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Documenting DNA and Lineages: Content and Structure

Thomas W Jones, PhD, CG®, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

About these sessions

We all understand the importance of citations but knowing how to craft them is not always an easy task. In these two modules, Tom Jones takes us through the  process of citing our sources.

The first week of each paired module will consist of a lecture with examples and an exercise.  

The second week includes Tom's signature 'live editing' and discussion session, reviewing attendee-produced material and applying the generalities learned in the previous week.

You can register for both modules as a bundle and save $10.

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Dates, times and cost

Each module is 3 hours (1.5 hours per session x 2).

Module 1. Citing DNA-Related Sources in Genealogical Writing

23 and 30 September 2022 @ 7.30pm Eastern $75

Module 2. Documenting Lineages

14 and 21 October 2022 @7.30pm Eastern $75

All Zoom sessions are closed captioned on request, recorded and available for viewing for 14 days following the session. Handouts are included.

Attendance is limited to 30 participants per session.


Module 1: Citing DNA-Related Sources in Genealogical Writing

23 and 30 September 2022 @ 7.30pm Eastern

Genealogical writing is credible only when source citations show the basis for the writer’s conclusions. Citations to DNA-related genealogical sources, nearly all online, follow a specific pattern.

In this module you will:

  • Learn the five components of genealogical source citations
  • Know when one or more citation components might not apply to a DNA-related source you need to cite
  • Understand the kinds of information about DNA-related sources that you could use to address each applicable citation component
  • Sequence the components to cite DNA-related sources
  • Apply applicable components to citing DNA match lists, comparisons, testing-company reports, and other sources related to your use of DNA test results for genealogical purposes
  • Create standards-meeting citations during an in-class exercise and for your own writing about DNA-related genealogical conclusions.

Module 2: Documenting Lineages

14 and 21 October 2022 @ 7.30pm Eastern

Genealogical writing is credible only when source citations show the basis for the writer’s conclusions. Sources for documenting lineages vary greatly, requiring different citation patterns related to the source type, location, medium, history, and other factors.

In this module you will:

  • Review the five components of genealogical source citations
  • Learn about five source categories that genealogists most often use for documenting lineages: (1) published books, journals, and newspapers; (2) unpublished material in focused repositories and private hands; (3) unpublished material in broad-based archival repositories; (4) published images of previously published material; and (5) published images of previously unpublished material
  • Determine the category for given sources for documenting lineages
  • Know when one or more citation components might not apply to a source you need to cite in each of the five categories
  • Understand the kinds of information about your sources that you could use to address each citation component applicable to a source’s category
  • Understand when and how to vary citation content, sequence, and structure for different contexts and purposes
  • Create standards-meeting citations during an in-class exercise and for documenting lineages in your own genealogical writing.


About the presenter

Thomas W Jones, PhD, CG®, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Tom Jones co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly for sixteen years. He has written the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Documentation and Mastering Genealogical Proof, twenty-eight articles in peer-reviewed and edited genealogy journals and twenty-six more articles in genealogical magazines and newsletters. A holder of two graduate degrees in education, he teaches online and in-person at genealogical institutes and seminars locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Audiences and students consistently report learning much from his lectures and interactive classes.

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