Study Groups to Help You Master Genealogical Proof

Our program offers genealogists a guided exploration of Mastering Genealogical Proof, by Thomas W. Jones, in a group-study format. Under the leadership of a skilled volunteer mentor we provide live discussions in Zoom, online discussions in Basecamp, and independent reading and written assignments, supported by the book’s content and additional proprietary materials.

How often we form study groups depends on the availability of our talented volunteer mentors. Our goal is to host two sessions per year: late March-mid May and late September-mid November. We’ll announce session dates on Facebook once they’re set – usually about two months before the starting week. You can stay up to date by following us there.  If you “like” our Facebook page you’ll receive notification of any posts.

During the program you will develop a deeper understanding of:

  • The Genealogical Proof Standard and its application
  • Fundamental genealogical concepts
  • The research cycle
  • Documentation
  • The processes of analysis, correlation, and conflict resolution
  • Assembling evidence to form a conclusion
  • Written proofs

The GenProof Study Groups program is designed for genealogists who have both practical experience with a variety of record types and formal education at the intermediate level or higher. This is a challenging study program. Even advanced genealogists benefit from repeat engagements with the concepts, methodologies, and standards taught in Mastering Genealogical Proof.  GenProof students must have enough familiarity with the topics listed above to participate meaningfully in the live group discussions.

Read the Program Description and our FAQs section for important information about GenProof Study Groups.


We use the Eventbrite platform for registration. We’ll set up the registration event as soon as all group meeting dates are firmly established. Once we’ve done so, you’ll be able to see that there’s an upcoming event, though not yet register.

We’ll open registration six weeks prior to the session’s starting week. It will remain open for four weeks, unless all groups fill before then.

To enroll:

  • Select the upcoming registration event.
  • Select the “Register” link
  • A window will open with the meeting dates/times and remaining available spaces for each group. We operate entirely in Eastern time zone, so adjust according to your location.
  • Registration is first come–first served and there are no waiting lists.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to withdraw during the registration period, we will refund your tuition less Eventbrite’s small, non-refundable fee. We are unable to offer tuition refunds for withdrawals after registration closes.