Applying Evidence to Genealogical Research Questions

Melissa Johnson, CG
Feb 19, 2019
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Learn about BCG
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Speaker's Introduction
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Why Questions?
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Developing Strong Questions
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Key Terminology
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Working with Evidence
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

The best approach to solving genealogical problems is to start with a strong, attainable research question. Learn about the different types of research questions, the components of a good research question, and how the research question drives the elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Melissa Johnson, CG, is a professional genealogist, writer and editor. She has expertise in researching families with origins in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and England, and works on forensic cases, dual citizenship matters, and lineage so
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Excellent direction on use of GPS

    A good review. Well structured.

    Brilliant webinar giving excellent detail on what to do and what not to do with research questions. Then applying the test of the GPS.

    clear and concise

    Clear and concise.

    Clear and concise. Melissa always does a great job.

    clear, concise, academically based

    Concise and well presented.

    Examples were very helpful

    Excellent advice provided in this webinar. I really appreciated the way Melissa presented the subject matter and have learned a great deal about documenting and writing down my questions and the searches done to try and answer those questions.

    Excellent and useful presentation! Thanks!

    Excellent help for researching.

    excellent presentation

    Excellent presentation with clear explanations.

    Excellent presentation! So logical and clear!

    Excellent presentation. Good examples. Handout very helpful

    Excellent presentation. Very clear on this difficult subject. Now I just have to remember it!

    excellent process, explained clearly



    Excellent, learned a lot.

    Excellent, very clear and concise.

    Excellent. Followed the syllabus well.


    Good basic intro to research questions. Good idea to identify different types of research questions.

    Good for BCG applicants

    Good info and clear explanations about proof standards.

    Good information

    Good speaker, concise, with good recommendations.

    Good survey on evidence.

    Great information

    Great information to improve my genealogical research.

    Great job handling all of the questions with great examples! Enjoyed your presentation. Thank you.

    Great lecturer!

    Great slides; very well presented. Thank you for the handout.


    I enjoyed it, took notes about it as well.

    I enjoyed the webinar.

    I enjoyed the webinar. It is interesting to know that you really have to check the questions you ask.

    I liked the your use of examples.

    I think Melissa, the speaker, went through the material VERY fast. I am glad I have a subscription so I can listen/watch again, and proof the notes I took. THIS was an excellent webinar and just the ticket for me.

    I thought she did a great job with explanations and examples.



    Informative and well presented.

    Insightful on Evidence and Sources.

    Interesting. As a retired attorney, I was curious about the genealogical proof standard. My conclusion: Law school was great preparation for genealogical research.

    It is always good to find out more about the correct way to do genealogical research.

    It was very clear and helpful.

    Lots of good information. I need to go back and do some additional documentation of my sources.

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Melissa delivered her topic concisely in a professional manner. The slides compliment the handout.

    Melissa does a fantastic job — I’ve seen this in person but enjoy listening to her and she always puts things in perspective.

    Melissa hit it out of the park — crisp, concise presentation with great examples to clarify her points. Her slides were well done, in content as well as visually. Master class in one hour… totally brilliant!

    Melissa is an excellent speaker. She clearly gets her points across. The technical quality of the webinar was also excellant.

    Melissa is awesome.

    Melissa is extremely knowledgeable, always informative — enjoyed her talks at the Oklahoma Genealogy Society the times she’s visited.

    Melissa most helpful

    Melissa speaks clearly and stays on point.

    Melissa was easy to understand, and offered a great deal of knowledge. Gave me a very clear direction to proceed in my research. Wish I could have a one on one chat with her.

    Melissa, excellent presentation content and delivery. Thank you!

    Most of the questions were very simple. Nothing complex to sort through

    Nice clean line of details which detail the reasons why following the GPS is important.

    Of course we all hunger for three-hour webinars where each proposed research question is carried through and answered (or shown to be poorly-asked)! I liked the (seemingly tedious) way specificity of identity was repeated at length, just to indicate how easy it can be to slack off in focus.

    One of the best webinars so far. Well prepared, organized and presented. Great questions and experienced answers. Thanks for presenting.

    She explained how I can write better phrase my research questions. I also found helpful the categorization of identity, relationship and circumstance because it made me think about how different kinds of records would help solve each type of problem.

    Super – every gen group should show this webinar to their members – new and old will learn from this simlply outline direct and well explained slide show!

    Terrific webinar! Thank you.

    Thank you for clear and concise information.

    The presentation was excellent! Melissa provided solid information.

    This topic of applying evidence seems like a basic one but I’m glad you all are still presenting on this information. It’s a good basis and hearing it repeated from different sources and perspectives definitely helps with the learning experience.

    This was so expert! I will recommend it to my gen friends.

    This was superb.

    This webinar was so clear and concise yet provided such excellent information on developing effective research questions.

    Very clear and concise. Learned how to write a research question more clearly. I should have asked the question of how to motivate beginning genealogists to develop this habit. I already knew about the GPS.

    Very clear and concise…able to understand first time through!

    Very clear and easy to understand. Thank you!

    Very clear cut summary. Helped me to understand a few more things about the process.

    Very clear explanations!

    Very clear explanations.

    Very clear presentation.

    Very clear, concise explanations

    Very clear; therefore, easy to understand.

    Very enjoyable, lots of good questions! Jeanne

    very good

    Very good presentation with notes that will be handy to have.

    Very good presentation. Great examples; excellent examples of how to construct a research question and how to apply GPS to answer the question

    Very good presenter -clearly communicated the topic.

    Very good! So much to learn. Thank you.

    Very helpful

    Very helpful and interesting information to guide using correct and accurate methodology.

    very helpful, now to put into practice

    Very helpful. I’m working on my portfolio for certification. Today’s webinar let me know that my work is in line with the GPS.

    Very informative and helpful.

    Very informative. Good clarification of how to write a clear concise research question.

    Very nice basis for the formulation of research questions and applying the evidence to answer the question.

    Very organized presentation. Important points clearly articulated.

    Very Thought Provoking!

    Very well done! Great explanations and examples. Thank you!

    Wonderful presentation – thorough, precise, understandable.


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