Smiths & Joneses: Success with Families of Common Name

Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL
Feb 24, 2023
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Speaker's Introduction
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Setting the Stage
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The Models
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Case Study: Mary Smith
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Case Study: Joshua Jones
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

“Identity theft” happens easily with common-name families. This session uses two case studies from two different societies—a Jones family from the Northern U.S. and a Smith family from the South—to demonstrate how to work safely with common-name families. The first ten minutes ground the audience in four problem-solving models. On that foundation, Mills then walks her class through sources and strategies that are often overlooked amid today’s reliance upon database searches, provider hints, and crowd-sourcing.

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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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  1. DS
    Diana Slater
    1 year ago

    Excellent presentation. This is my second time listening and I’m sure it’s not my last. Great Job. Thank you!

  2. BB
    Bernice Bennett
    1 year ago

    Excellent presentation!

  3. DJ
    Diane Jeffer
    1 year ago

    Great presentation. My grandmother was born in Lukin Township. After the webinar I dug around in the Land Patents and I believe some of my ancestors were neighbors of your Jones and Witter families.

  4. ED
    Elaine Drury
    1 year ago

    Thank you so much for another amazing webinar

  5. GM
    1 year ago

    Excellent presentation and syllabus, thank you Elizabeth and Legacy Family Tree Webinars. I’ll certainly be watching the webinar again.

  6. MM
    Maggy Miller
    1 year ago

    Very interesting

  7. MK
    Muriel King
    1 year ago

    Very knowledgeable speaker

  8. JT
    Joseph Triplett
    1 year ago

    Geoff, thank you for creating a venue that ESM is comfortable with, to extend the privilege of the sharing of her expertise. There is only one GOAT in genealogydom and her name is Elizabeth.


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