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Ready or not!

Posted by on July 26, 2012

Monday at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIPitt) 

Looking at the course notebook Sunday night I was ready to go home early. But the material, and the panic, was manageable on Monday.

Monday’s materials consisted of 19 pages (front and back) of session notes, two articles we had to read before the insitute (10 pages and 8 pages), and a set of sources to be used during class (6 pages). During the intro to the class, don’t think that I didn’t notice that the “one to three or more” hours of homework (scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) became “2-4 hours.” Did I mention the panic?

We finished up to maybe the 11:00 a.m. point in the syllabus. The first session, “Developing an Evidence Orientation,” was so foundational that we spent alot of time on it. His descriptions of sources, information, and evidence made more sense to me than all the things I have read.

The next session, “Developing Research Questions and Hypotheses; Planning an Exhaustive Search,” was almost completed by the time we left class at 4:15.

The quote (and I paraphrase in case I don’t have it verbatim) of the day is that an advanced genealogist consults everything and trusts nothing….courtesy of Dr. Jones. He had a list of 18 “dispositions” of advanced genealogists. For instance, #6 was to “recognize assumptions as such” and I added in  my notes “don’t forget what items are assumptions!” The rest of the 18 are worth the one week investment in your education.

Chow starts at 5. Or 4, Texas time. Kinda crazy but I was eating at about 5:30. The evening lecture, open to the public and sponsored by the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, is “Telling the Tales: Writing Your Family Narrative” presented by Pamela Stone Eagleson, CG.  I didn’t attend but snagged the handout for future reading.

One picture for you of the meditation area between the Bold Dorm and the Science Center (with cafeteria, bookstore, and classrooms). Upon request though, I’ll post more pictures of cardboard furniture.

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