Sunday, March 18, 2018

Kickin' it with Bill Litchman and Electric Light Orchestra

My first introduction to Bill Litchman's work was in 2013, when I attended my first Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum coordinated by Angela McGhie and Kimberly Powell. The Practicum entailed attendees tackling a case in 24 hours for five days. It was one of the most intense courses I have taken and it was intimidating and by the end of the week, I had my comeuppance. I took the Virtual Practicum this last year and I do not regret accepting the challenge. Litchman had a case study for 2013 that was challenging and fun and since then, I have been a fan of his work (which is the inspiration for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly study group).

Litchman's education style is relaxed and nurturing. His way of teaching logic enables the learner to not only adapt but absorb methods. I was very pleased to see that he had written a book that codifies how he has approached genealogical issues. Regardless of your skill level, Litchman's book should be purchased, read and studied to see the many ways to resolve problems within genealogies.

He is also one of the most chill and zen genealogy educators out there. And for that, I suggest coupling his book with the best of the Electric Light Orchestra.

William M. Litchman, A Cooperative Method of Learning Logic and Analysis in Genealogy; The Power of Truth, Evidence, and Analytical Thinking (Berwyn Heights, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2017). Available at Heritage books for purchase and 10% off for Association of Professional Genealogists members.

Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) All Over the World available at Amazon. 

SLIG Virtual Evidence Analysis Practicum sign up begins on June 16th.