Abstracting Documents: An Essential Skill for All Genealogists

Julie Miller, CG, CGL
Sep 21, 2022
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Welcome
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About BCG
4m 29s
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Speaker's Introduction
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Introduction
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Transcription
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Extract
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Abstract
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Abstracting Deeds
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Abstracting Wills
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Announcements
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Questions / answers
25m 12s

About this webinar

Every document that is used during genealogical research must be thoroughly and accurately analyzed. Abstracting is a fundamental part of this research and analyzing process. Yet many genealogists are not confident in their ability to perform this task effectively and efficiently. This causes researchers to avoid the abstracting process resulting in research errors. An abstract is a summary of all the important details in a document. This presentation will examine the abstracting process by using examples that show how to abstract a variety of documents, general guidelines for abstracting, what to include and what to eliminate when creating an abstract, and lastly will explore some problems that might be encountered while abstracting.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Julie Miller holds Certified Genealogist (CG) and Certified Genealogical Speaker (CGL) credentials and is a fellow of the National Genealogical Society. She is a full-time professional researcher, speaker, and writer who lives in Colorado. Julie s
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    Arlene Dukanauskas
    3 days ago

    Great job of explaining the steps to abstracting. And thanks so much for the information about the free transcript and Gen Scriber software.

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    Evelyn Sanford
    5 days ago

    This was such a welcomed webinar! I can’t tell you how many times I would be trying to transcribe but didn’t really know all the important steps to take. I am so thankful for learning about Abstracting. This is now my most important and valuable tool for transcription and will help when reading those deeds and wills in the future! Thank you, Julie.

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    Avi Applestein
    5 days ago

    Thanks, at 03:30 in Central Europe. it was worth staying up. Excellent presentation and lecture!

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    Kathie Grover-Miller
    5 days ago

    This was such a great webinar filled with useful information. I’ll be watching it many times over until I have the skill of abstracting down pat. Thank you!!

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    Amy Andre
    5 days ago

    While the content of this webinar is more about the methodolgy [sic] of genealogy than most webinars I watch, it made me think about the key steps “Transcribe Extract Analyze”. Now… I just need to practice [ 😉 ]

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    Teresa Carlow
    5 days ago

    Uniformly Excellent! Such a complicated subject dissected perfectly and professionally. Thank you very much. Teresa

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    Pamela Vittorio
    5 days ago

    Julie’s presentation was concise, well-organized, and easy to follow. She provided excellent examples and very clear explanations. I truly enjoyed this webinar.

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    Jane Harmon
    5 days ago

    Excellent speaker, excellent syllabus, all equaling a wonderful webinar.

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