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Skill-Building: Nuts & Bolts of Reporting Research
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Note: Please be aware this course is classified as "Intermediate Level" in the Professional Development Certificate Program. It has been developed for individuals who are at or working in the Intermediate to Advanced Levels in our other certificate programs. If you are considering taking this course, you should have completed or have full knowledge/experience from our courses: Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting, Methodology - Part 3: More Strategies, and Methodology - Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording.

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A professional or serious minded genealogist needs to perfect core skills to help them achieve success whether they conduct research for clients, lecture, or write. These skills include source citation, transcription and writing. In the field of genealogy there are some texts that are considered the standard by which professionals are judged―these include Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills, Dr. Thomas Jonesí Mastering Genealogical Proof and the Board for Certification of Genealogistsí Genealogy Standards. These books help prepare the professional or serious minded genealogist for the day to day work of writing, analyzing and preparing information for themselves or the clients that they come in contact with. Books like Professional Genealogy ďoffers benchmarks by which they can advance their skills and place their businesses on sounder footing.Ē

In this course the student will study portions of some of the above mentioned texts and complete assignments and exercises to better understand the key elements taught within its pages.

One studentís experience:
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COURSE CONTENT

Module 1

Introduction
  • Note about Web Addresses
  • Required Reading
  • Suggested Optional Reading

    Citation Fundamentals
  • Websites
  • Required Reading
  • Additional Notes
  • Citing Your Sources
  • Citation Components and Elements
  • Citation Examples
  • Suggestions For Census Returns
  • Suggestions For Other Sources
  • Creating A Citation Toolbox or Citation Template
  • Exercise
  • Optional Reading

    Copyright
  • Websites
  • Required Reading
  • Additional Notes
  • Optional Reading

    Module 2
    Research Procedures & Locality Guides
  • Websites
  • Required Reading
  • Additional Notes
  • Current Research Guides
  • FamilySearch Family History Research Wiki
  • Exercise
  • Sample Research Guides
  • Exercise
  • Optional Reading

    Module 3
    Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting
  • Websites
  • Required Reading
  • Additional Notes
  • General Rules for Transcriptions
  • General Rules for Abstracting
  • General Rules for Extracting
  • Optional Reading

    Practical Exercises
  • Transcription Exercise: 1833 Land Deed
  • Abstraction Exercise: 1833 Land Deed
  • Extraction Exercise: 1833 Land Deed

    Module 4
    Research Plans & Reports
  • Websites
  • Required Reading
  • Additional Notes

    Research Planning
  • Suggested Steps in Research Planning
  • Small Case Example
  • Starting Point
  • Goals, Objectives
  • Analysis of Information
  • Evaluation of Source(s)
  • Working Hypothesis
  • Potential Sources to Search
  • Another Note About the Internet
  • Exercise

    Report Writing
  • Why do we need a proper genealogical report?
  • Types Of Reports
  • Essential Elements Of A Formal Report
  • Specific Components
  • Optional Reading

    Case Study
  • Case Study Outline
  • Case Study Information
  • Case Study Assignments
    Module 5
    Evidence Analysis
  • Websites
  • Required Reading
  • Additional Notes
  • Optional Reading

    Proof Summaries & Case Studies
  • Websites
  • Required Reading
  • Additional Notes
  • Optional Reading

    Module 6
    Reporting Your Research: Writing Scholarly Articles & Blogs
  • Websites
  • Required Reading
  • Additional Notes
  • Before You Write
  • Cross all Your Tís and Dot Your Iís
  • Get Permission
  • Write But Also Proofread
  • Peer Reviewed Journals vs. Blogs
  • Optional Reading
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