Category Archives: Ken’s Lectures

Post-move Doldrums.

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Unpacking my files I see I shipped some junk with my goodies.It happens fromtime to time that we find ourselves holding on to things we should have dumped lears ago. For example:

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4. Learning and Practicing the Genealogical Proof Standard

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I've been struggling over a lecture I'm giving in Oshawa at the Ontario Genealogical Society annual Seminar next week. My topic, Essentials of Documentation for Genealogists addresses the second part of the Genealogical Proof Standard, "We collect and include in our compilation a complete, accurate citation to the source or sources of each item of information we use" ( BCG Standards Manual (Orem, UT: Ancestry, 2000) page 1)

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Updating My Program Evaluation Form

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A recent comment on an earlier posting prompts me to share thoughts on my program evaluation form. Let's make this like a workshop and you can participate with me. First I'll discuss my objectives in using a form, then some insights into the the reasoning behind the structure. Finally comes your part. Look at the form, then make suggestions for changes and improvements, or comment on how it looks from your perspective. Interested? Read on.

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From a How–To Article to a Case Study Lecture

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Have you ever read a how-to article in a genealogical society publication that was stripped down, economical of language and so clear you wanted to do that search? I recently read an article like that in the National Genealogical Society Newsmagazine that got me thinking. I like lectures that are illustrated with a case study showing how one problem was solved, but doing so with suffiicient information that the listener could use the same process with his or her problem. Here's what I'm talking about.

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Lessons for Program Planners from Speakers’ Laments

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Recently I spoke in a nearby city to a group of 25 genealogists. I had had to reschedule the event from the previous month and had generously given them a "deal": my lecture for half the usual fee, no charge for travel and no meal charges. I did however stipulate that I would need to get in 30 minutes early to set up, and they needed to supply a large screen. So what happened?

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Preparing for A Research Trip to an Archive or Library

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One of the great weaknesses in the genealogists who I served as a librarian for 22 years was their lack of advance preparation before visiting an archives, library or record repository of any sort. So a few years ago I prepared a lecture entitled "Romancing the Librarian" which is now a two hour workshop. Here's what we cover.

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Power Point Failure: Let’s Try a Workbook

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A few weeks ago I did a 2.5 hour workshop called "Evaluating Birth Marriage and Death Information" which I originally developed a year ago using overhead transparencies. I thought about it this afternoon while cleaning my office and finding one of the overheads. In converting the material to a PowerPoint illustrated workshop I was concerned about the size and clarity of the images of original and derivitive documents used. Lets be honest: to folks at the back some looked small and fuzzy.

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