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Subject: Re: [APG] ?Fundamental Genealogical Principles?
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 21:16:08 EDT
Wow, big question, Anne. If I had to name three principles or qualities
of sound genealogical research, I might start with these. Genealogical
research should be:
- evidence-based -- that is, pursued through clearly stated hypotheses or
suppositions that can be tested against evidence.
- documented -- therefore, replicable and subject to verification by others.
- thorough (although not necessarily exhaustive, since time and money don't
always allow us to find every known, or unknown, source) enough that facts
are tested against multiple sources.
I'm sure others can add more, or state these principles in different ways,
but I'll stop with these. I won't try to tackle your second question.
Jay Fonkert, CG
Saint Paul, MN
CG (Certified Genealogist) is a service mark of the Board for Certification
of Genealogists, used under license by Board-certified associates after
periodic competency evaluations.
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