16 April 2014

OCAPG Professional Development Day

Less than two weeks ago, I joined approximately 20 other members of the Ontario Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists for an amazing workshop on Advanced Genealogical Skills.

This workshop was led by Dr. Thomas Jones, well known author, editor and lecturer from Fairfax, Virginia. Tom has edited the prestigious National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002. He is also a trustee and past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogist and a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, among many other accomplishments. Suffice it to say, Tom has been in the vanguard of the evolution and revolution that occurred in the field of genealogy which led to the development of the Genealogical Proof Standard. His book, Mastering Genealogical Proof has filled an immense gap in the literature of genealogy.

Tom gave us 4 packed lectures during the day: Developing an Evidence Orientation; Correlating Sources, Information, and Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems; Resolving Conflicting Evidence; and Writing Genealogy. My head is still whirling  almost 2 weeks later! I have learned so much and will be looking at my past research to see where to apply all the concepts presented.

Of equal importance was the networking going on that day. We had members from all across Ontario and even one member from Quebec attended. It was great to finally put names to faces.

OCAPG members with Dr. Thomas Jones - photo Janet Iles

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