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Chat About Methodology With Shannon

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At the National Institute for Genealogical Studies we occasionally have virtual meetings where our students are the focus of the session.

Are you interested in taking either Methodology-Part 3: More Strategies, Methodology-Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording, or Methodology-Part 5: How To Prove It but not sure what to expect? Shannon Bennett discusses with Gena Philibert-Ortega her experience with these courses. Join Gena and Shannon for a special student discussion on Monday, July 27th at 2:00 PM EDT. You will have the opportunity to ask Shannon Bennett about these courses.

Time zones:
Monday, July 27th – 2:00 PM Eastern; 1:00 PM Central; 11:00 AM Pacific; 7:00 PM in London, England;
Tuesday, July 28th – 4:00 AM in Sydney, Australia

MEETING LOCATION: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/methodology/
(NOTE: No user name or password required. Please type in your first and last name; then click “Enter as a Guest”.)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:
Methodology-Part 3: More Strategies
The objective of this course is to teach you how to manage your genealogical project.

Methodology-Part 3: More Strategies consists of an intensive study of types of information and how to gather it. We shall look at how to organize the information, the research process, and even your genealogical office. Strategies for planning your project and for using original records complete the course.

Methodology – Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording
The objective of this course is to teach you how to effectively search and record your information.

Methodology-Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording deals with what to look for in the main sources and how to record it. We then discuss the many methods of synthesizing your research results for presentation and preservation.

Methodology – Part 5: How To Prove It
The objective of this course is to teach you how to make an effective research plan. It builds on the skills learned during the basic and intermediate level Methodology courses.

Methodology-Part 5: How to Prove considers in depth the many possibilities and pitfalls involved in proving your pedigree in a professional manner. The first two modules on Theory concentrates on the meaning of proof in genealogy, delves deeply into sources, information and evidence and concludes with construction of hypotheses and theories. The third and fourth modules are involved with Technique including pedigree analysis, family reconstruction, use and abuse of indexes, negative proof, documentation and the phenomena of serendipity and intuition. The final modules are devoted to Problem Solving where we learn how to deal with problems with starting information, assumptions, problems with records, conflicting evidence, name changes, finding the right parish, migration, age problems, illegitimacy, bigamy & other marital anomalies, female ancestors and the disappearance of paupers. This comprehensive treatment prepares the student exceptionally well for the research process.

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If you have not attended a Virtual Meeting before, read the Instructions available at www.genealogicalstudies.com/instructions.pdf. If this URL does not open, please go to www.genealogicalstudies.com, click on Information in the top menu bar, and then Virtual Learning Room in the drop down menu. The link to the Instructions (in PDF format) will be at the top right of the page (you may need to scroll over to the right side of the page).

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