D. Joshua Taylor gave an excellent lecture at RootsTech about how to resolve conflicts in genealogy research. He said that if you are not finding any conflicts in your genealogy research, you may not be doing reasonably exhaustive research. During his lecture, he reviewed 8 methods for resolving conflicts, and gave several helpful examples. It was a great lecture. I'm sharing the first few steps that he suggested. Bio: D. Joshua Taylor is the President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, host of Genealogy Roadshow (PBS), and a frequent speaker on family history at venues across the globe....
In our podcast episode today, Diana and I discuss what negative evidence really is, and how it differs from negative results. We will talk about a couple examples of negative evidence and negative results, and how you can create citations for your negative results. Links Speaking Negatively: The Difference Between Negative Results and Negative Evidence Research Like a Pro, Part 2: Analyze Your Sources RLP 3: Analyze Your Sources Research Like a Pro eCourse Study Group - more information and email list Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com Thank you Thanks...
In our podcast episode today, Diana and I discuss the difference between indirect evidence vs. direct evidence. Is a birth year calculated from a census record considered direct or indirect evidence? What about the birth year ranges in pre-1850 U.S. Censuses? And what does your research question have to do with the type of evidence? Links Genealogy Evidence Analysis – Free Template and Lucinda Keaton Sample Research Like a Pro, Part 2: Analyze Your Sources RLP 3: Analyze Your Sources Transitional Genealogists Rootsweb Message thread from July 2013 with the title “direct vs. indirect” QuickLesson 13: Classes of Evidence—Direct, Indirect...
In our Research Like a Pro study group, one of the first assignments is to analyze existing evidence. This is actually my favorite assignment. It is so fun to comb through what I've already gathered about a research question and look for clues to help me see where to go next in my research. I've been studying Genealogy Standards, a book published by The Board for Certification of Genealogists to better understand the different parts of analysis: Source (Original record, derivative record, or authored narrative) Information (Primary, secondary, or undetermined) Evidence (direct, indirect, or negative) In my most recent project, I compiled...
Which census records are the best to search? All of them! Each census of an individual's life provides valuable information. The trick is in learning to evaluate and analyze the data. You don't know what you don't know, so today I'll be sharing ideas for how to use the censuses that you've already located. I'll also share my favorite links for census research, and demystify the non-population schedules. If you missed it, in Back to the Basics with U.S. Census Research - Part I you'll learn why the census was taken, what information you can learn for each year, and census search...
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