GenProof Study Groups are based on the book Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones. The program is a guided study program supported by material in the book, discussions with peers, and the guidance of an experienced mentor. After completing the program, you will know the tenets of the Genealogical Proof Standard, understand reasonably exhaustive research, be able to write source citations, conduct analysis, and know when to use a proof summary. Additionally, this is a great opportunity to network and meet peers in similar stages of their educational journey.
The Study Groups Add Value by Providing:
·       A framework for studying the book
·       Additional exercises to reinforce the concepts
·       A mentor to guide the group and answer questions
·       Focused questions to discuss within the peer group

This is an intense, condensed study program. Participants must dedicate 5-10 hours per week (up to 40 hours a month) for its successful completion.

The GenProof Study Group provides an opportunity for participants to study the chapters in Mastering Genealogical Proof  by Thomas W. Jones. Participants read each chapter and complete the exercises in the book, then meet together with other genealogists to discuss the concepts. Mentors volunteer their time to host the group discussions and answer questions on the topics. 


In the preface of his book Mastering Genealogical Proof, Thomas W. Jones states "I wrote this book to help other genealogists understand in a reasonable time frame what decades of trial-and-error experiences have taught me. I hope the text and exercises will save them from the embarrassing blunders and misconceptions I have experienced. I hope it will enable many more family historians to advance their genealogical research goals efficiently and accurately. All of us should be able to reconstruct confidently, and portray accurately, the lives and relationships of people we cannot see."