Skillbuilding, NGS 2017: Hait’s “Analyzing Deeds Deeply”

SpringBoard, an official blogger for the 2017 National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference, is pleased to offer a review of this BCG Skillbuilding lecture, presented 12 May 2017.

F301, Michael Hait, CG, CGL, “One Dollar and Natural Love and Affection: Analyzing Deeds Deeply”

Reviewed by Jean Atkinson Andrews, CG

LiveStream Description: This lecture goes beyond the obvious to explore the rich variety of evidence that deeds, mortgages, and other instruments offer regarding relationships and identity.

Michael Hait’s lectures include a rich mix of information for beginners and intermediate genealogists and tips for the advanced. “Analyzing Deeds Deeply” delivers on all counts.

Michael Hait, CG, CGL

Michael Hait, CG, CGL

For the less experienced, Michael outlines the usual segments found in a deed using an 1837 example from Pitts County, North Carolina. Walking through each segment, he expands upon the obvious to offer more advanced tips on the nuances of conveyance language and how the word “thence” can be a useful marker in understanding tract descriptions.

An overview of the two major types of land survey systems is covered: Metes & Bounds (State Land) and Rectangular Survey (Federal Land) along with an emphasis on finding the neighbors of your ancestor within each system. The concept of dower was discussed along with a brief summary of the general land patent process.

Not disregarding or glossing over the legal language, sometimes referred to as boilerplate, was a point of emphasis. This is a valuable reminder to those of us who look at many deeds and “already know” what it will say. Surprises do indeed sometimes lurk in the bottom language of a deed and the document that looks like a sale of land at the top may be something else based on the language at the bottom.

The last segment of the session discussed several examples of use of land records in proving identity and implying kinship. Not to be missed are Michael’s excellent use of tables and his creative and unique “waterfall table” which he used to understand a complex descendancy of land from the original patentees to descendants over a hundred years later, and which became the basis of a published journal article.[1]

This is a lecture that could be viewed several times with new insights gained each time and applied profitably to any research involving deeds.

Information on purchasing this lecture can be found at Playback Now http://www.playbackngs.com.

[1] Michael Hait, CG, “The Parents of Thomas Burgan of Baltimore County, Maryland,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, V. 101, March 2013, pp. 19–34.

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Skillbuilding, NGS 2017: Bloom’s “Past Conflict Repatriation”

SpringBoard, an official blogger for the 2017 National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference, is pleased to offer a review of this BCG Skillbuilding lecture, presented 11 May 2017.

T241, Jean Larzalere Bloom, CG, “Past Conflict Repatriation: The Role of Genealogists and Methodology in Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise”

Reviewed by Catherine Desmarais, CG

“This is what I was put on earth to do.” Jeanne Bloom’s passion for her work was evident as she presented “Past Conflict Repatriation: The Role of Genealogists and Methodology in Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise.”

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG

Jeanne began by sharing the values with which the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the agency that oversees the US military repatriation efforts, approaches their work.  They conduct their mission, to “provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation,” with compassion, integrity, teamwork, respect, and innovation. She told the audience how each value impacts the work she does as a Certified Genealogist® for the US Army.

Respect and compassion are core values for Jeanne. Part of her job is to call the soldier’s family members she locates. She frames each call with respect and compassion for whatever reaction she may encounter. A few relatives want to keep the past in the past, while others are still torn up by the loss that occurred more than seventy years ago.  Jeanne stressed that she cannot impose her feelings on the family member she speaks to. Rather, she respects the full range of emotions.

Jeanne next explained the genealogist’s role in the Army repatriation cases. DPAA requires that each case referred for genealogy research must involve a credentialed (Board-certified or Accredited) genealogist. Starting with very little information in the soldier’s file, the task is to locate the two closest next-of-kin as well as eligible family DNA donors. For each case Jeanne is given a little over thirty research hours, and generally up to 90 days, to achieve this. The target DNA donors include three mitochondrial DNA donors, one yDNA donor, and, when available, a close family autosomal DNA donor. Often Jeanne finds close relatives, such as a soldier’s sibling, child, or niece/nephew. Other times she may have to go out to distant cousins to find a DNA donor. In an extreme case she researched a family back to 1730 to find a line to trace forward to the present day to locate a yDNA donor.

