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Sydney Dixon

The Foundations of Genealogy Research-The Four Elements, the Proof Standard and the Necessary Documents

September 18, 2021 | 10:00AM-11:30AM (via Zoom)

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When one is first starting genealogy research it is very easy to get caught up in the thrill of the hunt. Sometimes the joy of discovery can lead us down the path of ancestor gathering and reckless record keeping. It is critical that a family historian look at the big research picture and use proven genealogy methods and practices. If not, an overly zealous family historian may find themselves having to make many corrections later on, or even, having to rebuild an entire family tree. During this program we will discuss the four elements of genealogy, the Genealogy Proof Standard, and the documents necessary to make sure you are conducting solid family research the first time.

Sydney F. Cruise Dixon:

Sydney F. Cruice Dixon is a professional genealogist, writer and national lecturer. She holds an MBA from Drexel University and a BA from Penn State University.  She is the current President of the Association of Professional Genealogists for the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter, and she serves on the Genealogy Advisory Committee for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. She developed the curriculum and teaches the Foundations of Genealogy courses at HSP. She is a faculty member for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research of the Georgia Genealogical Society. Also, she is a faculty member and the Program Coordinator of the Researching Family in Pennsylvania Institute in Philadelphia.

Sydney cofounded the Greater Philadelphia Genealogy Consortium in 2017 – an organization that encourages the growth and cooperation between genealogy and historical organizations in the greater Philadelphia area (currently 31 member organizations).