“Mastering Genealogical Proof” by Thomas Jones

Mastering Genealogical Proof

from the National Genealogical Society website:

Pre-order your copy today of this essential guide to genealogical  research today. The National Genealogical Society presents this important work as part of its Special Topic series.
As a unique textbook on genealogical methods and reasoning in the twentyfirst century, Mastering Genealogical Proof guides readers in acquiring genealogical skills transcending chronological, ethnic, geopolitical, and religious boundaries.

About the Book and Author

Mastering Genealogical Proof aims to help researchers, students, and new family historians reconstruct relationships and lives of people they cannot see. It presents content in digestible chunks. Each chapter concludes with problems providing practice for  proficiently applying the chapter’s concepts. Those problems, like examples throughout the book, use real records, real research, and real issues. Answers are at the back of the book along with a glossary of technical terms and an extensive resource list.

Thomas W. Jones, who has pursued his family history since he was fifteen, is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator.


  • Preface
  • Chapter 1 – Genealogy’s Standard of Proof
  • Chapter 2 – Concepts Fundamental to the GPS
  • Chapter 3 – GPS Element 1: Thorough Research
  • Chapter 4 GPS Element 2: Source Citations
  • Chapter 5 GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation
    Chapter 6 GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence
  • Chapter 7 GPS Element 5: The Written Conclusion
  • Chapter 8 – Using the GPS
  • Chapter 9 – Conclusion
  • Appendix A – Pritchett Article
  • Appendix B – McLain Article
  • Glossary
  • Reading and Source List
  • Answers to exercises
See the PDF for the full list of contents. See also a sample exercise.

Ordering Information

You can pre-order your copy of Mastering Genealogical Proof today. Order online (payment in full required at time of pre-order). Cost is $25 for NGS members and $30 for non-members.

Mastering Genealogical Proof will also be available for purchase at the NGS 2013 Family History Conference, 8-11 May, where Thomas W. Jones will hold two book signing events.

Estimated Ship Date: 20 May 2013

Author Carole Troxler visits Mebane Public Library

Troxler Book ImagesHistorians interested in pre-Revolutionary Alamance County will want to join local author Carole Troxler at the Mebane Public Library on
Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00pm. Dr. Troxler will talk about the topic of her latest book, “Farming Dissenters: The Regulator Movement in Piedmont North Carolina”.

Here is the book summary from Amazon: The Regulator Movement grew from the frustration of North Carolina’s backcountry residents–frustration with local officials who ran their offices for personal gain, disregarding the rights of the residents–frustration with a complicated land grant system that did not guarantee clear ownership of land–frustration with a colonial legislature dominated by eastern political and economic interests. In this new study, Dr. Carole Troxler steps back more than two decades before the pivotal Battle of Alamance (May 16, 1771) to examine the issues and their cultural context that fostered the Regulator Movement and determined its progress, and political aftermath. This is the story of local government more interested in its needs than those of its constituents–and of settlers steeped in the Dissenter religious culture who drew on its political orientation to risk activism often cited as a prelude to the American Revolution.

Dr. Troxler is also the co-author of “Shuttle and Plow: A History of Alamance County, North Carolina”.