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Wrapping up from MGP2


I’ve been taking MGP2 class with Dear Myrtle and the fabulous panel of participants, they have so much knowledge and it’s been wonderful to learn from them.  This class has definitely opened my eyes that I have a lot more work to do to improve my research and citing my sources. I’ve been doing my homework, listening to last the prior MGP classes and understanding the MGP process. Now, I need to start writing more about my research and write about my research and see understand that every blog post doesn’t have to be perfect.  Write about the person, and make a question and follow the proof standard of “who, what, where, where is, where at” to come to a conclusion, even if it hasn’t been 100% proven or not.  Then ask for feedback.  You never know what that kind of comments that will bring (other than spam J ). The hope would be that someone, somewhere out there may be related and find what you don’t know, and maybe even make cousin connections.

So here is my conclusions of things I need to work on:

Blogging my homework:  Conflict: Blogging is hard to me because, I’m afraid to put the information out there with the fear of copyright infringements. I’ve been doing the homework, but not posting it. Resolution: Take a writing class and just write, cite my sources, ask for feedback from the communities.  Know I will get better, the more you do, the quicker you will learn! Be positive!

Research: Conflict: Rhode Island records are extremely limited, most of my family research I need to work on are in that area. Resolution: Work on something in my research that is available online. Make a really long to-do list and set up a research trip to Rhode Island.

Language: Take a French class, to read, and write and understand French!  There are a lot of records available online from Canada that have a big impact on my family history.

Off to get ready to take the last chapter and hopefully graduate from MGP2 with the knowledge that I tried, and know that never stop learning, and network.


Reference Book: Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013) by Thomas W. Jones [Book available from NGS Genealogy also on Amazon Kindle ]

Mastering Genealogy Proof Class 2 available on Google Plus in the Dear Myrtle Community

MGP Chapter 3 Homework – Part 1


MGP Chapter 3 Thorough Research and Reasonably Exhaustive Search homework – Part 1

This chapter is a struggle for me personally. The question during the MGP2 training is where do you start looking for your records.  My online search starts with Family Search, Ancestry and now NEGHS..I also use the books and films at the Family History Center in Mesa. Over the years I have amassed many hardcover books and cd’s that have local and regional information. There are a couple of challenges being a native Rhode Islander. Most of the information is not able to be researched online, much of what is just an index notation you must physically acquire. My version of research trip for instance included a stop at the Town Hall Records Room, in the Town of North Providence, for the death records for 1916. [ld1] I was lucky as it happened to be only one page.  The original intent was looking for my 4 times grand father Ernest Everett Lippitt; however looking at the whole document later there are 6 other family member’s on this one page.  You have to love small towns! I find it useful to go to the Archive building and start coping information on several surnames from a particular town, over a span of a couple years that I’m focused on. I will then take that information home and dissect the information into a more manageable format I can work with.  This is not the best way to do research, but until I live closer or the information is available online, this is the only way I can get the information for extensive research done.  For my own style of research, I can tell you this has worked very well for me.  I have the 1925 Rhode island Census for Taylor, Lippitt, Angell, and Desmarais in some form of hard copy.  This information isn’t online, and most importantly, 95% of these people are my relatives.  This for me was not a waste of time or money as it provides me quick access to invaluable research data.  This information is also entered by the individual person on the census card, and also often signed.Other cards could be completed by a family member on their behalf.

The summary of the answers:

The appendix A is about Phillip Pritchett, the answering the basic genealogy questions of who, what, when, and where.  To find the answer where would you look? I’d use census, birth, marriage, death, tax rolls, and other legal records that were available from the area.  You wouldn’t want to use an index, you want the original source records.

[ld1]Deaths Registered in Town of North Providence year 1916, North Providence, RI Townhall, page 125,

I’m a bit behind on my homework, so the answers to the questions to follow.

Here is the link to the You Tube Video with +DearMyrtle MGP2 Class

Reference Book: Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013) by Thomas W. Jones [Book available from NGS Genealogy also on Amazon Kindle ]