Even before genealogists learn about the myriad of records they can search, they need to understand what to do with the information they will be finding. Usually they find much evidence about various facts, and some of it will conflict with other information. Come learn the seven elements of evidence that every researcher should watch for, including the difference between primary and secondary information as well as direct and circumstantial evidence. It is also important to understand what kinds of records to believe before others, and when there is clear and convincing evidence.
Kory Meyerink is accredited in four areas (Germany, Midwest, Eastern and New England U.S.), specializing in tracing the origins of German and Dutch immigrants. He developed instructional and reference material for the thousands of Family History Centers supported by the Family History Library. He also served as the primary content consultant for the PBS Ancestors television series.
As a teacher, Kory has spoken at many local, state, and national genealogical conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada, including NGS, FGS, GENTECH, and, since 1991, the annual BYU Family History Conference. Since 1991, he has also served as adjunct history faculty for that university’s Salt Lake Center. As the founding director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, he developed one of the nation’s largest such institutes. He has written extensively, including chapters in The Library, both editions of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, as well as numerous articles and book reviews for the Genealogical Journal, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Genealogical Computing, New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and The Genealogist.