The Villages Genealogical Society

Best Practices SIG

Annette Burke-Lyttle
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Pat Adams
Hello, my name is Annette Burke Lyttle and I am the coordinator of the Best Practices Special Interest Group. Pat Adams is the SIG’s co-coordinator. We meet on Zoom the third Monday of the month at 1 p.m. If you have a question about the SIG or would like to attend the next meeting, send me an email and I will respond as quickly as I can.
This SIG focuses on learning and using the best research practices in our genealogy work. Best practices can make our research more efficient and effective and can help us keep from making mistakes about the identities and relationships of our ancestors. We don’t want to accidentally attach the wrong person to our family tree and end up researching folks who are not our ancestors. This SIG uses a combination of presentations, guided study, and discussion.
You must be a member of The Villages Genealogical Society to participate in our meetings.
In 2021 we will each choose a project from our own research and work on it using the process described in the book "Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide", by Diana Elder, AG. The book is available at Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions. The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join after January should be prepared to catch up on the chapters that have already been studied.
Meeting Schedule
Meeting Date Topic:
18 Jan 2021 Genealogical Proof for the Everyday Genealogist
15 Feb 2021 Chapter 1: Research Objectives
15 Mar 2021 Chapter 2: Analyze Your Sources
19 Apr 2021 Chapter 3: Locality Research
17 May 2021 Chapter 4: Research Planning
21 Jun 2021 Chapter 5: Source Citations
19 Jul 2021 Chapter 6: Research Logs
16 Aug 2021 Chapter 7: Report Writing
20 Sep 2021  Chapter 8: What’s Next for a Researcher?
18 Oct 2021   Discussion of individual projects
15 Nov 2021 Write As You Go: A Time Saving and Organizing Technique
20 Dec 2021 Wrap-up discussion and 2022 planning
Helpful Information on the Web
Links Guide for this SIG Evidence Explained
BCG :Ten-Minute Methodology" Series FamilySearch Research Wiki
BCG Webinar Series BCG OnBoard Articles
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