Ten-Minute Methodology

Ten-Minute Methodology is an occasional series intended to educate and challenge BCG associates, aspirants, and the genealogical community at large.

Proof Statements 1: http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2014/12/ten-minute-methodology-proof-statements-1/

Proof Statements 2, Examples: http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2014/12/ten-minute-methodology-proof-statements-2-examples/

Proof Summaries and Arguments 1: http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2015/01/ten-minute-methodology-proof-summaries-and-arguments-1/

Proof in a Narrative (Hait): http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2015/02/ten-minute-methodology-proof-example-1/

Proof in a Footnote (Devine): http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2015/03/ten-minute-methodology-proof-in-a-footnote/

Identity Proof in a List (Henderson): http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2015/04/ten-minute-methodology-identity-proof-in-a-list/

Are You Searching or Researching? http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2015/07/10-minute-methodology-are-you-searching-or-researching/

What Is “Reasonably Exhaustive” Research? http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2015/09/10-minute-methodology-what-is-reasonably-exhaustive-research/

“Reasonably Exhaustive”—How Do We Know We’re There? http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2015/09/10-minute-methodology-reasonably-exhaustive-how-do-we-know-were-there/

When Index Is a “Dirty Word” http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2015/11/ten-minute-methodology-when-index-is-a-dirty-word/

Beyond the Index—or Not http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2015/12/ten-minute-methodology-beyond-the-index-or-not/

Documentation and the Research Report http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2016/01/ten-minute-methodology-documentation-and-the-research-report/

How to Ask Good Research Questions http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2016/01/ten-minute-methodology-how-to-ask-good-research-questions/

Numbering a Genealogy 1: Immigration http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2016/03/numbering-a-genealogy-1-immigration/

 Numbering a Genealogy 2: “Adoptive” Children http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2016/04/numbering-a-genealogy-2-adoptive-children/

Numbering a Genealogy 3: Adoptions and Children of Multiple Marriages http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2016/04/numbering-3-adoptions-and-children-of-multiple-marriages/

Numbering a Genealogy 4: Adoptions and Children of Multiple Partners http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2016/04/numbering-4-adoptions-and-children-of-multiple-partners/

Numbering Adoptees in a Genealogy http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2016/04/numbering-adoptees-in-a-genealogy/

2 thoughts on “Ten-Minute Methodology

  1. Numbering a Genealogy 1: Immigration – question
    Judy, you had written in a comment reply “When you know the ancestors of individual number 1, even though you have no intention of writing about them, you should include them and their generation numbers/letters in the parenthetical summary of descent.”

    Thank you for this article it helped answer a lot of questions but I do have two more.
    1. I think I understand the numbering part, say for example if we knew William’s father Thomas, and grandfather “Frank” and great grandfather “Peter” and they all were born in America we would do the summary as William (4) (Thomas (3), Frank (2), Peter (1)). Is that correct? Then we can just make a comment that Generation One for the genealogy being reported is the 4th generation in America.
    2. With listing Thomas, Frank, and Peter would we then need to have to cite sources to proof their connection to the family, or would being in the parenthetical summary be sufficient?

    Thanks for all your help.

    • These are good questions, Jo. Since I know you’re preparing your portfolio, I’m not going to give you answers, but examples by two Board-certified genealogists. They are a bit different from each other, underlining the freedom we have in using our basic guidelines. I hope you will find them helpful.

      Thomas W. Jones, “‘In the County of Cumberland and the Province of New York’: Clarifying Josiah Burton’s Identity, Relationships, and Activities,” _The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record_, 147 (April 2016): 96.

      Michael J. Leclerc, “The Wife and Descendants of Revolutionary War Traitor Dr. Benjamin Church, Jr., of Boston,” _The New England Historical and Genealogical Register_, 170 (Fall 2016): 282.

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