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“Mastering Genealogical Proof” by Thomas Jones

By , March 18, 2013

Mastering Genealogical Proof

from the National Genealogical Society website: 

Pre-order your copy today of this essential guide to genealogical  research today. The National Genealogical Society presents this important work as part of its Special Topic series.
As a unique textbook on genealogical methods and reasoning in the twentyfirst century, Mastering Genealogical Proof guides readers in acquiring genealogical skills transcending chronological, ethnic, geopolitical, and religious boundaries.

About the Book and Author

Mastering Genealogical Proof aims to help researchers, students, and new family historians reconstruct relationships and lives of people they cannot see. It presents content in digestible chunks. Each chapter concludes with problems providing practice for  proficiently applying the chapter’s concepts. Those problems, like examples throughout the book, use real records, real research, and real issues. Answers are at the back of the book along with a glossary of technical terms and an extensive resource list.

Thomas W. Jones, who has pursued his family history since he was fifteen, is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator.


  • Preface
  • Chapter 1 – Genealogy’s Standard of Proof
  • Chapter 2 – Concepts Fundamental to the GPS
  • Chapter 3 – GPS Element 1: Thorough Research
  • Chapter 4 GPS Element 2: Source Citations
  • Chapter 5 GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation
    Chapter 6 GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence
  • Chapter 7 GPS Element 5: The Written Conclusion
  • Chapter 8 – Using the GPS
  • Chapter 9 – Conclusion
  • Appendix A – Pritchett Article
  • Appendix B – McLain Article
  • Glossary
  • Reading and Source List
  • Answers to exercises
See the PDF for the full list of contents. See also a sample exercise.

Ordering Information

You can pre-order your copy of Mastering Genealogical Proof today. Order online (payment in full required at time of pre-order). Cost is $25 for NGS members and $30 for non-members.

Mastering Genealogical Proof will also be available for purchase at the NGS 2013 Family History Conference, 8-11 May, where Thomas W. Jones will hold two book signing events.

Estimated Ship Date: 20 May 2013

NGS Conference, Charleston, SC

By , May 11, 2011

Day 1 of the National Genealogical Conference in Charleston, South Carolina is off to a great start! The Elias’s and I have been walking the halls, picking up goodies and swapping stories about which speakers and lectures are the best and worse!

Here is Rob and Cathy with the NGS President Ann Hilke from Raleigh, NC:


Me (Ginger Smith) and Ann Hilke (NGS President):


We picked up Ava Knackman along the way and went out to dinner at Buffalo Wings:


We met D-OGS members Barbara Spruill and Nerissa Williams at the conference as well. We have yet to find Dan Durham who is supposed to be there. I also met one of my classmates there as well. She used to be a member of D-OGS.

I met David Rencher from FamilySearch. He will be visiting Durham and Chapel Hill next week to research his Rencher family roots. If anyone knows anything about the Rencher family, please let me know and I will put you in contact with him. He is also looking for a cemetery that used to be located where the mobile home trailer park is located just outside of Hillsborough off of I-40. If anyone knows anything about this cemetery or where it may have been moved to (or if it was paved over) please let me know.

I have been writing about my experiences at NGS on my personal blog, including some press releases from, the keynote address from David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, and . If you would like to follow along, feel free to read about it at my GenealogyByGinger Blog.

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