Seeing the Patterns: Organize, Visualize, & Evaluate the Evidence

Seeing the Patterns: Organize, Visualize, & Evaluate the Evidence

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by Teri E. Flack

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Seeing the Patterns: Organize, Visualize, & Evaluate the Evidence


We gather lots of information, data, and evidence as we research our ancestors. The difficulty lies in analyzing the information, correlating it to data gathered from multiple sources, determining patterns, identifying holes in our research, and understanding the evidence. Organizing data using timelines, chronologies, charts, tables, and other assemblages can help us compare, correlate, and analyze evidence. This presentation will offer multiple ways of visualizing data to make it easier to analyze and evaluate evidence, discover gaps and missing information, see how pieces of the puzzle fit together, and uncover new paths for research.


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Presenter: Teri E. Flack

 A 6th generation Texan, Teri E. Flack is a genealogy and historical researcher, consultant, and lecturer specializing research methodology, Southern research, and finding Texas ancestors. Teri is a fellow of the Texas State Genealogical Society. She chairs the TxSGS Records Preservation and Access Committee and serves as the Texas state liaison to the national RPAC. Teri serves on the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board, a state-level board dedicated to the preservation and use of Texas’ documentary heritage. She is also a member of the Travis County Historical Commission, serving as the county’s Historical Marker Chair. As a volunteer archivist at the Texas State Archives, Teri is currently processing Galveston County records to make them accessible to the public. 

Teri E. Flack