We read National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) case studies, even though these articles cover families, places, and ethnicities not found in our own ancestral lines. Why spend time reading about someone else’s ancestors when we have so many of our own to research? We need to develop problem-solving skills. One way to do this is to study how other researchers have approached genealogical problems—from the research phase and the sources used, to the reasoning and construction of the proof argument. Here are just a few of the many concepts we can learn from reading NGSQ case studies.
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