Always Anxiously Engaged

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Lauritzen - My Chapter Two Homework Assignment

Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia) : National Genealogical Society, (2013), 6. Book available from Publisher at:
MGP Study Group
Chapter Two Homework

1.  Who are the parents of Philip Pritchett?

2.  a.)  Which county was Philip Pritchett live in when he brought suit against Moses Baker?
     b.)  Is there a relationship between the two men named Lewis Pritchett?

3.  a.)  Who are the parents of Charles D. McLain?
     b.)  What happened to him after his divorce from Ida?

4.  a.)  Were Ida and Emma married to the same man?
     b.)  Could Charles D. McClain and David McLain be the same man?

5.  a.)  Who are the parents of Amanda Steele, who is married to Joseph P. Walker?
     b.)  When did Joseph P. Walker die?
     c.)  Where is Joseph P. Walker buried?

6.  Is Joseph Walker of Greenup County, Kentucky the same man as Joseph Walker of Boyd County, Kentucky?

7.  Does Joseph appear as a taxpayer in either county?

8.  a.)  Willis M. Kemper, Genealogy of the Kemper Family
     b.)  William Gerald Rector, Loggers and Logging
     c.)  Thomas W. Jones, Merging Identities Properly
     d.)  Donn Devine, The Common Law of England

9.  a.)  1810 Census, Montgomery County, Kentucky
     b.)  Fairfax County, Virginia Order Book
     c.)  Fairfax County, Virginia, Record of Surveys
     d.)  Stafford County, Virginia Deed Book

10.  a.)  Nellie Schreiner-Yantis, 1787 Census of Virginia
       b.)  Beth Mitchell, Fairfax County Road Orders
       c.)  George Harrison Sanford King, The Register of Overton Parish
       d.)  Joan W. Peters, The Tax Man Cometh

11. There is a smaller chance of errors when using original records.

12.  Order the birth certificate from California.

13.  I don't feel comfortable answering this particular question, as it may entail using too much information from the book, therefore violating copyright.

14.  Same as #13.

15.  Same as #13.

16.  Same as #13.

17.  It takes more than once source to answer the question.  Combining  different sources allows comparison.

18.  When we ask a specific question, we are on the lookout for the specific answer.  It is important to record negative results.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Lauritzen - My Chapter One Homework Assignment

Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia) : National Genealogical Society, (2013), 6. Book available from Publisher at:
Chapter 1 - Homework

1.  What is genealogy?
In Dr. Jones own words, it is a research field concerned primarily with accurately reconstructing forgotten or unknown identities and familial relationship in the past and present.

In my own words, it involves all of the family history involved in genealogical research.  Some may only want to do a straight-line pedigree, but I feel that it encompasses more than that, for most of our ancestors were not only children.  They came from families, they had siblings, many had extended family living with them or near them, and many suffered tragedies.

And, most importantly, it involves being able to source the information that is found.  If it is not properly cited, it is legend.

2.  What are the GPS's five elements?

  1. Thorough searches in sources that might help reliably answer a research question.
  2. Informative citations to the sources of every information item contributing to the research question's answer.
  3. Analysis and comparison of the related sources.
  4. Resolution of any conflicts between evidence and the proposed answer to the research question.
  5. A written statement, list or narrative supporting the answer.
3.  You have shared your family history with someone who wants you to omit all the proof statements, proof summaries and proof arguments, including explanations of reasoning and documentation.  How do you reply?

Again, it becomes a genealogy based on legend, and thus, no credibility.  

Just as there are standards in the genealogy world, we must also adhere to the standards we have set for ourselves.  Once our undocumented work becomes public and is 'out there', there's no retrieving it.  It may have information added to it or taken away from it.  It can perpetuate from one internet site to another, and from one vertical file in a small library to a home across the country.

4.  Why can't a genealogical conclusion be partially proved?

Each of the five parts depend on the other, even though discovery may come in a different order.

5.  What is the first step in genealogical research?

In my own opinion, it is a careful perusal of what has already been researched, either by myself or others.  Then, I determine which direction I need to go to establish proven relationships, military service, residency, etc.