Curriculum

"Establishing a Standard of Excellence"

DNA Night
Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Time Presenter Topic
2:30 pm* Blaine Bettinger Dodging DNA Dangers
4:15 pm Patti Lee Hobbs Problem-Solving with DNA – A Case Study
6:00 pm Kitty Cooper Solving Unknown Parentage with GWorks
*All stated times are Mountain Daylight Time. Please adjust based upon your individual time zone.

Conference
Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Time Presenter Topic
9:00 am* Judy Russell The Discriminating Genealogist: Telling Good Evidence from Bad
10:30 am Michael Hait Laying a Solid Foundation: Planning for a Specific Research Goal
1:00 pm Angela Packer McGhie History, Records, and Context: Researching the Locations Your Ancestors Lived
2:45 pm Michael Strauss Looking Beyond the Basics: Researching Land in Military Records
4:30 pm LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson Transcribing Documents: There Is More Than Meets the Eye
7:00 pm Gena Philibert-Ortega Social History - Bring Them to Life!
*All stated times are Mountain Daylight Time. Please adjust based upon your individual time zone.

Dodging DNA Dangers

Presented by Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD

DNA is a powerful tool for genealogists, but it is not without its dangers including small segments, pile-ups, and confirmation bias. Together we’ll not only examine these dangers, but we’ll learn ways to dodge the dangers!

Problem Solving with DNA -- A Case Study

Presented by Patti Lee Hobbs, CG

This presentation examines three (or four!) relationships that were either unknown or unproven from documentary research. Travel along as we embark on the journey of discovery using DNA and documentary resources.

Solving Unknown Parentage with GWorks

Presented by Kitty Munson Cooper

DNA is often the only key to solving unknown parentage cases. However, there is a tool that can assist in solving these cases. Kitty Munson Cooper walks you through the basic methodology for using DNA with unknown parentage by focusing on how to use GWorks from the DNAgedcom website with results from Ancestry’s DNA testing. This includes several new tools.

The Discriminating Genealogist: Telling Good Evidence from Bad

Presented by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

The “best evidence” rule in law requires the presentation in court of an original rather than a copy, and a copy won’t even be admitted if the original is available. In genealogy, our rules require us to do the same: to discriminate, choose in favor of, prefer certain types of evidence to others, certain bits of information to others, certain sources to others.

Laying a Solid Foundation: Planning for a Specific Research Goal

Presented by Michael Hait, CG, CGL

How we begin our research prepares us for success. Attendees will learn how to write a strong research question, evaluate our previous research, and create thorough research plans.

History, Records, and Context: Researching the Locations Your Ancestors Lived

Presented by Angela Packer McGhie, CG

 

Looking Beyond the Basics: Researching Land in Military Records

Presented by Michael Strauss, AG

 

Transcribing Documents: There Is More Than Meets the Eye

Presented by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL

The first component of the Genealogical Proof Standard is the conduct of reasonably exhaustive research, preferably using original records. Especially for periods before the 20th century, the emphasis on original sources will require the transcription of handwritten records as the first step in analyzing a record's content. Using a variety of documents, this course will cover selected Genealogy Standards, including those relating to the accuracy, completeness, and analysis of background context of a document.

Social History -- Bring Them to Life!

Presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega