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Part Number: WXMENSAMEN_

Price: $9.95
This lecture reviews tactics for sorting our ancestors from other men or women of the same name in the same general time period and location. Several case studies show how these methods were effective.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on March 21, 2017. 1 hour 27 minutes, plus 3 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXDNAPRFAR_

Price: $9.95
This lecture illustrates how to integrate each element of the Genealogical Proof Standard in a proof argument that relies heavily on autosomal DNA test results to answer a relationship research question. The examples are drawn from "Rafael Arriaga, A Mexican Father in Michigan: Autosomal DNA Helps Identify Paternity." National Genealogical Society Quarterly (June 2016).

This was presented to a live webinar audience on February 21, 2017. 1 hour 24 minutes, plus 10 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXWRITERES_

Price: $9.95
Writing up our research is the best way to preserve it. We will examine different ways of writing and publishing, from blogs to books. This webinar is hosted and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on January 17, 2017. 1 hour 26 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXFAMYARN_

Price: $9.95
Family lore told of George Teeling, a nineteenth-century Irish immigrant in Chicago. Researching the tale surrounding him proved that much of the story was false. Genealogical sleuthing led to many surprising discoveries, perhaps more interesting than the original family tradition. This engaging lecture will discuss the research process, a wide array of sources, and overcoming anglicized names to arrive at the truth about George Teeling and his family.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on June 16, 2016. 1 hour 8 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXCONTEXT_

Price: $9.95
Source citations provide context for the information we gather. Was the death date from a tombstone, a newspaper obituary, a county history, a Bible record, or a death certificate? The best citations tell us that the tombstone was contemporary with the death, the Bible record was entered in the same hand and the same ink, the county history was written a hundred and fifty years later, and the death certificate was signed by an attending physician. The details provide background context that helps us evaluate the validity of the information and suggests other avenues for research. But this information only scratches the surface. A full evaluation of any record’s context requires that we explore the complete content of the document. We want to know the reason for the document’s existence; the social, legal, and geographical context behind its creation; and what ancillary documents were produced both before and after its creation.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on February 16, 2016. 56 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXNEGEVID_

Price: $9.95
Negative evidence is the hardest type of evidence to understand or use in genealogical research. By definition, a “type of evidence arising from an absence of a situation or information in extant records where that information might be expected,” it is, as the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes told us in the short story “Silver Blaze,” the “curious incident . . . in the night-time”—the thing we would expect to see or hear but that just isn't there. Learn more about what negative evidence is—and what it isn't—and how to use it.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on December 20, 2016. 1 hour 19 minutes, plus 6 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXCVNOTARY_

Price: $9.95
Notarial records are a valuable resource in those areas of the world where civil law notaries recorded all legal transactions. Property deeds [land, personal, or agricultural], mortgages, wills, dowries, late birth registrations, marriage permissions, and many other types of documents can be found within this record set. These records often provide key details about a family, their relationships, and financial transactions which cannot be found within any other type of genealogical resource. Understanding the procedures behind the preparation of these documents is key to understanding their method of conservation, the formats the documents will be found in, and the contents therein. This lecture will provide examples of several Italian and French documents that were particularly descriptive and which provided key details on the families being researched.

This was hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and was presented to a live webinar audience on November 15, 2016. 1 hour 11 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership. For more information about the Board for Certification of Genealogists and genealogy standards, visit www.bcgcertification.org.
Part Number: WXEDUCERT_

Price: $9.95
Developing the skills necessary to produce work that meets the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) takes time and effort. This presentation will highlight some of the educational options that are helpful in learning about each element of the GPS including thorough research, citations, evidence analysis, written conclusions; as well as each element of the application portfolio. The goal is to both understand and be able to meet genealogy standards. There are many educational paths to choose from, and both formal and independent study options will be discussed.

This was hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and was presented to a live webinar audience on October 18, 2016. 1 hour 14 minutes, plus 10 pages of handouts. For more information about the Board for Certification of Genealogists and genealogy standards, visit www.bcgcertification.org.
Part Number: WXCONFLICT_

Price: $9.95
When one record says she was born in Texas, and another says she was born in Mississippi, the evidence is conflicting. Now what? The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) requires that we resolve conflicts among evidence items, since we can't reach a credible conclusion otherwise. Sounds good ... but it's easier said than done. What exactly are we supposed to do with conflicting evidence? What standards do we follow? In other words, how do we do what the GPS tells us to do?

This was presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists on October 7, 2016. 1 hour. For more information about the Board for Certification of Genealogists and genealogy standards, visit www.bcgcertification.org.
Part Number: WXADOPTFG_

Price: $9.95
Learn about historical and modern adoption laws and methods that may enable you to uncover hidden adoptions with a real life case study. The course covers both methods to discover pre-closed and sealed adoption records as well as the types of records that can lead you to the desired member of the adoption triad. A real life adoption research story will illustrate these points.

This was presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists on October 7, 2016. 59 minutes. For more information about the Board for Certification of Genealogists and genealogy standards, visit www.bcgcertification.org.
Part Number: WXMANCOLL_

Price: $9.95
Learn how to locate and how to use manuscript collections. Case studies show how these underutilized collections can bring an ancestor to life.

