The first class after visiting the exhibit hall was titled "Prove It! Evidence Analysis for Genealogists" by Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG. One thing I have been wanting to learn more about is citing sources and evaluating evidence. Laura did a great job in her presentation.
- Waiting for the first class to start. "Prove It! Evidence Analysis for Genealogists"
- Source - Original: earliest form Derivative: copied from the original
- There is no gaurantee the original source is correct...
- "No single source is enough." Always get as mush as possible.
- A source can include both primary and secondary. Take a death certificate for instance.
- Why did our ancestors lie about dates, places, names, etc. on records?
- Two types of evidence - direct or indirect. Direct: answer a question on it's own, Indirect: must be combined with other evidence
- Use the Genealogical Proof Standard GPS to prove evidence.
- To learn more about the GPS, go to the ThinkGenealogy blog by @marktucker (http://www.thinkgenealogy.com/)
- Laura is giving examples of analysis on her own family-there are spelling errors along with dates. Always do more research
- Settling for a derivative source when there are originals may cause you to lose valuable information and be misinformed.