Genealogical research is filled with mysteries, conundrums, conflicting information, and dubious claims…which needs solving in some way shape or form to reach a resolution and the truth. Critical thinking is an essential tool/skill every serious genealogist and family historian ought to use in the course of his or her research.
So what is critical thinking?
Criticalthinking.org says that critical thinking is:
“…that mode of thinking — about any subject, content, or problem — in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing it [thinking about how you think]. Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities, as well as a commitment to overcome our native egocentrism [not making everything about us or our viewpoint] and sociocentrism [a tendency to assume the superiority or rightness of one’s own social group].”
A well-cultivated critical thinker:
- Raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely
- Gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively
- Comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards
- Thinks openmindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing, as needs be, their assumptions, implications, and practical consequences
- Communicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems
Join Donya and Brian as they chat about how critical thinking is embedded in their genealogical research…And the amazing successes they’ve had piecing lost branches of their family via this essential skill.
I have already written about how important critical thinking is in genealogical research. Its a good article to read before the show:
Critical Thinking: An important skill in genealogy research: https://genealogyadventures.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/critical-thinking-an-important-skill-in-genealogy-research/
See you Sunday, 3 Jun 2018 at 4pm EST for Genealogy Adventures Live!
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A big thank you to all of you who have supported us through the years. You made this award possible in a very real and tangible way.
You can see the other 24 YouTube genealogy channels who also won this award by surfing off to:
Donya and Brian’s family research broke Ancestry! The reason why has everything to do with endogamy. When your great-grandparents are second cousins, their parents were first cousins, and when your 3x great-grandparents are also second cousins… Ancestry just can’t handle it. It’s not just a hot mess, it is a red hot mess!
Endogamy not only affects your paper trail research, it also heavily affects your DNA research.
Freedmen Bureau records are a critical resource for African American genealogical research. It would have been impossible for the Genealogy Adventures team to reconstruct many of our enslaved family lines without this vital resource. These work contracts have opened door after door of discoveries in our African American research:
Freedmen’s Bureau records main page on FamilySearch (FREE):
Freedmen’s Bureau Work Contracts main page (FREE):
Burrell Yeldell’s work contract:
Martha Brooks’ contract:
The Sheila Hightower-Allen DNA Memorial Fund:
To submit your raw DNA file for Howard University to triangulate (part of the Sheila Hightower foundation’s DNA project), please email it to:
dnamemorialfund (at) gmail (dot) com
PLEASE NOTE: Please read the information provided on the The Sheila Hightower-Allen DNA Memorial Fund for eligibility
In our second episode, co-hosts (and cousins!) Brian Sheffey and Donya Williams talk about:
* The difference between mtDNA, YDNA, and autosomal DNA;
* General ways you can work with the different types of DNA;
* What they learned about themselves through DNA testing;
* How DNA results and paper trail genealogy work together; and
* Some easy ways to start working on your 3rd and 4th cousin matches to figure out who your common ancestors were.
In the next show (Sunday, 8 April 2018 @ 4pm EST), Donya and Brian will discuss Freedmen’s Bureau work contacts…and the discoveries you can make using them. See you then!
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