A well researched and accurately documented genealogy is important to preserve
your history. A Family tree is only as good as the sources that support it. The
documents should contain information that helps to build a solid ancestry. This
is accomplished by looking for sources that help to create a unified ancestry. Proving
that family members belong together as a unit is a research process. Some people
call this process "clustering".
Heritage begins with a question of identity, relationship, event or situation.
Genealogists must gather and analyze data from sources to formulate answers to questions
based on the resulting evidence. Finding original documents that link relatives
such as parent-child, spouse and other blood relative relationships, help to verify
Find Sources and Validate your Heritage
Many hobbyists have taken up genealogy because of the amount of data that is readily
available over the internet. They are taking what they find as being gospel, and
copying anything and everything as fast as they can. This would be ok if everyone
had proof to back up their information, but the majority of hobbyists do not. It
takes one file to be copied by a user, who assumes the information of one or more
individuals is assumed to be the person they are researching. Misidentified people
based on circumstantial evidence causes an epidemic of lost heritage. This can also
happen by solely relying on indexed data, which can be wrong due to errors created
by the person interpreting the hand writing from an original document, or another
index. Other issues arise when a primary document is found, but the data doesn’t
match what was thought to be true and contradicts other primary sources. This can
be caused by an ancestor on purpose or by mistake. So how do we evaluate and use
the intelligence that is found?
Genealogists use Proof Standards
Building a reliable tree requires family search obtaining, analyzing, and evaluating
sources. Proof standards are used to rate the reliability of the document its self,
the details of the information in the document, as well as who recorded, signed
or verified the data. This helps genealogists to build a credible tree by establishing
relationships, life events, and other genealogical details with evidence. Depending
on whose standards you use, there are different steps and processes. But all are
meant to achieve the same goal, recording a
family history that is close to the truth as
Outlined below is the proof standard. You might not be inclined to go through
all these steps, because it is too complicated, or don’t have the time, or
don’t want to spend that much effort on creating a reliable history. The rules
and standards can be overwhelming and not practical for the mainstream genealogist.
But to have a tree that is as accurate as can be, some genealogy search guidelines
should be followed.
Conduct a reasonably exhaustive family search.
Add complete and accurate source citations.
Analyze the information for the facts that it confirms, or contradicts.
Resolve any conflicting evidence.
Have a sound coherently written conclusion for your ancestor.
Our Progress Rating Charts Helps to Visualize your Research Progression
Bridging the gap between the proof standards and helping to educate the genealogy
hobbyist, we have created an easy to use Progress Rating Guide, customizable for
your needs. It takes into consideration important life events, building relationships,
and source reliability, quality and information. It gives the genealogist a sense
of ‘the big picture’ of where they are and what they should work on
next within their tree.
Rating Guide also includes a Color Coded Chart which is grouped into
six different color codes, indicating the completeness of a tree which helps guide
you visually to understand where you need to do more family search. Our tools help
users to build a reliable heritage that can be shared with present relatives and