FC 86 Mastering Genealogical Proof with Thomas W. Jones

This week on Fieldstone Common our featured guest is Dr. Thomas W. Jones, CG, FASG, the author of the book Mastering Genealogical Proof.

Bio – Dr. Thomas W. Jones

Thomas W. Jones is an award-winning genealogical researcher, author, editor, and educator. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and he is the author of Mastering Genealogical Proof. Certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1994, Tom serves the board as a trustee and is a past president. He is the 2011 recipient of the Association of Professional Genealogists’ Professional Achievement Award, 2004 recipient of its Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit, and Mastering Genealogical Proof with Thomas W. Jones on Fieldstone Common1997 and 2002 winner of the National Genealogical Society Award for Excellence for scholarly articles in the NGS Quarterly. Tom also is a professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

Tom teaches in Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program, online and in the classroom. He coordinates week-long courses at the British Institute, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Samford University’s Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research. Tom also conducts frequent seminars for state and local genealogical societies, nationally and internationally. His presentations focus on methods of genealogical research, reasoning, and problem solving.

Personal and professional genealogical research since 1963 has taken Tom to records of all states east of the Mississippi and four western states. His experience includes on-site research in courthouses, libraries, and archives in most of those states, the Family History Library, and other major genealogical repositories. He also has conducted research in records of France, Germany, Italy, and Ireland, and on-site research in Ireland.

Book Summary

Mastering Genealogical Proof aims to help researchers, students, and new family historians reconstruct relationships and lives of people they cannot see. It presents content in digestible chunks. Each chapter concludes with problems providing practice for proficiently applying the chapter’s concepts. Those problems, like examples throughout the book, use real records, real research, and real issues. Answers are at the back of the book along with a glossary of technical terms and an extensive resource list.

Publication Info Mastering Genealogical Proof with Thomas W. Jones on Fieldstone Common

Title: Mastering Genealogical Proof

Publisher: National Genealogical Society (2013)

Paperback; 178 pages with 2 appendices, a glossary, a reading and source list and answers to the exercises.

Mastering Genealogical Proof is available for purchase from the National Genealogical Society website .

The Interview

Tom and I dive into the various aspects of the Genealogical Proof Standard. Tom provides examples about how to formulate questions, the process of analysis and correlation and what to do when there are evidence conflicts. He even discusses how to approach citations so they are not so scary!

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Prize Winner

One copy of Mastering Genealogical Proof was given out to the Fieldstone Common audience courtesy of the National Genealogical Society.

The winner is:

  • Fiona Telleson of Australia

Congratulations to our winner and thanks to the National Genealogical Society for their generosity in donating the book!

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  1. Thank you – Thank you – Thank you! All the way from Australia my sincere thanks.

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