In Their Words: Documentation–Who Needs It?

Ever wonder just how important documentation is in our research? With registration for the six June 25-30 courses opening on Wednesday, February 22 at Noon Eastern, you won’t want to miss out on this unique course that will give you reasons and methods for documenting your work.

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, is a legend in genealogy circles–and a darn good teacher. Spending a week with him in the interactive course, “Mastering the Art of Genealogical Documentation,” you will understand that documentation is not just citing your sources. It is understanding them, analyzing them, and pulling every scrap of information from them in order to under our ancestors in the context of their lives. It is not just leaving the breadcrumbs of where you found it, but fully describing the source and understanding its provenance, whether online, paper, or material culture. Are you missing some aspect by not fully considering the documentation? Find out by becoming a student and submitting a source you want to learn more about.

Or as Tom describes it:

Tom Jones on the first day

Tom Jones 

Documentation lies at the heart of respectable genealogy. Without clear and complete citations to supporting sources no family compilation or report can be credible. Therefore, all serious genealogists document their work. Students taking this course will learn how to understand their sources well enough to describe them. Then they will learn how to apply that knowledge to crafting citations. This hands-on course will help students gain understanding of how to create conventional citations with artistry, clarity, completeness, conciseness, and competence.”

Consider taking this course when making your selection for the June GRIP week, held at La Roche College in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For a detailed description, see

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