The recordings of the Reisinger Lecture series, a 6-class series taught by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and broadcast live last Friday from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, are now online at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG. Taught by genealogy's elite educators (Elizabeth Shown Mills, Martha Garrett, Judy Russell, Karen Stanbary, Melinda Henningfield and Rick Sayre), the classes are free to view through Friday, September 13 or available anytime with an annual webinar membership.
Reasonably Exhaustive Research: The First Criteria for Genealogical Proof by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
Tracking a project from start to finish, this session demonstrates the principles of reasonably exhaustive research and how much is required to prove identity and parentage.
Finding Immigrants Who ‘Disappeared’: A Research Approach Based on Recognizing and Challenging Assumptions by Martha J. Garrett, PhD, CG
Many families have stories about relatives who disappeared. Typically, these relatives left their homes and immigrated to another country, but somewhere along the line they seemed to vanish. Although apparent disappearances can be caused by holes in the historical records, assumptions made by genealogical researchers are often the cause. Consequently, a research approach focused on recognizing and challenging these assumptions can lead to positive results. Specific examples in this presentation are taken primarily from an article series about disappearing Swedes being published in the Swedish American Genealogist, but the principles apply to all immigrant groups.
Share and Share Alike: The Rules of Genealogical Privacy by Judy G. Russell, JD,CG, CGL
Genealogy by its very nature is collaborative-we need to work together and share information with others, both relatives and non-relatives if we're to succeed in filling out our family trees. But doing family research doesn't mean giving up all semblances of personal privacy, nor is it a license to invade the privacy of others-family or not. All researchers need to follow the rules, both legal and ethical, when we share genealogical information.
Details of New and Modified DNA-Related Standards by Karen Stanbary, CG
Karen will summarize the process undertaken by BCG to create new and modified DNA-specific standards. She will provide an outline of the new standards with emphasis on how they help genealogists meet the Genealogical Proof Standard for conclusions about genetic relationships. The lecture will include some examples illustrating research and writing strategies she uses to meet the standards.
How to Write a Case Study that Meets the New Standards for DNA: As Codified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists by Melinda Henningfield, CG
Mary Jones was female, landless, illiterate, and poor in Arkansas in the mid-nineteenth century. Her husband left her for another woman, her parents and many of her siblings left her for California, and the local courthouse burned to the ground destroying most of the evidence of her life. Mitochondrial and autosomal DNA evidence supports Mary’s inferential connection to her parents and siblings. How then do we write a case study about Mary that meets the new DNA standards.
Reconstructing an Entrepreneurial Woman’s Life: From Family Intrigue to Water Rents by Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
Appling the principles of reasonably exhaustive research, the project demonstrates both the process to document the life of a nineteenth century German immigrant from her ancestral village to Allegheny City, Pennsylvania and illustrates how this woman, who was a single parent most of her life, employed her strong entrepreneurial spirt to provide for her family. Both traditional and more obscure urban sources are employed.