Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum

This hands-on course is an opportunity for advanced genealogists to put their research skills into practice. Participants will work on five complex genealogical research problems—a new one each day. The objective is to give each student experience in conducting research on complex problems, analyzing and correlating evidence, and reaching conclusions. The research problems will be varied, offering students the challenge of stretching their mind and skills in directions that their research may not normally take them. If you can't resist a genealogical challenge and love hands-on learning, then this is the course for you!
Participants will work individually on the cases to analyze documents and evidence provided, and research online and at the Family History Library. The first case study will be distributed Sunday at orientation, and then class will meet from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. This will be an opportunity to discuss the case with fellow classmates and the expert instructor. Participants will compare sources, strategies and methodologies used, discuss difficulties encountered, and receive guidance from the case study author. Students will learn from each other as well as the instructors.

This course is designed for advanced genealogists who have sufficient experience and education to work on complex genealogical problems.
Instructors for the 2015 Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum:

Nancy A. Peters, CG, is a full-time genealogist specializing in South Carolina and English research. Board-certified since 2011, she serves as an editorial assistant for On Board, the newsletter of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She also volunteers as a collection care assistant in the conservation lab at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia. Her articles published in the NGSQand the UGA Crosssroads magazine have focused on establishing parentage using complex evidence analysis. In her career before genealogy, she designed technical training courses and provided instruction internationally for corporate clients in the software industry. Nancy holds advanced degrees from the University of Arizona and the London School of Economics in London, England. 
Paul K. Graham, CG, AG, is a genealogist at He holds a master’s degree in Heritage Preservation and is the author of several books and articles, primarily related to the state of Georgia. His work has been recognized with multiple awards, including the ASG Scholar Award and as winner of the NGS Family History Writing Contest. His television research credits include African American Lives (2006) and Who Do You Think You Are? (2012-2014). Paul currently resides in Salt Lake City.

Dr. William M. Litchman is the author of genealogical articles for such periodicals as The National Genealogical Society QuarterlyThe Newfoundland Ancestor, and The New York Genealogical andBiographical Record, including “Teaching Analysis, Logic, and the Research Process: A Seminar Approach,” NGS Newsmagazine, Nov/Dec 2000, pp 340-343. He has produced an 11-volume index,AnEvery-Name Index of the 1865 New York State Census for Jefferson County, and An Every-Name Index for the 1921 Census of Newfoundland: Burgeo-La Poile District. He teaches genealogy classes for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and in Albuquerque, and speaks about specific research topics for genealogical groups, including the NM Genealogical Society and the Albuquerque Genealogical Society.

David Ouimette, CG, manages Content Strategy at FamilySearch, prioritizing the acquisition and online publication of records worldwide for family history research. He has conducted research and analyzed archival materials in dozens of countries in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. David regularly lectures at national genealogical conferences and institutes. He has contributed articles to many magazines and journals and authored Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide.

J. H. ("Jay") Fonkert, CG, is a Minnesota-based writer and genealogical educator. Managing editor of Minnesota Genealogist, he has published more than 30 articles and reviews in NGS QuarterlyNGS MagazineAPG QuarterlyFamily ChronicleThe Septs, and Minnesota Genealogist. He is a Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, and a past-president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.