Mastering Genealogical Proof
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 192 pages
Author: T. Jones
Other: tables, appendixes, glossary
Publisher: National Genealogical Society
Everyone tracing a family's history faces a dilemma. We strive to reconstruct relationships and lives of people we cannot see, but if we cannot see them, how do we know we have portrayed them accurately? Is determining ancestry that predates living people's memory just guesswork? Or do we blindly trust every sources we examine and ignore inconsistencies? Should we perhaps do the opposite - mistrust sources to the point that our conclusions are mostly tentative? Can we note determine reliability which findings reflect the past? I we can make that determination, how can we show others credibility?
'Mastering Genealogical Proof' aims to help researchers, students, and new family historians address this dilemma and apply respected standards for acceptable conclusions. It presents content in digestible chunks. Each chapter concludes with problems providing practice for mastering the chapter's concepts. Those problems, like examples throughout the book, use real records, real research, and rel issues. Answers are at the back fo the book along with a glossary of technical terms and an extensive resource list.
As a textbook on genealogical methods and reasoning in the 21st century, 'Mastering Genealogical Proof' is unique. Dr Jones wrote it to help genealogists acquire skills that he learnt through decades of trial and error - skills transcending chronological, ethnic, geopolitical and religious boundaries. The book's explanations and exercises and designed to help family historians portray accurately the lives and relationships of people they cannot see.
1. Genealogy's Standard of Proof
2. Concept Fundamentals to the GPS
3. GPS Element 1`: Thorough Research
4. GPS Element 2: Source Citations
5. GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation
6. GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence
7. GPS Element 5: The Written Conclusion
8. Using the GPS
Appendix A. Pritchett Article
Appendix B. McLain Article
Reading and Source List/
Answers to Exercises