Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Chapter 2 Home Work Assignment

Chapter 2: 
Home Work Assignment

Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia) : National Genealogical Society, (2013), 6. Book available from Publisher at:

Name: Pat Kuhn

 1. Who were the parents of Philip Pritchartt, who died between 1811 and 1812 in Montgomery County, Kentucky?

 2. A: When did Philip Pritchett live in Fairfax County?

    B: How could Lewis Pritchett be Philip Pritchett's "Next Friend"?

 3.Are Charles D. McLain who married Ida May Tucker in Muskegon, Michigan, on 19 August 1871, and Chas D. McLain who married Emma Cope in   Kent County, Michigan, on 21 October 1886, the same man?

 4. A: Who are the parents of Charles D. McLain that was divorced by Ida May Tucker in 1879 in Allegan County Michigan?

    B: Where did Phebe McLaine and her son live in 1870?

 5. A: Who were the parents of Ellen Shick who married Jerome VanBilliard 16 Feb 1857?

     B: How were Ellen Shick  who married Jerome VanBilliard on 16 Feb 1857 and Catherine Shick, who married Herman VanBilliard  in 1874 related?

     C: Where was Henry VanBilliard born in 1767?

 6. Was Oliver VanBilliard born in 1844 in Freemansburg, Pennsylvania the same Oliver Vanbilliard that was Justice of the Peace in Phillipsburg, New Jersey in 1918?

 7. What happened to Jerome Vanbilliard when he was captured by the Confederate Army 29 Sep 1864?

 8. A: William Gerald Rector, "Loggers and Logging to 1870"(appendix B, note 7)

     B: LeRoy Barnett, "State Census of Michigan-Tragedy of Lost Treasures" (appendix B, note 13)

     C: Joan W. Peters, "The Tax Man Cometh: Land and Property in Colonial Fauquier County Virginia: Tax Lists from the Fauquier County  Court Clerk's Loose Papers, 1759-1782" (appendix A, note 32)

     D: Donn Devine, "The Common Law of England" (appendix A, note 36)

 9. A: Montgomery Co., Ky Will Book (note 2)
    B: Personal Property Tax Lists, Fairfax County (note 10)

    C: Fairfax Co., Record of Surveys (note 16)

    D: Stafford Co., Deed Book (note 24)

10. A: King, comp, Register of Overwharton Parish (note 37, derived from original register)
     B: Schreiner-Yantis and Love, 1787 Census of Virginia (note 22, derived from tax records)

    C: Beth Mitchell, Fairfax County Road Orders (note 18, derived from original orders)

    D: Joan W. Peters, The Tax Man Cometh (note 32, derived from tax lists from the Fauquier County Court Clerk's Loose Papers)

11. A derivative record containing secondary information could contain more errors and also be missing any notes that would be on the original

12. The next step would be to order the original birth record.

       Answers for questions 13 - 16 are available in the book. answering here could violate copyright.

17. One source alone cannot always answer the question. Sometimes you need to combine the information to understand the answer.

18. Sometimes the lack of information answers the question. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Chapter 1 Home Work Assignment

Chapter 1: 
Home Work Assignment

Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia) : National Genealogical Society, (2013), 6. Book available from Publisher at:

Name: Pat Kuhn

1. In Genealogy,  research is done to reconstruct identities and relationships of our ancestors.  Many of these people we research are from our past, but some research includes living people. We research biological and marital kinships, but also other kinds of relationships within and across the generations.

2. The five parts of the Genealogical Proof Standard are:
Thorough ("reasonably exhaustive") searches in sources that might help answer a research question
Informative  ("complete, accurate") citations to the sources of every  information item contributing to the research question's answer
Analysis and comparison ("correlation") of the relevant sources and information to assess their usefulness as evidence of the research question's answer
Resolution of any conflicts between evidence and proposed answer to a research question
A written statement, list, or narrative supporting the answer.
The source of these standards is Board for Certification of Genealogists, The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual (Orem,Utah:Ancestry, 2000):1-2

3. I would have to tell them that I would only share my family history with them with all my proof statements, summaries, arguments and explanations of reasoning and documentation included. Because without these things it is just information and these things make them accurate and I could not have my name attached to the work without them included.

4. All the standard's five parts need each other for the proof standard to be met.

5. We begin by asking questions about what we want to learn about the person we are researching.