With 400 to 500 cases completed over thirteen years at a 95% success rate, Jeanne has learned a few tricks of the trade.  She shared a few with her audience, including descriptions of the types of resources she’s found particularly helpful, as well as some of her favorite strategies. She told stories that illustrated the lengths she’s gone to in order to find the families of “her boys,” including help from a VFW bartender and the grandson of the soldier’s brother’s stepchildren. Creativity and detective doggedness are a must for this work.

“No One Left Behind” is a sacred vow of the US Military. Jeanne Bloom is doing her part to make that happen.

A recording of this lecture may be ordered from Playback Now www.playbackngs.com.

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

BCG TRUSTEE NEWS

BCG TRUSTEE NEWS

The Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) met in Raleigh, North Carolina on 10 May 2017.

The BCG Trustees honored Ronald Ames Hill, PhD, CG, and Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL, with Certified Genealogist Emeritus status. BCG offers Emeritus status to board-certified genealogists who have had long and distinguished careers with BCG, and who are now retired from the genealogical profession.

Ronald Ames Hill, first certified in 1997, served as a BCG trustee from 2001 to 2003. During the past twenty years he has consistently contributed to BCG and to the genealogical community through service to societies, research, lecturing, and publishing. Hill’s work, which earned him election as a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 2005, includes award-winning scholarly publications focused on English research and ground-breaking use of chancery court records.

Linda Woodward Geiger, first certified in 1994, served as BCG treasurer from 2003 to 2006 and OnBoard editor in 2001–2002. She has held the Certified Genealogical Lecturer credential since 1998. Geiger has been active in the genealogical community as a researcher, educator, author, and volunteer, serving on the staff at Samford’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and lecturing at numerous national and regional conferences. Her many publications focus on Georgia and research methodology.

BCG Executive Director Nicki Peak Birch, CG, reported that in 2016 BCG received the greatest number of portfolios (eighty-nine) since 2006 and the most new applications for the CG credential (forty-two) since 2007. BCG also had the fewest number of lapsed associates in the last ten years.

For questions or more information, please visit http://www.BCGcertification.org  or contact Nicki Birch, CG, at office@BCGcertification.org.

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Cari A. Taplin, CG

BCG News Release Coordinator

BCG Offers Free Webinar: “Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 20 June, 8:00 p.m. Eastern
“Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father”
by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

Eli Bush’s grandfather was reported to be Daniel Bush, but was his father Jacob? Witness the research process unfold as land, probate, census, tax lists, and church records are correlated. Watch out for pitfalls such as different men with the same name and other red herrings.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will present “Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, free to the public at 8:00 p.m. EDT, 20 June 2017.

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, a western Pennsylvania researcher for over 25 years, is the co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Professional Genealogy Course Coordinator at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). She was an instructor and module creator for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program 2008-2016. She was the course co-coordinator of the AG/CG Preparation Course at the 2010 and 2013 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She is a regional and national speaker on such topics as Pennsylvania records, methodology, professional development, and society management. She was a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists for nine years, their President (2012-2014), and past Outreach Committee Chairperson. She was honored in May 2010 with the NGS President’s Citation in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy.

President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG says, “The Board for Certification of Genealogists is proud to offer this new webinar as part of an ongoing series that supports our mission to provide education for family historians. This webinar will address questions regarding the genealogy standards for research. By promoting a uniform standard of competence and ethics BCG endeavors to foster public confidence in genealogy.”

Register for “Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL before 20 June 2017 at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4804523144286306049.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information contact: office@BCGcertification.org.

View BCG’s past Legacy webinars at http://familytreewebinars.com/bcg  and http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars. For more information on educational opportunities, please visit: http://www.BCGcertification.org/certification/educ.html.

Cari A. Taplin, CG

 

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

 

Associates in Action

Associates in Action highlights BCG associates’ news, activities, and accomplishments. Contact Alice Hoyt Veen to include your news in an upcoming post.

