"Too Many Marys: Identity and Same Name Conundrums"
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Class will be taught by Jill Morelli, CG
Whether you are looking for a John Smith, a Mary Margaret Murphy or a Lars Larson from among many, we all have genealogical “identity issues.” In this presentation, we will discuss the types of identity problems that are prevalent and show a methodology for a possible solution. Yes, it takes some work. Examples of common types of identity problems will illustrate the methodology and the tools that may lead to identification. We will use the "lens" of the Genealogical Proof Standard to guide our work and raise our confidence that we have the right person and we did not just “pick one that looked right.” Let’s tackle some of those identity issues!
Jill Morelli, CG, loves to share her passion for genealogy with others. She is a writer, lecturer and researcher specializing in the US Midwest, Scandinavia and northern Germany. She lectures nationally on topics inspired by her own research and methodology. Jill has written articles for National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Swedish American Genealogist, Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly and many others. In 2017, she founded the online Certification Discussion Group, sharing her journey and that of others to build and submit a successful portfolio to the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Jill is past president of the Seattle Genealogical Society, a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists and many other local genealogical societies.