Peeling the Onion: Getting to the Original Sources (a 2022 Reisinger lecture)

Gary Ball-Kilbourne, PhD, CG
Oct 7, 2022
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Getting to the Original Sources
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Case Study 1
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Case Study 2
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Case Study 3
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Case Study 4
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Genealogy Standards 38 and 58 strongly express a preference for using original sources. Diligent researching and a few tricks of the trade enable genealogists to find original sources that underlie authored narratives and derivative sources.

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About the speaker

Gary Ball-Kilbourne, PhD, CG®, is a genealogical researcher, teacher, and writer. He is a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and serves as the editor of BCG’s publication, OnBoard. He has written articles for the
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  1. BB
    Brian Boneham
    2 years ago

    Brilliant webinar with some great tip on how to continually move forward when researching early ancestors.

  2. MS
    Mark Stickle
    2 years ago

    Excellent presentation! Even though I consider myself a “seasoned” researcher and have done archival work for many years, the case studies were very informative.

  3. RJ
    Rusty Jenkins
    2 years ago

    Excellent. I appreciate how slowly and carefully he presents. Very understandable. Loved the examples he used. It gives me hope of the possibilities of peeling back to the original sources of authored works that I have used in documenting my early American lines. Thank you.

  4. SB
    Shirley Becker
    2 years ago

    Valuable advice on tracing back to the original source. Things I didn’t know explained clearly. At age 90 I am unable to research in person, but am hopeful I can find some on line to clear the way to originals.

  5. WB
    Wanda Bower
    2 years ago

    I knew about “peeling the onion” and working one’s way back to the original record – in theory. It’s extremely helpful to follow someone’s steps through this process. His example of going to the laws of the time for context is extremely helpful for those who are unfamiliar with the importance of context.

  6. JH
    Jane Harmon
    2 years ago

    Most excellent webinar and syllabus!

  7. DC
    Debbie Cravens
    2 years ago

    I love these webinars. Always something new to learn and put into practice. Very practical and helpful.

  8. MB
    meta Brown
    2 years ago

    Such an important topic, and good examples digging back to original sources that are not obvious.


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