Awards & Achievements

Charles Mason, CG. The National Genealogical Society (NGS) President’s Citation, given in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy or the society, is this year awarded to Charles “Chuck” S. Mason Jr., CG, of Springfield, Virginia. He has given generously of his time and talents to benefit the genealogical community by acting as Chairperson for the NGS Awards and Benefits for the last five years.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists congratulates the following associates on their successful credential renewals:

Laurel Baty, CG, Columbia, Maryland; initial certification 13 June 2012. laurelbaty@comcast.net

F. Warren Bittner, CG, Centerville, Utah; initial certification 27 January 2011. bittnerfw@gmail.com

Jeffrey L. Haines, CG, Raleigh, North Carolina; initial certification 1 August 1996. hainesresearch@gmail.comhttp://www.hainesresearch.com

Raymond C. Niro, CG, Wellesley, Massachusetts; initial certification 14 January 2011. RayNiro@gmail.com

Michael S. Ramage, JD, CG, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania; initial certification 10 June 2002. mramage@ForensicGenealogist.Prohttp://www.ForensicGenealogist.Pro

Publications

Harold Henderson, CG, ” ‘A continual claim and struggle’: DeGrove Gleanings from the Appellate Court,” The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 148 (January 2017): 61-64.

Coming Soon from OnBoard, May 2017

OnBoard: Newsletter of the Board for Certification of Genealogists is scheduled to publish in May 2017. We’re pleased to offer a preview of some of its content.

OnBoard May 2017 masthead

“A Look at BCG’s Evaluation System”

Have you wondered about BCG’s process for judging portfolios? Alison Hare, CG, satisfies our curiosity and takes us behind the scenes with a tour of how BCG’s evaluation system works. She provides a perspective on its fifty-year history and development.

“Genealogy Standards Prevent Bias and Presentism”

Drawing from Genealogy Standards,[1] Darcie Hind Posz, CG, explains how our field’s standards and methods are not ethnocentric. They apply equally to all cultures and demographics. Darcie gives examples of recent, non-traditional, published studies that solve kinship problems. Through adherence to standards, genealogists can provide unbiased perspectives on and learn from difficult and controversial periods in history.

OnBoard publishes three issues per year. A subscription is included in annual associate fees and is provided to applicants “on the clock.” Subscriptions are also available to the general public for $15.00 per year (currently) through the BCG website, here <http://www.bcgcertification.org/catalog/bcgitems.html>. Issues back to 1995 can also be ordered online, here <http://www.bcgcertification.org/catalog/backordlst.html>.

[1] Board for Certification of Genealogists, Genealogy Standards (Nashville, Tenn.: Ancestry, 2014).

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

BCG Offers Free Webinar: “MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with the GPS” by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 16 May, 8:00 p.m. Eastern “MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with the GPS” by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL

MAXY DNA includes mitochondrial DNA (M), autosomal DNA (A), X-DNA (X), and Y-DNA (Y). Case studies demonstrate analysis principles and techniques that work. Learn to correlate DNA test results with documentary research as part of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS).

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will present “MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with the GPS” by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, free to the public at 8:00 p.m. EDT, 16 May 2017.

Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, is experienced using DNA analysis and traditional techniques for genealogical research. Debbie is the co-author with Blaine T. Bettinger of the award-winning DNA workbook, Genetic Genealogy in Practice, published by the National Genealogical Society (NGS). She is the author of the online, self-paced course Continuing Genealogical Studies: Autosomal DNA, offered by NGS. She is the DNA Project Chair for the Texas State Genealogical Society. Her publications include a column on using DNA analysis for genealogical research in NGS Magazine. She coordinates and presents workshops, seminars, and comprehensive, interactive genetic genealogy courses at genealogy institutes. See http://debbiewayne.com for more information and for archived versions of many of her articles.

President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG says, “The Board for Certification of Genealogists is proud to offer this new webinar as part of an ongoing series that supports our mission to provide education for family historians. This webinar will address questions regarding the genealogy standards for research. By promoting a uniform standard of competence and ethics BCG endeavors to foster public confidence in genealogy.”

Register for “MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with the GPS” by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL before 16 May 2017 at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3251742245982147585.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information contact: office@BCGcertification.org.

