Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Kickin' it with Evidence Explained and Nine Inch Nails

I love electronic music almost as much as I love genealogy. When I was working toward certification, I had created flashcards for the first two chapters of Evidence Explained so that I could have those theories and definitions down. They are timeless and should be studied to have a solid genealogical education. Even now as I write this blog post, I flipped through the first two chapters and I had many "whoa" moments because lately, I have been bypassing the first two chapters to get to the citation portions for reports and writing. When you read it, ponder it, digest it and then read it again, you have many moments where it totally makes sense and that in itself, is a really satisfying feeling.

Couple reading these two chapters with the Nine Inch Nails 2011 Creative Commons upload "Ghosts" and you will have a super chill session to learn. Trent Reznor is the reason I even got through those teen years and now his sound is ushering me through the genealogical mindset portion of my life. Also, things get real in Ghosts IV.

Evidence Explained, 3rd Ed. Available in Kindle and Hardcover.

Nine Inch Nails "Ghosts I-IV."

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Kickin' it with the Elements of Genealogical Analysis and Shoshin

What if there was more than one way to analyze evidence? What if you applied beginner’s mind to research theories? Preconceptions of doing something a certain way are let go and openness to how one presents a way of approaching research? If you are willing to do this, Anderson's Elements of Genealogical Analysis is for you. How exciting that we get to see inside the mindset of one of the foremost genealogical thinkers of our time?

The hot or cold reception of this book by the genealogical community when this book was released made me uneasy. David L. Greene’s review of this publication and Mastering Genealogical Proof provided the back-story and a new view. Personally, I like both books because they widened how I approach research, analysis and correlation.

When we decide that there is only one correct way and one set of standard(s), we box ourselves in and will not see the other opportunities and variations to approach genealogical subjects. I like how Jones approaches genealogy; I like how Anderson approaches genealogy; I like how Mills approaches genealogy; I like how Rose approaches genealogy. All bring a different perspective and voice and those different perspectives make up the kaleidoscope of American Genealogical Research and Theory that is a growing organism still being shaped.  

So clear your mind of what you have been told is the way to do genealogy and apply Shoshin, read Elements of Genealogical Analysis and consider how it can be applied to the landscape of your genealogical mindset.

MyNoise.net, I suggest Grazeland or Flying Fortress

TAG 87.1 Greene review