Trust me … it was hilarious! Seriously though, I am participating in a fascinating new study group in SecondLife – thanks to DearMYRTLE, who (in addition to everything else she has going on) managed to arrange it all! We will be studying Inferential Genealogy. It is one of the many courses available at FamilySearch. It is hosted by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, UGA, FNGS. Not only that … this is where my favorite 4-letter word comes into play … it’s FREE!
Our first meeting was on Tuesday, May 31. We had so many people in attendance, our little corner of the SecondLife world was closed. I think we had a total of 35 people (including Mr. Myrt, who sacrificed his place so someone else could attend – such a gentleman!) around the firepit at JustGenealogy.
We discussed the Introduction and the handouts (we were instructed not to work ahead). One of our assignments was to come up with our own definition of Inferential Genealogy. Here’s mine (in a nutshell):
Inferential Genealogy is the process of taking a lot of different documents from a lot of different places and using them to draw conclusions about relationships and identities when no single record is able to do it.
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