Home Work Assignment
Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia) : National Genealogical Society, (2013), 6. Book available from Publisher at: www.ngsgenealogy.org
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.