Tag: Genealogical Proof Standard

The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) is a guideline for establishing the reliability (“proof”) of a genealogical conclusion with reasonable certainty. It is important within the genealogical community for clearly communicating the quality of research performed, such as by a professional genealogist. It is also useful for helping new genealogists understand what is needed to do high-quality research.

It has five elements:

  • a reasonably exhaustive research;
  • complete and accurate source citations;
  • analysis and correlation of the collected information;
  • resolution of any conflicting evidence; and
  • a soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion.

When Official Records are Wrong

An integral part of genealogical research is the use of historical documents and records developed by governmental agencies.  Actually, they are probably one of the most important parts as the government is seen as a third party, uninvolved observer and documentor of our ancestor’s lives.

But what if they are wrong? Continue reading “When Official Records are Wrong”

Parents should NOT have to be Born after their children

Parents should NOT have to be Born after their children

I do understand the need to feel as though you are connected to something larger than yourself, and for many that means being connected to royalty.

I recently received a printout of a family tree from a family member that shows direct lineage through our Russell line to the major royalty of Europe.  After reviewing the tree for a few seconds I pronounced it completely fictitious.  My family member who presented me with this printout said it was correct because the woman who had done it was married to a pilot.  Now that is all the confirmation I needed. Continue reading “Parents should NOT have to be Born after their children”