How to Find the Truth about a Family Story

Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL
Jun 28, 2024
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About this webinar

Oral history provides the foundation for all family research. Documentary evidence builds structure on that foundation. But documents often conflict with family traditions. How do we determine the core truths that are essential to understanding our own past? This class examines the causes of those conflicts and demonstrates how to peel away generations of confusion to find the real story that underpins family lore. Case studies include both Native American and African American traditions.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Across a long career, Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, has been an innovator of research methods and strategies. Published widely by academic and popular presses, she edited a national-level scholarly journal for 16 years, taught
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    Rebecca Corson
    2 weeks ago

    Once again Elizabeth Shown Mills with methodology, sound research, using maps and DNA those brick walls can be broken and family stories can be set right. Elizabeth does not disappoint and I need to slow down my process and evaluate the information I have. You give us all hope that with good basic research methodology techniques, we all can break those brick walls.

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    Sandra Floberg
    2 weeks ago

    This was the most exciting and exhausting of any of ESM’s presentations over the more than 20 years I have been acquainted with her. Unbelievable!

  3. KD
    Kathleen D Rippel
    2 weeks ago

    I always enjoy ESM’s presentations and this one did not disappoint. Sometimes I need to slow down and absorb the steps, so re-watching might be a good thing.

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    Harold McClendon
    2 weeks ago

    Good use of the concepts of “verify and document” that guide us in all of our research. Ms. Mills demonstrates that we need to verify all of the facts in the story in detail to be certain of the facts.

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    Debbie Cravens
    2 weeks ago

    As always ESM’s lectures inspire me to not give up on my brick-wall research, with so many new avenues to follow. There are so many ways to look at these genealogical “problems”. She is amazing.

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    Donna Jones
    2 weeks ago

    Elizabeth’s webinars are amazing. There is so much to learn from her about methodology. Thank you so much for the wonderful webinar series.

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    Carol Mitchell
    2 weeks ago

    Wonderful presentation, as usual!

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    Gail Streun
    2 weeks ago

    Excellent as always! Thanks especially for the information about the Dawes Commission.


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