The Family Tapestry: Integrating Proof Arguments into the Genealogical Narrative

Jeanne Bloom, CG
May 19, 2015
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Elements of an Argument
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Reasonably Exhaustive Research
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Case Study: Thomas Larzelere
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About this webinar

When we tell a story, sometimes we need to stop and explain. Just how did we figure out who the main character's mother was—without any census, vital records, or probate records? This problem confronts every genealogist who prepares a portfolio for certification as well. Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, will use the language of weaving and the work of distinguished philosopher Stephen Toulmin to deal with this perennial issue in writing up genealogical research.


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About the speaker

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, is past president of BCG and a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County, Illinois, forensic genealogy, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. She holds a Bachelor of A
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