A genealogistís goal is to establish identity and prove relationships; complex evidence is the ONLY way to do this. Follow a case study of clues from multiple sources to solve a problem.
This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on October 28, 2015. 1 hour 42 minutes, plus 6 pages of handouts.
Comments from Warren's last webinar:
- A great source of information and food for thoughts. Thank you :)
- Absolutely awesome!
- Always great to learn by following an example. I appreciate the thorough analysis.
- An excellent webinar with a very well organised real life example, using a variety of records. A wealth of useful tips and hints.
- Another awesome learning experience today; this webinar was great.
- Another excellent webinar. Keep up the good work in providing us with such good content.
- Another GREAT webinar! As usual I learned a LOT! Thank you for all the great education you give.
- As a retired adult education administrator, I was impressed with the presentation and content of this webinar.
- Best I've seen Outstanding step by step presentation. Thanks for providing these webinars
- Bitner is always superb.
- Case studies are such an excellent way to learn the details and nuances of research! Warren B. did a superb job of going through all the documents, analyzing, and concluding... A top-notch researcher/genealogist. Once again, a "best webinar" from Legacy. Also, love the new Education website with all the webinars and how to use the various parts. Cheers to you all.
- CCGS is still talking about this one
- Convinced me to start writing an evidence summary and analysis for each person. Thank-you
- each webinar is top quality education. What a privilege you extend to us. Thanks
- Enjoyed! Always good to reinforce the lesson that perseverance pays off...even if it takes years.
- Evidence is Complex, and today's webinar really helped me to organize my thought process of understanding it better. I enjoyed seeing his research work, which mirror's most of my toughest research projects. Putting all evidence together does give a wider view of the evidence and Written Conclusions are a must! (which I need to work on!) Handout was excellent......Thank You Very Much!
- Excellent advice. In talking to family history researchers at genealogy meetings; most researchers don't spend enough time reading and re-reading their sources.
- Excellent presentation. I particular liked how he showed the connection of information at the end in the different sources.
- Excellent seminar. Information we all need to hear many times.
- Excellent webinar! Warren Bittner is so thorough and deliberate with his research. Thank you very much.
- Fabulous webinar. I realize I would have accepted some of the first records and left it there. I have much more research to do.
- Fabulous. This is one I will rewatch as soon as it is available.
- Great explanation of the different kinds of evidence. EVERY beginning genealogist should watch this.
- Great reminder of the GPS. Warren is right it takes a great deal of discipline to adhere to the standard and take the time to do all the parts of the Analysis. But if you do it, it saves you time down the road.
- Great speaker. Well presented information for a "complex" topic. Warren made it easy to understand and showed what an exhaustive research is all about.
- Great to see detailed pre-internet, foundational research techniques.
- GREAT webinar on evidence! I would enjoy more webinars on this topic as that is my weakness!
- Great Webinar! I learned so much, he was so explicit and gave so much information it is one of my most favorite!
- Helps me realize how important writing proof and reason down is. Thanks
- I didn't think they could top any of the other webinars but Warren certainly out did himself.
- I love the case study webinars the most! Please have lots more. I'm so looking forward to Karen's next week!!!
- I loved his explaining the various kinds of evidence with the case study.. Excellent.
- I loved it. Even when he stated the importance of negative evidence and PROPER sourcing.
- I loved the thought processes that were demonstrated when evaluating different sources. Thanks so much
- I thought the slides were particularly good. The slides with the red lines connecting the information really helped me see how each piece added to the total picture.
- Incredible information regarding cross-source proofing.
- Interesting to note you have to triangulate your information. Never really realized that until this was pointed out today. :-)
- I've been to a presentation by Warren previously, so I've been looking forward to this Webinar. Fabulous material and presentation. One of the very best!! Please bring Warren back again. Warren is gifted in making techniques and ideas accessible. He has many very interesting lectures to choose from.
- I've seen Warren give this presentation in another context. It is something I think cannot be seen too many times, so I am glad Legacy Webinars has it and it is available in the library-- I'll be watching and studying it from time to time to solidify my research and analysis skills. One of the most important pieces of genealogical training I've had-- not to diminish the rest, but this is the core.
