At the Mesa Family History Expo 2008 held in November, I presented “Navigating Research with the Genealogical Proof Standard.” On February 27, I will be presenting it again at the 5th Annual St. George Family History Expo 2009. I am seeking feedback from those who attended my class in November as well as those who have viewed the presentation slides online:
This is an exciting week for family historians and genealogists in the Phoenix area as the 1st annual Mesa Arizona Family History Expo will start this Friday, November 14th. As a resident of Phoenix, I’ve thought for a long time that Arizona would be a great place to hold a family history conference (especially in the fall and winter months) and I am happy to see that one is coming. If all goes well this year, then we can look forward to the sponsors, Family History Expos.com, returning again for many years to come.
On Friday and Saturday I will be attending classes and visiting the booths in the exhibit hall. On Saturday at 2:30pm in the Palo Verde II room, I will be presenting:
Navigating Research with the Genealogical Proof Standard
(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.
I hope that you can make it to the presentation. If any blog readers are attending the conference and you happen to see me, then come say “hello.”
Until then, I will be counting down the days.
In the last two and a half months alone, the original Genealogy Research Process Map post received 500 pageviews. Version 2 of the map has only a few changes. Besides fixing two typos, the arrows separating the 6 process steps where moved up next to the step headers. I did this to help it look more like a timeline. Looking at the map, there are three main “rows”: the circle diagram, the process timeline, and the process details. The idea is to start in the middle of the diagram to understand the steps in the process: Define, Search, Cite, Analyze, Resolve, and Conclude.
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.
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.