NGSQ/MGP Study Group – Monday Afternoon Session

Analyzing NGSQ articles with MGP Principles Study Group

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This is a monthly study group that will examine one National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) journal article per month as posted on the website NGSQ Study Groups. We will study these articles with a focus on principles taught in Mastering Genealogical Proof (MGP) by Tom Jones. We will discuss topics on the genealogy standards, evidence analysis and correlation, writing, citations, and more. The cost is $50 for the year. For this price, you will get a monthly study group session for up to two hours with your peers, led by me, Cari Taplin. You will receive the discussion questions at least two weeks prior to the online meeting. There will also be a private Facebook Group for mid-month discussion. This Facebook group will be limited to study group participants only, no outside noise!

There will be no individual feedback given unless you want to sign up for a private consultation session. There will be no required peer feedback, except for what you choose to post and receive in the FB group. Your commitment is to come prepared to discuss the questions (or simply show up and listen). I believe the benefit you will get out of a class is equal to the effort you put into it.

Please Note: You must have access to these articles either by being a member of NGS or from your local library. You will also need to have a copy of Mastering Genealogical Proof. Due to copyright, I cannot provide copies to you.

We will meet on Mondays (usually the first one of the month) at 2:30 pm Central (so make your time zone conversion). The current schedule will be as follows:

The current schedule will be as follows:

  • Jan 6 – Introductions and Course Intro
  • Feb 3 – Darcie Hind Posz, “Reexamining the Parentage of Anderson Boon of Lincoln, Marshall, and Obion Counties, Tennessee,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 107 (September 2019): 201–217.
  • Mar 2 – Worth Shipley Anderson, “John Stanfield ‘as he is cald in this country’: An Illegitimate Descent in Eastern Tennessee,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 106 (June 2018): 85–101.
  • Apr 6 – Mary Kircher Roddy, “John C. Ahern a.k.a. John Lockren of Sonoma and Alameda Counties, California: Who Were His Parents,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 107 (September 2019): 219–230.
  • May 11 – (I’ll be speaking at a conference the week before) – Sharon L. Hoyt, “’Her Sixth Matrimonial Venture’: The Many Marriages of Ida May Chamberlain,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 106 (September 2018): 217–238.
  • Jun 1 – Trish Hackett Nicola, “Two Deaths of Arthur J. Crim of New York, Iowa, Washington, California, Missouri, and Oklahoma,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 107 (June 2019): 125–136.
  • July 13 – (I’ll be attending GRIP the week before) – Melinda Daffin Henningfield, “A Family for Mary (Jones) Hobbs Clark of Carroll County, Arkansas,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 107 (March 2019): 5–30.
  • Aug 3 – Jill Morelli, “DNA Helps Identify ‘Molly’ (Frisch/Lancour) Morelli’s Father,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 106 (December 2018): 293–306.
  • Sep 14 – Labor Day the week before – Karen Mauer Green and Birdie Monk Holsclaw, “Beginning at a Black Oak…: Hackenberger Evidence From a Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Neighborhood Reconstruction,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 100 (June 2012): 105–22.
  • Oct 5 – Morna Lahnice Hollister, “The Kennedy-Burns Family of South Carolina and New York,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 106 (December 2018): 245–262.
  • Nov 2 – Mara Fein, “Was Dr. Isaac Teller of Dutchess County, New York, and New York City a Patriot of the American Revolution?” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 107 (June 2019): 111–124.
  • Dec 7 – (I have a conflict the week before) – J. H. Fonkert, “A Parental Family for Thomas Tidball of North Molton, Devon,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 106 (September 2018): 181–196.

This is meant to be an INTERMEDIATE discussion group, not a beginner or advanced. If you aren’t sure if you fall into that category here are some possibly helpful descriptors to help you decide (all or none could apply but this is the type of group I’m aiming for):

  • You’ve read NGSQ articles and generally can follow them (I’m not asking if you fully understand them, but they aren’t “Greek” to you either)
  • You own Mastering Genealogical Proof (or at least know what it is and will buy a copy before this class starts)
  • You own or have access to a copy of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills
  • You’re interested in certification or accreditation and have participated in one of Jill Morelli’s Certification Discussion Groups (CDG)
  • You know what the Genealogical Proof Standard is.

If you aren’t sure, send me an email and we can discuss it further.

To keep the discussion manageable and allow everyone a chance to speak, class size is limited to 25 participants, so sign up now!

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