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How Do I Prove It?

Our Price: AU$31.00 Inc GST
Media: BOOK - paperback, 336 pages
Author: P. Christensen
Year: 2008
Other Data: 3rd ed., b&w photos,, further reading, index
ISBN: 9781894018364

Availability: Usually Ships Within 7 Days
Product Code: HPRG019

Are you picking your ancestors out of a hat? Or have you really proved each linkage? This practical manual for family historians and genealogists demystifies the requirements necessary for establishing a pedigree.

Delving into one's family history is sometimes like stepping into a minefield! There are many boobytraps out there which can snare the unwary. One which is often realized too late is the necessity of completely proving each linkage before proceeding to the next generation. So many enthusiastic people are caught up in the 'how far back can I get as fast as possible' game that they forget the essentials. Unfortunately many end up doing someone else's genealogy because the have pounced upon on 'likely-looking George' from an index and appropriated him, and not bothered to prove that it's 'their' George.

This books is not a 'cookbook' of how to prove your particular line, and it couldn't be, because every family is so different. It is a guide to the types of evidence that can be used as you thoughtfully apply them to the stated criteria. Most of the examples are taken from the British and Scandinavian work with which the author is most familiar.

Section 1: Theory
- Meaning of Proof
- Required Level of Proof in Genealogy
- Sources, Information and Evidence
- Value of Previous Research
- Unprovable Links
Section 2: Technique
- General Advice
- Focussing a Search for Evidence
- Pedigree Analysis
- Family Reconstruction
- Killing Them Off
- Use and Abuse of Indexes
- Negative Proof
- Documentation
- Go Sideways
- Know About and Use Alternate Sources
- Serendipity and Intuition
Section 3: Problem Solving
- Problems with Starting Information
- Assumptions aka Presumptions
- General Problems with Records
- Conflicting Evidence
- Name Changes
- Finding the Right Parish
- Migration and Movements
- Age Problems
- Illegitimacy
- Bigamy
- Proscribed Marriage
- Delayed Marriage
- Female Ancestors
- Paupers Disappearing
- If All Else Fails, Write and Article!
The Research Plan
References and Further Reading

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