Met for the first time with Barb, my new apprentice. A recent stroke has made a lot of research tasks challenging for me, so I figure I could train an enthusiastic genealogist to do professional quality research while she does the keyboard, microfim reader and footwork under my direction. Here’s what we discussed today
After the initial business of expectations was covered and concurred with, we discussed her current gen ed activities. She’s taking courses with the National institute for Genealogical Studies.
- We discussed some reading assignnments and I gave her two articles on organizing records.
- I asked her to purchase Mill’s Evidence! , the BCG Genealogical Standards Manual, and a basic text on doing English research.
- We then discussed the first learning task. I supplied a basic text on doing English research and asked her to read each chapter carefully, then write a precis of about 500 words on the key concepts being taught. This was to be followed by creating 15 questions, mostly how and why questions, on the content of each chapter. These two tasks will assist her in close comprehension of each chapter. Probably drive her nuts, too.
- As one of early chapters was on English census, I assigned a book by Susan Lomas, Making Use of the Census, to consult in following up on that chapter.
- Finally I gave her a simple research assignment involving English Census and Civil Registration lookups.
We’ll meet and discuss progress soon. i’ll be sharing more on the apprenticeadventure periodically.
What do you think?