- Makes me realize I need more discipline in doing my research...log, log, log the evidence and map the evidence. great webinare! He was so organized and an outstanding speaker.
- One of the best ever!!!!!!!!
- One of the best presenters with excellent handout should make all of us better genealogists,
- One of the best webinars. Especially liked how Warren tied all the research together.
- Outstanding! Great outline, perfect pacing, clear language. Really was extremely helpful in my stuggles.
- Really liked using a case history to illustrate his thesis!!
- Saw Warren present this at a Pittsburgh conference, but seeing the graphics up close on the computer, rather than from back of a large room, was a significant improvement for grasping the info. Thank you. And now I can also review it at my leisure.
- Thank you Warren! For years I've been thinking outside of the traditional boxes BMD and making use of your style of Complex Genealogy thinking.
- Thanks for helping convert fluff into substance.
- Thanks, Warren & Geoff. Warren, I always concidered myself to be fairly intelligent, but you have blown away that self-image. Your analyitic ability and thought processes are absolutely amazing. A superb presentation! Geoff, you outdid yourself scheduling this webinar for us!
- The lecture was presented in a very flowing way, - point A to point B to Evidence etc. Very easy to follow and very easy to grasp his point. I love case studies that make it easy to understand. Thanks much for your work in selecting the presenters.
- This was one of the best webinars and that is saying a lot since I have learned something from every single webinar. I have missed a few but because I am a subscriber to these webinars I can still watch them. The new website makes them easy to find. What a deal!
- This was the best webinar I've ever attended & I've attended some really good one.
- This webinar was so helpful in explaining how all the pieces of indirect evidence fit together. I would like to see a webinar on how to do the "mental" part of writing the evidence into a proof statement. Thanks for all the great webinars of the past.
- Tremendous! I must start doing the summaries. Great Webinar! And I love the new site
- Very concise and clearly demonstrated the process. Best case for writing proof arguments that I've heard. Inspires me to make it a proper task in my research.
- Very enlightening to see how he wove the various documents together, and how they supported each other even when the did not answer the question as a stand alone document. Thank you.
- Very well organized and one of the best in using actual research to demonstrate presented concepts. It certainly focused my understanding of why to write a genealogical proof as well as how to go about doing the analysis leading to the conclusion and the write-up.
- Warren Bittner is one of my favorite genealogy speakers - he has a gift for making very complex processes look simple and straightforward (although, now that I think about it, I'm not sure that's a good thing).
- Warren Bittner is perhaps the best genealogical speaker I have heard. Great job.
- Warren is thorouuuugh! Stupendous enunciation. New 'add to my don't miss list.'
- well organized and integrated with the BCG standards.
- What a great Webinar and after party. Mr. Bittner is the best - took a complex subject and made it understandable. P:lease have him back again soon.
- Wonderful and thought provoking ... hope also action provoking :-)
- wonderful info, clearly explained step by step so even a beginner could do the process.
About the presenter:
F. Warren Bittner, CGSM, is a genealogical researcher and lecturer, with thirty years of research experience. He holds a Master of Science degree in history from Utah State University, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Business from Brigham Young University. His masterís thesis looked at the social factors affecting illegitimacy in nineteenth-century Bavaria. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and in 1989-1990 he studied Chinese at a graduate level at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.
He is the owner of Ancestors Lost and Found, a small genealogical research firm. For six years he was the German Collection Manager for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, where he coordinated contracts to microfilm and index records at 102 archives in seven countries and where he planned the German book acquisitions and internet publications. Before that he worked for four years in the extraction unit of the Family History Library, where he was coordinator of third-party indexing projects and where he developed and trained volunteers in Spanish indexing projects. He has also worked as a Reference Consultant at the Family History Library on both the U.S. and International reference counters. He has done research in more than fifty German archives and in more than forty U.S. archives and record repositories.
In 2010 he was assistant director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and he is a former member of the board of directors for Utah Genealogical Association. He made several appearances on the PBS television series, Ancestors 2. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the National Genealogical Society, Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, and the Palatines to America, Colorado Chapter, and the Sacrament German Society. He is married to Nancy Ruth Christensen and is the father of three children.