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This topic introduces a methodology for creating multiple hypotheses in genealogical situations that are not easily solved…like the brick walls we all have!  Creative thinking is discussed, as well as methods for capturing multiple hypotheses and then prioritizing them.  Several types of hypotheses development will be covered.  Finally, we will review cover how to refute or support each hypothesis.  A case study is used throughout the discussion to highlight how the methodology is best utilized.


Jan M. Joyce, CG, CGL is a genealogy researcher whose personal work has focused on Ohio, Pennsylvania, England, and Norway. She began researching in 1998 to understand genealogy customers when she managed the marketing initiatives at Genealogy.com. Before beginning her genealogy career, she earned marketing degrees from Miami University, The Ohio State University, and Golden Gate University. Jan has taught marketing classes as an adjunct professor. Her genealogy education has stemmed from attending institutes to participating in peer study groups. She enjoys studying, writing, and teaching about genealogy methodology.

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