended-up.

  • Who Said I Had to Know Latin! A Summary of Latin for Family Historians & Genealogists

    Prior to the 17th century, most of the known Christian world used Latin to create documentation; it was the way of the church and it was the Protestant and Catholic church members who did most of the writings. From this lecture learn some important Latin for use by family historians and genealogists to get one thru these early record collections.

  • Getting Started With Your Genealogical Research and Staying Organized

    As a beginner, learn methods for starting your genealogical research and keeping organized, for effective strategies in doing so from the onset will propel you into become an efficient researcher, evaluator, and documentor.

  • Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop

    Learn from this workshop techniques for beginning your family history research project, and methods for staying on-track with it.

  • Advanced Genealogical Research Techniques and Getting the Most Out of Your Investigations

    Once you understand genealogical research and have been conducting it for some time, learn now some very advanced genealogical techniques for getting the best results out of your investigations. Learn the practices of forensic study to deeply analyze why people did what they did and the decisions that they made in better understanding the best avenues for moving your research forward and beyond those ‘brick wall’ obstacles.

  • Armchair Genealogy: Practicing Effective Long-Distance Genealogical Research

    In the 21st Century, no more than now, is it possible to conduct your genealogical research primarily via never having to leave your home. So many resources – primary and secondary and circumstantial – have been digitized and placed online. Practice effective long-distance genealogical research by knowing how to conduct effective online searches thru knowing resources and strategies.

  • Evaluating Your Evidence Along the Road and Avoid Taking the Wrong Path

    One of the prime steps in the Preponderance of Evidence principle or Genealogical Proof Standard is evaluating your evidence, so to avoid taking wrong paths and making incorrect assumptions or assertions. Learn methodologies for effective evaluation of your genealogical evidence.

  • They Had to Call Us Something – Clues to Family Names

    Meander thru a discussion of first and family names to understand why our parents may have named us what we are and how to understand naming patterns & conventions for many of our British and European ancestors. Learn nicknames that may help you uncover additional birth names to search out during your research phase of your genealogical project.

  • Citing Your Sources and the Standards for Acceptable Genealogical Documentation

    Learn methodologies for citing your sources during your research and many of the standards genealogists follow for creating acceptable genealogical documentation so that it is meaningful and so someone else can re-find your documented record.

  • “Proof” vs. “Evidence” – Evaluation of Historical Information

    With this lecture, learn the difference between ‘proof’, ‘evidence’ and ‘information’ when it comes to evaluating historical information and creating an effective Preponderance of Evidence (POE) or Genealogical Proof (GPS) analysis.

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