View BCG’s past Legacy webinars at http://familytreewebinars.com/bcg  and http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars. For more information on educational opportunities, please visit: http://www.BCGcertification.org/certification/educ.html.

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

Cari A. Taplin, CG

Congratulations, Ruth Craig, CG!

Ruth Craig became associate #1078 in August 2016. She is a resident of Grafton County, New Hampshire, just across the Connecticut River from Vermont. Her maternal ancestors lived in Massachusetts and New York, and she enjoys doing New England and Canadian research. Ruth especially appreciates the Catholic priests who kept excellent records of her French-Canadian research subjects.

Ruth Craig, CG

Ruth Craig, CG

“My career in medical research schooled me in the hypothesis-testing approach to research, and in means of correlating data. These have served me well in family history research,” says Ruth. She needs that experience as she works on a large family project. “I am trying to trace all descendants of the earliest known ancestor on my father’s side. The husband of one descendant, who had a very common name, moved from Germany to Toronto, changed his name, birthdate, and religion, probably worked on ships on the Great Lakes, and died in parts unknown. I have so far been unable to find any trace of him after 1915, whereas he likely died in the 1950s. I work on him in bits between other research, and will find him someday!”

Ruth has several observations about the certification process. She became educated in genealogical research by participating in the Boston University genealogy course and the ProGen Study Group. “However, the best thing I did was to work on four of the five requirements before I even submitted an application.” She declares that preparing her portfolio definitely changed her approach to genealogy. “I knew nothing about this type of work when I started. I see family history as a field where continuous learning and change are critical. I hope to be able to keep up!”

Ruth offers two pieces of advice for those approaching this task. “First, if a requirement seems overwhelming at the beginning, just start on it without being too perfectionistic. Once you have something on paper, it can be further developed. Second, start small (e.g., on Requirements 6 and 7)—these things tend to grow. If possible, start with a relatively simple situation.”

The standards for certification—the rubrics—made the process difficult for Ruth. She says, “My comments here may be heretical. I find it confusing that the standards, rubrics, and application instructions are overly wordy and redundant/overlapping. All of these changed while I was in the process of applying. My impression is more verbiage is being added (likely to try to help applicants who failed), whereas streamlining would have been more helpful.”

An impressive figure emerged from Ruth’s research for her kinship determination project. Ruth (Willson) Wilson, her grandmother and namesake, was recruited in 1918 for cryptologic work by MI-8, precursor of the National Security Agency (NSA). She helped break a variety of codes used in Central and South America and became a Japanese linguist.[1] “What I learned was a surprise to me and to others who had known her. She made a fantastic contribution at a time when it was difficult to do so as a woman.”

Ruth plans to tie her current medical work to history and genealogy. “I am interested in how diseases and causes of death have evolved historically. I hope to use family history as an entrée to make this area interesting to others. In short, I hope to combine my background in medical research with my new-found interest in genealogy.”

We are sure that research goal will produce some interesting studies. Congratulations on becoming certified, Ruth, and good luck with your work.

[1] https://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/spies/13.htm.

Nora Galvin, CG

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

Associates in Action

Associates in Action highlights BCG associates’ news, activities, and accomplishments. Contact Alice Hoyt Veen to include your news in an upcoming post.

Awards & Achievements

The following associates were recently named among most-frequently viewed Legacy Family Tree Webinars during the month of March:

Tom Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL, “New Standards or Old? Guidelines for Effective Research and Family Histories”

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, “Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name”

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, “Picture This: Images You Can Freely Use”

Karen Stanbary, CG, “Weaving DNA Test Results into a Proof Argument”

Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA, “Introduction to Quaker Genealogy Research”

Cari Taplin, CG, “Home on the Range: Kansas Research Tips”

The Board for Certification of Genealogists congratulates the following associates on their successful credential renewals:

Waunita Gibbons, CG, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; initial certification 3 April 2007. waunitagee@gmail.com

Jason Harrison, CG, Ogden, Utah; initial certification 30 September 2010.  harrisonjb@familysearch.organcestraldetective@yahoo.com

Debra S. Mieszala, CG, Libertyville, Illinois; initial certification 18 January 2002. debfamhist@sbcglobal.net; http://advancinggenealogist.com/

David Rencher, CG, Riverton, Utah; initial certification 3 August 2006. rencherde@ldschurch.org

Publications

Harold Henderson, CG, has published the following articles:

“From Fens to Farms: William and Rebecca (Wright) Gedney of Cowbit, Lincolnshire and Lebanon, Illinois,” Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly (Spring 2017): 30-34.

