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Virtual Summer Institute for Advanced Researchers: Contributing to Mayflower Scholarship

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Wednesday, July 15 – Friday, July 17
Presented by Lindsay Fulton, Director of Research Services and Christopher C. Child, Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press; Editor, Mayflower Descendant

Commemorate the anniversary of the Mayflower landing by contributing to its genealogical scholarship. This year’s virtual Summer Institute will focus on several ways you can develop your research and findings into a scholarly project. Learn how write a proof argument to verify Mayflower lineage, utilize DNA in confirming a line of descent, complete a genealogical sketch for later generations, and craft an article for Mayflower Descendant.

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Wednesday, July 15

Writing a Proof Argument, Lindsay Fulton, Director of Research Services

10:00 AM – Welcome and Introductions

10:30 AM – Lecture and Discussion: Properly Document Your Mayflower Line
· Organization
· Vital Records and Vital Record Substitutes
· Is a Proof Argument Necessary?
· Anatomy of a Proof Argument

11:30 AM – Lecture and Discussion: When is a Proof Argument is Necessary?
· One and the Same (Case Study)
· Unusual Migration/Geography (Case Study)
· Almost Nothing Exists (Case Study)

1:30 PM – Activity: Let’s Design Our Proof!

2:30 PM – General Q&A

Thursday, July 16

Using DNA in Mayflower Research, Christopher C. Child, Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press; Editor, Mayflower Descendant

10:00 AM – Homework Review

10:30 AM – Lecture and Discussion: Using DNA in Mayflower Research, Part 1
· Basics of DNA – Y, mtDNA, autosomal, xDNA
· Seeking a mystery that might use DNA
· Does your problem at hand have a DNA component
· Is DNA necessary?

11:30 AM – Lecture and Discussion: Using DNA in Mayflower Research, Part 2
· How to find—and approach—participants
· Having a plan b, c, and d
· Ethical obligations
· Possible consequences
· Following up on results and how much data to include in an article for genealogical integrity

1:30 PM – Activity: Making a Plan
2:30 PM – General Q&A

Friday, July 17

Writing an article for Mayflower Descendant, Christopher C. Child, Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press; Editor, Mayflower Descendant

10:00 AM – Homework Review
10:30 AM – Lecture and Discussion: Writing an article for Mayflower Descendant, Part 1
· Background and Publishing Process of the Mayflower Descendant
· Organizing your argument
· Doing a literature review
· Filling in gaps

11:30 AM – Lecture and Discussion: Writing an article for Mayflower Descendant, Part 2
· Writing a genealogical sketch
· Including a chart or other illustration
· Final steps in publishing

1:30 PM – Activity: Writing a Genealogical Sketch

2:30 PM – General Q&A
3:30 PM – “Graduation” ceremony

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