Wednesday, December 18, 2019

GenFriends: Building Genealogy Research Skills - NGSQ Study Groups with Mary Kircher Roddy

Looking for a way to take your genealogy skills to the next level?
Joining an NGSQ (National Genealogical Society Quarterly) Study Group will help you do just that!

In this episode of GenFriends, Mary Kircher Roddy, Certified Genealogist, and a regular member of our panel shares her experience with writing and publishing and article for the NGSQ and how it feels to have it on the list for study in 2020! We discuss how studying the articles can help to build your research and writing skills.

 If you haven't already, check out Mary's article in the September 2019 issue!

A Study Group can help you:
1-Understand the importance of a research question
2-See how others approach and try to solve a research problem.
3-Learn from the sources. What did they use and how was it cited?
3-Gain experience in determining types of evidence.
4-Read proof arguments and learn how to create them.
And so much more!

Watch as Mary Kircher Roddy, Melissa Barker, Christine Woodcock and I discuss the NGSQ, Study Groups and how they are a source for genealogy education.

If you're just starting out, don't let the articles and the thought of a Study Group intimidate you!
We all started somewhere and we all want to help others along,
Start by just reading and listening until you feel confident enough to share in the conversation.

These groups are not just for professionals!
Your ancestors deserve the very best!

Links from this episode:
NGSQ Study Groups
Eight Tips for Deconstructing an NGSQ Case Study
Cari Taplin-Study Groups
National Genealogical Society

Contact our panelists:
Melissa Barker-A Genealogist in the Archives
Mary Kircher Roddy-MKR Genealogy
Christine Woodcock-Genealogy Tours of Scotland
Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy

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  1. Thanks for this topic and video. One of my quarantine goals is to clear out my emails and I found reference to this in a past Genea-Musing post. I am glad I watched. I have now signed up for a study group (at least I hope I did - I am technology challenged - sigh). While you planted this seed in December it flowered for me in April. Thanks again!!!

    1. Janet, I am so happy that we were able to spark and idea in you and you registered for the study group! Thanks so much for letting me know. That is my happy dance moment for this week! ! Good luck and have fun!

  2. Wow, Cheri, thank you for the quick reply! I’m starting the NGS Study Group with Cyndi Ingle in January 2023 and she had recommended your YouTube video. It was very helpful!
    I was looking for a link to the Second Life group that you mentioned, does that group still exist?

    1. Here is the link to to the FB group: