About the course

Best Practices Study Group


This 18-hour study program, Best Practices Study Group, is offered over a nine-month period at 7pm Eastern (US) time. Please remember to convert to your local time.

Each workshop will be recorded and available for viewing for 7 days.

NOTE: Prices are in US dollars.

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Best Practices Study Group

We all aspire to utilize best practice in our genealogical research, working efficiently with fewer problems and mistakes. This monthly study group, coordinated by Annette Burke Lyttle, clarifies the essentials of best practice as you work through each step in the research process, building toward a sound genealogical conclusion and a written report of findings.

Using the textbook as a guide, monthly meetings consist of lecture, sharing homework in small groups, discussing homework and concepts in the large group, and then previewing the next topic and assigning homework. Each student chooses a project from his or her own research to work on during the course. Each month’s homework assignment asks the students to carry out one step in the research process, building toward a sound genealogical conclusion and a written report of findings. We end with an overall discussion of how their projects went and what they learned from slowing down and following the research process. Ideas for further genealogical education will also be discussed in the last class meeting.

Course meeting schedule: Once a month for nine months, two hours per class session, on the second Wednesday of the month @ 7pm (EASTERN US)

Month 1  (Feb)          Introduction to Genealogical Proof

Month 2 (Mar)         Research Questions/Objectives

Month 3 (Apr)          Starting Point Information

Month 4 (May)         Locality Research

Month 5 (Jun)          Research Planning

Month 6 (Jul)           Source Citations

Month 7 (Aug)          Research Logs/Write as you Go

Month 8 (Sep            Writing Up Findings

Month 9 (Oct)           Discussion of projects/Continuing genealogy education

Textbook: Diana Elder, Research Like A Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide (Highland, UT: Family Locket Books, 2018). Supplemental handouts will also be provided.

About the coordinator

Annette Burke Lyttle, Heritage Detective

Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels and loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. She has taught about Quaker research at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and following ancestral migrations for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She is coordinator of the Fall Virtual Intermediate Foundations course for SLIG. Her articles have been published in NGS Magazine, FGS Forum, and the APG Quarterly, among others. Annette is editor of The Florida Genealogist.