I volunteered to facilitate the NGSQ Study Group for September. For these online events, an article is selected from the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), one per month. The group then meets online on the third Tuesday of every month to discuss about the article. The facilitator ‘s responsibility is to questions and lead the discussion. The goal is to educate ourselves about writing successful proof arguments by reading and analyzing articles selected from the magazine. About 8-10 participate in each chat.
After reading a few of the “Q” articles, as they are often called, you realize that these are not about whether you have a family member mentioned in the article the discovery of the methodology the author used to uncover the answer to the research question. Each article is a case study of a proof argument.
I thought I would blog about the study group and the questions I will pose to the group on 16 September. Sometime after the 16th, I will post a summary of the answers to the questions.
The article: Lynn Fisher, “Uncovering the Linkenheim, Baden, Origin of Ludwig Fischer of Cook County, Illinois,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 99 (September 2011) 199-212.
- What is the research question?
- Based on Tom Jones’s book, Mastering Genealogical Proof, there are three methodologies for the organization of a proof argument: single hypothesis, multiple hypotheses or building blocks. (MGP p. 89) What type of proof argument do you think this article represents and why?
- The author says this was solved using “standard genealogical methods.” Do you agree? (NGSQ p. 208) What are your standard genealogical methods?
- Which of the tables helped your understanding of the argument? Did any tables seem superfluous or even hinder your understanding of the argument?
- Did the author convince you of her conclusion?
- There are different approaches the author could have taken in writing her conclusion. Discuss some alternatives for this article.
- This article had a Genealogical Summary. Have you every written one? If so, tell us about your experience. What style did you use — Register or NGSQ?
- What did you learn from this article that you can apply to your own writing or research?
Thanks to Patty McIntyre for organizing us and being a great cheerleader for the group. If you would like to join contact Patty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What I have done since I last posted: Went to yoga! restrategized my submission to BCG for certification. I am transcribing a different document. got pretty far with it. woohoo! filled out an evaluation about the Washington State Genealogical Conference; got to final draft on the client report and worked on a couple of my new presentations.