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 with other genealogists to discuss the concepts. Mentors volunteer their time to host the group discussions and answer questions on the topics. Mentors are not paid and therefore do not grade assignments. They may choose to give feedback as their time allows.
Additional Information about the Program:
- 8 weeks of study and group discussions
- Weekly assignments from the book which must be completed and submitted online
- Total time commitment of 10-15 hours per week
- Self-study program
- Weekly 90 minute Zoom meetings
- Groups of ~12 peers
- Guidance by an experienced mentor
- Enrollment fee of about $50
- Certificate of completion awarded
The program is geared toward experienced genealogists with formal education at the intermediate level or higher. Students must be able to participate meaningfully in discussions about the concepts of the Genealogical Proof Standard, evidence analysis, source citations, and more. Registrants should demonstrate their education and experience including genealogy courses, conferences, institutes, or an equivalent.
To receive a completion certificate and to be considered a graduate of the program, you must:
- Complete all assignments
- Attend each weekly discussion
- Engage in weekly meetings
To facilitate discussion, all students work on the same assignment each week, but assignments are not graded. Each assignment is checked by the Program Coordinator for effort and completeness.”
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