Ethics and Standards Ethics and Standards jrussell T Both professional genealogists and casual family researchers need genealogy standards in order to get their genealogy right. Without standards, inaccuracies and myths can be created and perpetuated. Many of these errors can be avoided by working to genealogy standards. Genealogy standards have evolved over many years.
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Ethics and Standards Ethics and Standards jrussell T Both professional genealogists and casual family researchers need genealogy standards in order to get their genealogy right.
Without standards, inaccuracies and myths can be created and perpetuated. Many of these errors can be avoided by working to genealogy standards. Genealogy standards have evolved over many years. Family historians originally tapped into the legal field and applied its preponderance of evidence principle to their work.
Subsequently, genealogists recognized this approach was not the best fit for family history as an accumulation of evidence is not always sufficient for proof. From to , BCG analyzed, defined, and combined the best genealogy practices and created the Genealogical Proof Standard. The second edition reflects the fact that the practice of genealogy is not static, but evolves as new developments and technologies emerge. New terms added to the glossary reflect the specialized language associated with DNA evidence.
For a comparison the and standards click here. Following these standards helps family historians research thoroughly, document properly, analyze, and correlate evidence, resolve conflicts, and write clear and convincing genealogical works. Standards are the best practices for genealogy.
They enable all genealogists—not just BCG associates—to come as close as possible to what actually happened in history. To reach a sound conclusion, we need to meet all five components of the GPS.
Reasonably exhaustive research. Complete and accurate source citations. Thorough analysis and correlation. Resolution of conflicting evidence. Soundly written conclusion based on the strongest evidence.
The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual
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