A teacher turns over the classroom. This week at SLIG, I’m taking “Meeting Standards with DNA Evidence.” Karen Stanbary CG® is the course coordinator. She has taught several sessions, but joining her is an all-star cast. Each day we have had at least one or two other instructors. Today we had LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, CG® and David Rencher, AG® CG®.
It has been wonderful to see genealogical problems presented by such high caliber speakers this week. Each has shed light on how to approach a problem, decide when DNA testing might be appropriate, determine what kind of DNA test(s) could be most useful, establish how to organize the massive amounts of data, define what the assumptions being made are, and more. I have so enjoyed the chance to visualize a genealogical problem and its solution from each of their perspective. Each has shone light from a slightly different angle.
But Karen has taken this a step further. She went out on a limb with “DNA Dreamers,” an optional session at the end of the day where students were invited to present their own research, and have their classmates in the “think-tank” suggest additional research strategies and come up with recommended next steps. I was lucky enough to get to share my problem. On tap for next week – put some of those suggestions to the test.
Thank you Karen for having the vision and courage to try something new. It has definitely enhanced my learning experience!
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Mary Kircher Roddy is a genealogist, writer and lecturer, always looking for the story. Her blog is a combination of the stories she has found and the tools she used to find them.