This was presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists on October 7, 2016. 57 minutes. For more information about the Board for Certification of Genealogists and genealogy standards, visit www.bcgcertification.org.
Part Number: WXBLACKSHP_

Price: $9.95
Let's just admit it - we all have them! So, let's use the records they created to our benefit - and what wonderful records they left. We will discuss defining your story, developing a research plan to prove it, and identifying resources. We will travel through the world of court records, records of the insane, prison records, and more.

This was presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists on October 7, 2016. 53 minutes. For more information about the Board for Certification of Genealogists and genealogy standards, visit www.bcgcertification.org.
Part Number: WXFANGPDNA_

Price: $9.95
Can you really 'prove' a female line when, for four straight generations, absolutely no document identifies a parent or sibling? Does the challenge seem hopeless when courthouses are burned and an illegitimacy is rumored? This session will demonstrate how to use three critical tools: (1) the FAN Principle to build a case for identity and parentage in each generation; (2) the Genealogical Proof Standard to create proof arguments; and (3) DNA testing—mitochondrial and autosomal—to confirm or disprove the validity of those proof arguments.

This was presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists on October 7, 2016. 56 minutes. For more information about the Board for Certification of Genealogists and genealogy standards, visit www.bcgcertification.org.
Part Number: WXENOUGH_

Price: $9.95
Tips and a step-by-step case study help attendees learn how to decide when adequate research has been conducted to meet the goals of a project. This session covers determining what other sources might be available, analyzing, and organizing research to ensure that a reasonably exhaustive search has been conducted.

This was presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists on October 7, 2016. 1 hour. For more information about the Board for Certification of Genealogists and genealogy standards, visit www.bcgcertification.org.
Part Number: WXFPRINTS_

Price: $9.95
Merging or separating identities is a core genealogical problem. Sometimes we find a person of the same name in several different places over time. Other times, we find two easily confounded people in the same place and time. A series of short case studies illustrates the importance of certain identity.

This was hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and was presented to a live webinar audience on March 15, 2016. 1 hour 11 minutes, plus 6 pages of handouts. For more information about the Board for Certification of Genealogists and genealogy standards, visit www.bcgcertification.org.
Part Number: WXFNDEVIMR_

Price: $9.95
With the ever expanding digital resources available today we can find evidence of kinship in military records often neglected. Records such as pensions, service records, medical records, and even pension payment records are increasingly available. However, our need to ensure that we conduct “reasonably exhaustive research” required by the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) will often times require research in original textual records. This webinar will focus on finding kinship information in both online and textual military records.

This was hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and was presented to a live webinar audience on September 20, 2016. 1 hour 36 minutes, plus 47 pages of handouts. For more information about the Board for Certification of Genealogists and genealogy standards, visit www.bcgcertification.org.
Part Number: WXKINSHIP_

Price: $9.95
Requirement 7 of the BCG certification application asks for a Kinship Determination Project in which the applicant writes a three-generation narrative and explains how the relationships are documented. All genealogists do this regularly while placing relatives with their appropriate connections in the family tree.

This was hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and was presented to a live webinar audience on October 15, 2014. 1 hour 37 minutes, plus 6 pages of handouts. For more information about the Board for Certification of Genealogists and genealogy standards, visit www.bcgcertification.org. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXB_GENGPS_

Price: $9.95
This lecture describes the 5 steps of the Genealogical Proof Standard to establish proof of identities and relationships. Shellee will present examples at each step, along with a case study of a complex problem that was solved with research, creativity, attention to detail and a defined process. See how reasonably exhaustive research, accurate citations, analysis and correlation of data, the resolution of conflicting data and a reasoned, written conclusion was used to identify the parents of a Civil War soldier who shaved 10 years off his age and complicated the search for this relationship.

This was hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and was presented to a live webinar audience on August 16, 2016. 1 hour 30 minutes, plus 2 pages of handouts. For more information about the Board for Certification of Genealogists and genealogy standards, visit www.bcgcertification.org. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXTAPESTRY_

Price: $9.95
When we tell a story, sometimes we need to stop and explain. Just how did we figure out who the main character’s mother was—without any census, vital records, or probate records? This problem confronts every genealogist who prepares a portfolio for certification as well. Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, will use the language of weaving and the work of distinguished philosopher Stephen Toulmin to deal with this perennial issue in writing up genealogical research.

This was hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and was presented to a live webinar audience on May 19, 2015. 1 hour 5 minutes. For more information about the Board for Certification of Genealogists and genealogy standards, visit www.bcgcertification.org. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXB_WATSON_

Price: $9.95
What can a genealogist do when key direct evidence is missing or inadequate? James M. Baker, PhD, CG, will offer step-by-step approaches for using inferential and analytic thinking to solve these challenging genealogy problems, including the use of naming patterns, birth/marriage witness data, inheritance data, sibling research, timelines, and family migrations.

This was hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and was presented to a live webinar audience on March 17, 2015. 1 hour 21 minutes. For more information about the Board for Certification of Genealogists and genealogy standards, visit www.bcgcertification.org. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXFIND1800_

Price: $9.95
This presentation describes strategies to find early 1800s United States data. A case study illustrates the use of different record types to trace families backward in time from Illinois through Indiana, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Key online sources include newspapers, historical books, property records, marriage records, military records, and city directories.

This class was hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on April 19, 2016. 1 hour 18 minutes, plus 5 pages of handouts. For more information about the Board for Certification of Genealogists and genealogy standards, visit www.bcgcertification.org. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.