As I promised in my blog on 06 January 2014 at http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/beginning-genealogy-study-group.html, I watched Dear Myrt’s Beginning Genealogy Session 2 yesterday. I will continue to watch the rest of the study group as it proceeds.
The two main topics that were discussed yesterday were the FamilySearch Wiki, and the transcription of records.
First, we went back to the FamilySearch Wiki where we were last week, and this time, we went to the Research Process at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Research_Process.
Dear Mryt spent time explaining the 5 steps of researching to us – 1. Identify what you know 2. Decide what you want to learn 3. Select the records to search 4. Obtain and search the records and 5. Evaluate and Use the information.
Then she went to the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) at http://www.bcgcertification.org/resources/standard.html and went through the five elements of the GPS. You must know these five elements in order to conduct ‘reasonably exhaustively research’ properly, thereby making your conclusions sound.
She asked for people to take birth, marriage, and death records and share them with us, and we saw records from Pennsylvania and Great Britain. Different aspect were then discussed, errors were noted on the certificates, and people were asked to give their ways of handling different errors in records.
The second subject was the importance of doing proper and accurate transcriptions of records, which can then point out these errors, for example.
It is necessary that to transcribe every record we come across in a record, because it helps to understand the complete record, and what it is saying to you, the researcher.
So if you want to watch this session, it is available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFi7sTUexhQ
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