[APG Public List] citation think group APGers-isn't there oneof those?

Jeanette Daniels jeanettedaniels8667 at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 9 10:00:22 MDT 2010


When I first saw Elissa's email about what would a study group look like, I also thought of the Theory Gen group discussion that is currently going on regarding one of Helen Leary's articles found on the BCG website.  So far, I would say that this has been a very interesting and respectful discussion.  I've learned a lot and believe that my understanding of some things has changed because of being involved with this.  

Anyone interested in joining the Theory Gen discussions is welcome.  

Jeanette Daniels
Heritage Genealogical College

From: LBoswell <laboswell at rogers.com>
To: "Elissa Scalise Powell, CG" <Elissa at PowellGenealogy.com>; APG LIST as of Summer 2009 <apgpubliclist at apgen.org>
Sent: Wed, June 9, 2010 9:24:55 AM
Subject: Re: [APG Public List] citation think group APGers-isn't there oneof those?

I'd recommend the time-limited discussion approach that's now going on in 
TheoryGen.  It's a learning curve, because email lists/groups aren't 
normally used in this manner.  Jeanette's introduction of time limits, and 
a particular article have worked well, but it's just the first step towards 
learning how to quietly and effectively discuss articles and anything else 
that's of interest.
The advantage of a yahoo (or other) group is that there are accompanying 
applications that can be used to add files, links, and other supportive 
One thing that's turning out to be really nice is that even when people 
don't have the time to participate, they can follow the discussion of the 
article by selectively reading the responses and discussions as they go on. With 
a study group isn't everyone expected to participate?  On this current 
first attempt on TheoryGen, far more people are able to read even if they can't 
participate.  And there's always the potential that eventually one of the 
future time limited discussions will be something they wish to comment on.
The more we experiment with alternative uses of these lists and groups, the 
better use we make of them.  
But this first attempt is going well.  I think maybe future 
discussions could be limited to 4 or 5 days maximum, but as I said this is just 
a first attempt to get us used to taking a more relaxed, open approach to 
discussions centred on a particular article, document, or idea.
In any study group, room should be made for people who just want to sit in 
and listen (or in this case, read) along.
Larry Boswell BA, PLCGS
in Historical & Genealogical Research"
Listowner, TheoryGen (a 
non-archived list)
Ontario, Canada
laboswell at rogers.com
----- Original Message ----- 
>From: Elissa Scalise Powell, CG 
>To: 'APG LIST as of Summer 2009' 
>Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2010 10:14 
>  PM
>Subject: Re: [APG Public List] citation 
>  think group APGers-isn't there oneof those?
>Interesting that Lisa referred to the TGF email list since it 
>  is Elizabeth
>Mills who does much of the answering on citations either there 
>  or here. She
>is very generous with her time, when she can. 
>I took 
>  the original question to mean a study group outside of an email list
>  was waiting to see if anyone knew of one. This could be a "cause" 
>  that
>someone might choose to "champion" just as the _Pro Gen_ Study Group 
>  was
>formed as a response to a need.
>What would such a "think group" 
>  look like? Would it be people sitting around
>creating references for 
>  pre-selected sources? Would it be a place to bounce
>your own citations off 
>  others? Would it be study of the whys and wherefores
>of the citation 
>  models? Would it be like the couple of weeks that Dr. Tom
>Jones spends on 
>  citations in the Boston University Genealogical Research
>  course? Just what would this animal look like? How would it 
>  be
>More questions than answers,
>Elissa in 
>  Pittsburgh
>Elissa Scalise Powell, CG
>CG and 
>  Certified Genealogist are Service Marks of the Board for
>Certification of 
>  Genealogists, used under license by board certificants
>after periodic 
>  evaluations by the Board. 
>> -----Original Message-----
>  From: On Behalf Of CL Swope (alfonsa)
>> Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2010 
>  9:37 PM
>> For those interested in a citation feedback group. 
>  I'm posting what Lisa
>> Gorrell kindly sent to me including it's 
>  link.
>> Lisa Gorrell wrote:
>> > The Transitional 
>  Genealogist List has many people who will help with
>> > citation 
>  work.  Below is how to subscribe.

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