Thursday, October 22, 2015

Kickin' it with Eugene A. Stratton and The Raymond Scott Quintette


My personal favorite for honing genealogical methodology is Eugene Stratton’s Applied Genealogy.  He has a chapter devoted to whole-family genealogy, another on analyzing evidence, indirect evidence, academia and genealogy and, for people like myself, he has a section in the appendix devoted to Medieval England Land Tenure.  I. love. this. book. It is a fun read and gets you fired up about research and analysis.

Pair that with the The Raymond Scott Quintette’s Microphone Music and you have yourself weekend plans. J This album inspires creativity and imagination, specifically “The Girl With The Light Blue Hair”  and “Powerhouse” to name a few from the album.
Applied Genealogy by Eugene A. Stratton

Microphone Music by The Raymond Scott Quintette

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Kickin' it with Mastering Genealogical Proof and The Strokes


As a child of the 80s, I grew up on MTV (those early Van Halen videos with David Lee Roth are the best!!), She-Ra, Jem and the Holograms, and so, so much Nintendo. I credit the amount of Super Mario Bros. I played as the reason I am able to memorize and duplicate how I located a piece of evidence or tested a hypothesis while doing genealogical research.  The same part of my brain that I use for that, is what I would use to remember the route to eventually beat Bowser. I like Mastering Genealogical Proof (MGP) because when you pull back to review how Thomas W. Jones teaches us to understand and evaluate genealogical proof, it is a bit like Nintendo from the 80s where skill, memorization, theories, hypotheses and cyclical thinking is applied to eventually problem solve and form a conclusion.

It is a challenge. I did not read or study Mastering Genealogical Proof once: I read it multiple times, listened to it multiple times, and participated in a MGP study group and mentored a study group. I have a physical copy of the book where it is flagged, highlighted, and penciled in. I also have a Kindle version so that I can set it to read to me to have it in the background when I am in mood to have subliminal learning so that it becomes second nature.

And then The Stokes' album dropped the same time that MGP did! Comedown Machine, was released in 2013 (personally, I will listen to anything by Julian Casablancas) and this album is one of the best by The Strokes, just like MGP is one of the best albums of Jones.
Mastering Genealogical Proof, book format
Mastering Genealogical Proof, Kindle
The Strokes, Comedown Machine

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Kickin' it with John Insley Coddington and Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini


Robert Charles Anderson does great interviews and tributes. Recently, he did one on long time editor of The American Genealogist, David L. Greene, but one of my favorite interviews of all time is his 1981 interview of John Insley Coddington that was published by the Association for the Promotion of Scholarship in Genealogy that same year. Coddington resided in Washington, D.C. for years and a few years ago, I took the time to see where he lived. It is a thin brick row house, nestled in a long line of other town houses of differing colors on Church street, not easily located if you try to find it off the circle in Dupont. It is a quiet street and I imagine it was perfect for writing, thinking and researching.

The interview is lovely and you see into the life of a formidable genealogist. His life and the pieces inspired in this publication go great with Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini."

The 1934 version is available at Internet Archive: RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini and the publication, "A Tribute to John Insley Coddington," is available at The Genealogist back issues.