Have you noticed that most how to books in genealogy, and most local genealogy classes and workshops seem to focus on genealogy records and seldom address evidence analysis or research logic? So who is the genealogist going to turn to to learn about these things. Certainly not Ghost Busters! As analytical thinking, the logical combination of evidence and the successful construction of genealogical proof have become as important as the acquition of records, we need to look at some new avenues for learning.
We could correspondence courses from instututions like the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, the National Genealogical Society or Brigham Young University Continuing Education.
We can attend some of the institutes such as the Salt Lake Institute or the one at Sanford University in Alabama.
We can attend one of the National Conferences like the National Genealogical Society Conference in Chicago in June or Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in September and concentrate on attending those lectures / workshops that deal with these issues. If we are lucky some of these speakers will speak on these topics at local or state or regional events.
Or we can take charge of our own learning. Self-directed study is a process in which the learner takes the initiative, with or without help from others, to determine personal learning needs, set personal goals, find learning resources, select and use learning strategies and evaluation tools to suit individual needs.
You become your own learner and teacher. You are the one and only one-person band. Are you ready for this? What do you think?
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