“Yes, Writing Is Compulsory! Here’s How to Make It Work,” Federation of Genealogical Societies Forum 29 (Spring 2017): 18-21.

“One Family’s Nineteenth Century from New York to Chicago to Oregon: Joseph M. and Artamisia Ann (Talcott) Burdick,” Chicago Genealogist 49 (Fall 2016): 3-13.

“The Family of John S. and Zerviah (Hawkins) Porter of Jefferson County and Points West,” [Part 3], New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 147 (October 2016): 272-78.

Congratulations, Morrison “Toby” Webb, CG!

Morrison “Toby” Webb became Certified Genealogist #1081 in November, 2016. His ancestral roots are in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and his wife’s are in Maine, so it’s no surprise his research centers on early New England. A recent move from suburban New York City to Portland, Maine, puts him in the sweet spot for his genealogy work. As a trustee of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Toby is deeply involved in preserving and promoting genealogy and history in the region. He’s completing his term as president of a local historical society, and he hopes to become involved in Maine’s genealogy scene.

Morrison "Toby" Webb, CG

Morrison “Toby” Webb, CG

His work career provided experience relevant to genealogy. “I am a retired lawyer and business executive. My legal background is of obvious help to my genealogical research; it makes land records, tax records, and probate records far easier to understand. But the business background is helpful, too. Focus and strategic planning are business skills easily transferable to family research planning.” Previous concerns that retirement would result in a loss of community have been banished as Toby has discovered new colleagues at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), the Boston University genealogy program, a ProGen study group, and local genealogical societies. “In our study, we are blessed to have a well-linked circle of like-minded scholars.” He enjoys the historical aspect of genealogical research. “I find no better way of understanding history than by acknowledging that historic acts are nothing more than the choices of individuals trying to address the problems of life in the context of their times. Studying individuals helps me understand the greater ‘forces’ of the past.”

Toby says the process of preparing his portfolio had a positive effect on his work habits. “As I first dealt with any new source, I drafted the citation I would use later. That change in my process means both that I am certain I have gathered all the citation information I will need and that I will only have to draft the citation once.” He had a difficult time finding an example of proof by indirect evidence for his case study. He was looking for such a problem among New England Quakers, but their extensive records continually frustrated his search for missing information—a problem many of us would like to have. “I finally chose to resolve a conflict between two items of direct evidence, but one of my judges thought the conflict not significant enough to meet the case study requirement.”

Toby has advice for those considering applying for certification. “The advice given to me was crucial: do your research before you begin the application process. In addition, having carefully read the deep evaluations of my submission, I would advise that applications are taken very seriously by the reviewers and the process is not one relatively new genealogists should undertake.” He did not pursue certification to become a professional genealogist. He’s interested in writing and publishing on subjects that interest him personally.

Family historian and public health specialist Lemuel Shattuck of Boston is Toby’s genealogical hero. “He shaped the 1845 Boston census to list every person and then was called to Washington to help design the 1850 U.S. Census. Without his work, we would not have the every-name federal censuses that began in 1850.”

Recently Toby was confronted with a reality of twenty-first century research. Information in the family Bible went as far back as his third-great Webb grandfather. Toby’s careful research finally revealed that man’s parents and carried the line back to the immigrant ancestor. Then, as Toby relates the tale, “In the course of my research, I met a fifth cousin. We posed together at the grave of our shared ancestor and eventually we both had our DNA tested. His sample is consistent with most other samples in the Webb surname DNA project; mine is entirely different. Somewhere in the last five generations, I have a misattributed paternity. Finding where that was has proven to be my most interesting personal challenge.”

We wish Toby well in pursuit of that unknown lineage, and congratulate him on attaining certification.

Nora Galvin, CG

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.