Analyzing NGSQ articles with MGP Principles Study Group
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 $75 for the year. For this price, you will get a monthly study group session for about one hour with your peers, led by Cari Taplin. You will receive the discussion questions about 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, so no outside noise!
Your commitment is to come prepared to discuss the questions (or simply show up and listen). We 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. It is also highly recommended that you have a copy of Mastering Genealogical Proof. Due to copyright, we cannot provide copies of the articles to you.
We will meet on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm Eastern (so make your time zone conversion). Usually it is the first Tuesday of the month but double check the schedule below. The current schedule will be as follows:
- Jan 4 – Mary Kircher Roddy, CG, “Charles Olin and Charles Melville of Nebraska, Montana, California, Oregon, and Nevada: One Man or Two?” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 108 (December 2020): 277–295.
- Feb 8 – Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, FASG, FNGS, “Backtracking Longstanding Errors to Prove Negatives: William Templeton’s Alleged Pennsylvania Military Service and Mahoning County, Ohio, Burial,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 109 (March 2021): 5–28.
- Mar 8 – Nicki Peak Birch, CG, “A Birth Family for Moses W. Shields of Hardin County, Tennessee, and Spartanburg County, South Carolina,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 109 (March 2021): 55–64.
- Apr 5 – Ruth Randall, CG, “Discovering Kin for Washington Graham of Arkansas and Missouri,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly109 (September 2021): 165–174.
- May 3 – Rachal Mills Lennon, CG, FASG, “Southern Strategies: Merging Identities by Mapping Activities and Linking Participants—Solomon Harper of South Carolina’s Lowcountry,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 107 (September 2019): 165–184.
- Jun 7 – Pam Pracser Anderson, CG, “A Family for William Kesey of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and California,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 109 (June 2021): 111–125.
- July 5 – Ricki King, “A Father’s Lynching and Multiple Maiden Names: Ida King of Ralls County, Missouri, and Des Moines County, Iowa,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 109 (March 2021): 29–44.
- Aug 2 – Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FNGS, FASG, “Louis Monet’s Daughters Dorothée and Dorothée: Sorting Tri-Racial Roots of Two Same-Named, Previously Merged, Colonial-Born Freedwomen,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 109 (June 2021): 85–110.
- Sep 6 – Mary G. Burdick, “A Father for Joel Wooley of Ohio, New York, and New Jersey,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 109 (September 2021): 175–188.
- Oct 4 – J. H. Fonkert, CG, “Geo-Genealogy Leads to a Birth Family for Mrs. Dena Gerloff of Ringgold and Lee Counties, Iowa,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 109 (June 2021): 127–139.
- Nov 8 – Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, FNGS, “John Porter Langdon: One of Four Brothers to Settle in California,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 109 (September 2021): 217–236.
- No class in December
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 we’re 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
- You know what the Genealogical Proof Standard is
- ***The above are not requirements just ways to help you decide if you are ready.
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!
To register for Tuesdays 1:00 pm Eastern (led by Cari Taplin): Click Here