Preparation for the Study of Mastering Genealogical Proof

May 10, 2013

I am getting ready for a study of a new book, Mastering Genealogical Proof. My plan is to use the book, to see if I can put a dent in a brick wall. Not that brick walls can be dented, but I won’t go so far to say that I’ll knock down that brick wall. I’ll provide details about this book in a moment.

From a previous study of a work by Dr. Thomas W Jones, author of Mastering Genealogical Proof, I am guessing that I will have to come up with a specific Question. I will use my genealogy database management program, Family Tree Maker 2012, but will use two additional programs. GenDetective, which I have blogged about, and Evidentia, which I have also blogged about.

For this blog post, I am going to use Evidentia to create a Source listing, for this book, as it will become helpful as we study this book.

Understanding that Evidentia was updated as a result of the study of this book, by the developer of this product, I want to verify that I had the correct version. I opened Evidentia, clicked on About Evidentia, which brought up this screen and clicked on Check Version

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The result,

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Good so far, now to begin entering this new project and database.

Since this is a new database and a New Source, I selected Document Source.

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The Source Title is of my choosing and is not used in any reports. I want to have book sources listed together in later data entry or use. So, I entered Book – Mastering Genealogical Proof.

Since this is an Authored Work, in the pull down menu, that is what I selected.

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I want to use the Evidence Explained! template, I selected the Template ICON on the right, which brought up a list of templates. I entered “b” so that I didn’t have to scroll down to the Book template and selected Book, Book format, (citing from title page)

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I then click on Select, and the fields on the right indicate what data will appear in the Source information.

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The next screen is “fill in the blanks”. Information is from the Title Page inside of the book. (that’s easy for me)

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Below is the resulting Document a Source screen. The Description field, again is for User Notes. I am just reminding myself, that Dr. Jones also had a presentation on FamilySearch.org on Inferential Genealogy which I participated in a study on Second Life.

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I changed screens to show the Citation so far. But future blog posts on this topic will be used to generate the Citations for this study.

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The Source will look like this.

Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013)

For more details, Ed Thomson, developer for Evidentia, has a YouTube presentation on this task. Please visit his site.

Evidentia – Getting Started – Part 1 – YouTube


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