Earlier this month, attendees at the National Genealogical Society’s annual conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, took to social media to proudly display ribbons proclaiming “#IReadtheQ”—that is, to say that they read the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Reading the Q and other peer-reviewed journals is one of the best ways genealogists can learn about sources and problem-solving techniques. But for those who are relatively new to genealogy, reading a journal like the Q can seem intimidating and even a little confusing. Yes, it requires concentration and effort, but those who stick with it will certainly learn.
Most of the articles in the Q are case studies presenting solutions to difficult problems. All genealogists are likely to encounter thorny problems in their research. By studying written accounts of how others resolved their toughest puzzles, genealogists will find ideas and inspiration. By observing how skilled genealogists build their cases from varied pieces of evidence, readers’ own skills in evidence analysis and correlation will improve.
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