Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum
 
Coordinator: Angela McGhie and Kimberly Powell
 
This hands-on course is an opportunity for advanced genealogists to put their research skills into practice. Participants will work on at least five complex genealogical research problems—a new one each day. Each case will require careful evidence evaluation and/or additional research to solve. The objective is to give each student experience in conducting research on complex problems, analyzing and correlating evidence, and reaching conclusions. The research problems will be varied, offering students the challenge of stretching their mind and skills in directions that their research may not normally take them.

Participants will work individually on the cases to analyze documents and evidence provided, and research online and at the Family History Library. The first case study will be distributed Sunday at orientation, and then class will meet from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. This will be an opportunity to discuss the case with fellow classmates and the expert instructor. Participants will compare strategies and methodologies used, discuss difficulties encountered, and receive guidance from the case study author. Students will learn from each other as well as the instructors.

This course is designed for advanced genealogists who have sufficient experience and education to work on complex genealogical problems.
 
Cases for 2013 will be all new and presented by:
  • Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
  • Stefani Evans, CG
  • William Litchman, Ph.D., CG
  • Mark Lowe, CG
  • Jay Fonkert, CG