Genealogical Evidence-based Writing, Organizational Brainstorming, and ChatGPT (OpenAI’s artificial intelligence)

In my SLIG 2023 class today in Evidenced-Based Writing (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy), we were in a session on writing preparation and organization, so when we were given ten minutes to try an organizational exercise, I thought I'd see what ChatGPT could do in ten minutes. I've been working on a research project for … Continue reading Genealogical Evidence-based Writing, Organizational Brainstorming, and ChatGPT (OpenAI’s artificial intelligence)

Overlay Enumeration District Maps onto Modern Street Maps to Find Relatives in Census by Place

To narrow the scope of a researcher's task, overlaying an enumeration district map on top of a modern street map may enable the researcher to focus their line-by-line browsing of census page images by dramatically lessening the number of pages to review.

Reflection Journal: Week 3: Timelines, Source Citations for DNA & Documentary Sources, & File Organization

During the winter-spring of 2022, I am enrolled in the genetic genealogy course, Research Like a Pro with DNA Study Group, from the team at Family Locket of Diana Elder, Nicole Dyer, and Robin Wirthlin. A weekly reflection journal is one course component. I’m sharing mine. This week's lesson consisted of work with timelines, citations, and … Continue reading Reflection Journal: Week 3: Timelines, Source Citations for DNA & Documentary Sources, & File Organization

Reflection Journal: Week 2: Create a Diagram of your Matches & Write a Research Objective

Introduction: Context, Assignment, and Prerogative As I move into the second week of the course, I build from last week’s work. This week, I use the assessment of our DNA matches and analysis of our pedigree from my previous efforts, and I create diagrams to visualize that information and I refine our possible research objectives. … Continue reading Reflection Journal: Week 2: Create a Diagram of your Matches & Write a Research Objective

Reflection Journal: Week 1: Assess Your DNA Matches & Analyze Your Pedigree

Series information During the winter-spring of 2022, I am enrolled in the genetic genealogy course, Research Like a Pro with DNA Study Group, from the team at Family Locket of Diana Elder, Nicole Dyer, and Robin Wirthlin. A weekly reflection journal is one course component. I’m sharing mine. This week’s assignment: analyze your pedigree and list 2-3 … Continue reading Reflection Journal: Week 1: Assess Your DNA Matches & Analyze Your Pedigree

Reflection Journal: Week 0: Introduction: Research Like a Pro with DNA – Study Group

Series information During the winter-spring of 2022, I am enrolled in the genetic genealogy course, Research Like a Pro with DNA Study Group, from the team at Family Locket of Diana Elder, Nicole Dyer, and Robin Wirthlin. A weekly reflection journal is one course component. I'm sharing mine. This week’s assignment: in preparation for the … Continue reading Reflection Journal: Week 0: Introduction: Research Like a Pro with DNA – Study Group