Careful analysis of individual records may reveal more evidence than we might think. Careful correlation combines all the evidence to solve difficult research problems.
This was presented to a live webinar audience on November 2, 2016. 1 hour 25 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts.
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- A real sleuthing lesson.
- always a pleasure to follow someone else's process. Especially when fifteen years of research get rendered gown to an hour.
- Always enjoy the classes that teach methodology. I need to re-watch again with the handout nearby.
- Always great to watch the process of others. Liked when he said that he wasn't always diligent at tracking his sources, especially negative sources. Gives hope to the rest of us that have that issue that things can improve.
- Am taking the Certificate Program at Boston University. This was a good re-explanation of some of the topics. I find that listening to many different explanations helps. Thank you, Chris
- amazing process. Will need to re-watch to keep everything straight!
- Case studies are great because we can see the principles of good genealogy put into practice.
- Chris did a fabulous job. Very well done! A new favorite!
- Chris just proved to me I'm really only scratching the surface in my research.
- Chris reinforced good research habits when working on complicated cases. Great work!
- Chris Staats is excellent! He very clearly walks through every step and his slides are great! Thank you Legacy for another great webinar!
- Clear concise critical thinking. Don't let your personal bias interfere with analysis. Steps can be used for any problem you face in genealogy.
- Enjoyed learning more about colonial area research problems and ways to solve the puzzles they present
- Enjoyed the case study, and the comprehensive analysis that was employed. Chris was very thorough. Thanks.
- Excellent case study illustrating how to deal with a complex problem.
- Excellent presentation of a complex case study! I would benefit from attending more presentations like this.
- Excellent talk on genealogical research - the good and the pitfalls and, especially, not accepting everything at face value.
- Exceptionally good. Very interesting case study.
- Fantastic information to ponder over. The sign of the X tells me to look at some of my records. Great job Chris!
- Fast-paced on personal research/case study which the presenter clearly knew about. Encapsulated the research process.
- great to get ideas from other's analysis!
- Great webinar! Like that he showed his steps and conclusions, helpful. Thanks :)
- I enjoy following along with other researchers' case studies--how they use the information that they've found to arrive at conclusions. You can learn so much from that.
- I have to go over some of my early New England research again with very different eyes to evaluate and make some better conclusions!
- It was interesting to see the conclusion that Elijah didn't sign some of the documents attributed to him, which makes you think that a notation should have been made that he was being represented by another person.
- Liked that he used a case study. Offered good strategies.
- Love the case study approach. And he sure had all his "ducks in a row" for this presentation ! Very neat outline of Sources/information/evidence .
- Really appreciate the case study approach in the webinars. I hope to get certification at some point and it really helps.
- Some interesting points we hadn't considered before. Liked his use of the (Excel/Word) tables for timelines and comparisons.
- super learning method---I love case studies and this one was a winner!!! Thanks for a great webinar!
- This is the kind of thing I need most right now- the nitty gritty of deep analysis. Great webinar, especially as Chris seems to process things in a way similar to me, so it's a real help for me.
- Thank you, Geoff, for making this level of training available to us folks out here in the hinterlands.
- Very Interesting, never be happy with one or two documents, thinking you have your answer..... Hopefully I have learned this lesson today. Thank You Chris..
- Wow! I thought my tree was complex. Hat's off to you Chris.
- WOW! So much to absorb! Genealogical research is NOT completed in one day, one month or even one year!!!!!!!!!!!
Chris Staats is a Cleveland, Ohio-based professional genealogical researcher, presenter, and writer. He has written articles for Family Tree Magazine, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and other publications. Chris has given presentations covering methodology, resources, technology, and other topics at genealogical societies and libraries across Ohio. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, chapter representative for the Great Lakes APG chapter, and Seminar Chairperson for the Western Reserve Historical Society's Genealogical Committee.