I will be presenting at the Family History Expo 2008 held in Mesa, Arizona on November 14-15. The Expo is organized by My Ancestors Found. My presentation is currently scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. and is titled: Navigating Research with the Genealogical Proof Standard.
Here is the short course description:
(Beginner – Experienced) This class discusses the Genealogical Proof Standard and walks the student through the process by way of a visualization called the Genealogy Research Process map. Each step is explored through case study and uses traditional and online resources.
This is the first time that a conference by My Ancestors Found is being held in Arizona. This is exciting as it will be about an hour drive from where I live. It is a bonus that I get to present.
I encourage all that can to attend this conference. If you are interested, attend my presentation. At the very least, say hello if you see me.
Soon after posting the Genealogy Research Process map, I was contacted by Bob Coret about translating it into Dutch. Bob took charge of the entire effort and enlisted the help of the Family Tree Forum (Stamboom Forum). With the help of about 8 volunteers the map was translated, reviewed, and corrected. My part of the project was easy as I simply copied and pasted the translations and as needed reduced the font size to fit the longer words. The team did an excellent job and I want to congratulate them for their efforts. I hope the translated map will be very useful to you for many years.
downloadable PDF (Dutch) – 8.1 MB
Last week I had the honor of being interviewed by DearMyrtle for her 4 March 2008 podcast. We discussed the Genealogy Research Process map in detail with specific examples at each step. The interview lasted about 38 minutes and was fun to do. I was a little nervous at first, but Ol’ Myrt put me at ease very quickly. I very much enjoyed the time talking to her during the interview and afterwards. Hopefully we will cross paths this week at the 2008 Computerized Family History & Genealogy Conference at BYU.
Note: Due to some technical difficulties, the podcast is temporarily available here.
Earlier this week, Drew Smith and George G. Morgan (The Genealogy Guys) spent 9 minutes of their podcast discussing the Genealogy Research Process map. Their discussion starts about 26 minutes into the podcast. I am a long time listener of The Genealogy Guys and am pleased that they are spreading the word about the map. Both George and Drew were very kind in their remarks about this visualization based on the work of The Board For Certification of Genealogists and Elizabeth Shown Mills.
DearMyrtle has honored a question I posted on the APG mailing list and the many good responses with the BEST of the Internet for Genealogists Award: Most Interesting Thread for the week ending 24 February 2008.
Myrt writes in part:
The public genealogy mailing list of APG, the Association of Professional Genealogists, has recently discussed a topic proposed by ThinkGenealogy.com’s Mark Tucker who asked: [APG] How Widely Used is the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS)?
When I posted the question to the APG list, I was in the final stages of developing the Genealogy Research Process map and was wondering what kind of reception it would receive. It has been well received.
Thank you Myrt for the recognition.
The Genealogy Research Map (downloadable PDF – 11.4 MB) combines the concepts found in The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and the many works of Elizabeth Shown Mills into a single visualization. It is my hope that others will find this map useful as a learning tool or reference.
For those interested in a format for use as desktop wallpaper, follow this link.