Coming from OnBoard, January 2017

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

OnBoard Jan 2017 masthead

 

“The Role of Background Context in Document Analysis”

Most family historians have found documents that contain puzzling or unexpected information. Document analysis is an essential skill needed for successful genealogical research. Melinda Daffin Henningfield, CG, shows how expanding our research to include background context can help us to meet the first element of the Genealogical Proof Standard and to solve our family mysteries.

“Genealogy Ethics and the Call for Diversity”

Drawing from principles set out in the Genealogist’s Code,[[1]] LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, begins a conversation about the call for diversity in the field of genealogy. Her article explores a timely question of crucial importance to genealogy as a profession and to the diverse members of our community.

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), Appendix A: The Genealogist’s Code, 45–48.

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.

Coming from OnBoard in January 2016

OnBoard: Newsletter of the Board for Certification of Genealogists is scheduled to publish in January 2016. We’re pleased to offer a preview of some of its content.

“Welcome the Neighbors: Solve Genealogical Problems through Neighborhood Research”

Melinda Daffin Henningfield, CG, understands tough research problems arising from common names and migrating ancestors. She shows us how welcoming the neighbors can save time and money in the long run. Expanding her investigation into the “genealogical neighbors” proved the key to identifying her ancestor as the same individual found over time in four different counties.

“A Case Study in Source and Information Analysis: Electa Ward”

Source and information analysis underpins the work we genealogists do to arrive at reliable conclusions. Facing seven sources of varying reliability containing conflicting information, Judy Kellar Fox, CG, shows us how she resolved the problem of a New England female ancestor’s birth, death, and spouse’s name.

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. Issues back to 1995 can also be ordered online, here.

by Nancy A. Peters, CG, Editor, OnBoard

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer, are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by Board-certified genealogists after periodic competency evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.

 

Skillbuilding: Henningfield on Investigating Neighborhoods

SpringBoard, an official blogger for the 2015 NGS Family History Conference, is pleased to offer a review of this skillbuilding lecture, presented Saturday, 16 May, 2015:

S401: Melinda Daffin Henningfield, MS, CG, “Investigate the Neighborhood to Advance Your Research,” reviewed by Sara Scribner, CG

Melinda Daffin Henningfield, CG, begins her beautifully illustrated lecture with a family photo. It shows her grandmother atop a donkey, grandfather leaning over the donkey smiling, a man holding the halter, and three men in the background. She points out the photo represents a “neighborhood” of two ancestors and four of their associates. This gives a whole new way to conceptualize a neighborhood and a group of associates.

Melinda Henningfield, CG

Henningfield mentions census neighborhoods, tax-list neighborhoods, religious neighborhoods, land neighborhoods, ship-manifest neighborhoods, and cemetery neighborhoods. She identifies the many names this type of research goes by: FAN (friends, associates, and neighbors) club or principle, whole-family research, community research, assemblages, or cluster research. One memorable slide captures the concept with a grape-leaf cluster labeled friends, associates, neighbors—and enemies.

She also notes that some genealogists resist neighborhood research because it is time consuming and may not directly identify ancestors by name. However, doing this type of research can uncover important information about those ancestors. Henningfield’s case studies illustrate this. One example on Wisconsin Prussians shows how she found an ancestor’s town of origin, even though no United States record naming him listed anything more than Prussia. Her method was to research each member of the subject’s FAN group, paying special attention to those who appear in more than one neighborhood. This identified many associates whose American religious records named a single Prussian village. Armed with a probable Prussian location, she found the ancestor’s baptismal record there.

A recording of this lecture may be ordered from Jamb Tapes, Inc.

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by Board-certified genealogists after periodic competency evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.